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Truss Rod Mechanics: A Short Pictorial Guide
Truss rods are a fantastically simple innovation for addressing multiple neck & action issues. If it's so simple though, why is this article necessary? Well, after receiving an email from a first-time builder wondering about the plausibility of creating an…
Pickup Winding Guide: Part I – Approach
This guide will take you through the various materials & winding techniques used, and attempt to distill a complex art into an understandable formula. As a result, you should be able to wind your own pickups with some level of…
A Guitar Player’s Guide to Moisture and Humidity

Guest post by Brian Kelleher regarding the importance of balancing the humidity in your guitar’s environment.

All About Guitar Inlays – Design, Carve, and Embed Inlays
This is a big subject, but we’re going to try to distill things and send you down a path you feel confident about. To begin, you should know that there are many ways to create beautiful guitar inlays. Some inlaying…
Guitar Neck Profile Guide
Perhaps one of the most overlooked (or unrecognized) features of a guitar is its neck profile. For many guitarists, the specific shaping of their guitar’s neck isn’t on their list of specifications when describing their needs. The reason for this…
Neck Pitch – Why and How
For a beginner guitarist, neck pitch (tilt) is nowhere on the radar when it comes to choosing an instrument. The color is much more important. They'll eventually discover that different neck pitches change the feel of the guitar significantly, though.…
Now Available: Custom Guitar Template Drawings
As many of you may not know already, I have been creating custom template drawings for customers. This is not something that was ever advertised, it just came about after various people contacted me via email to ask if it…
Build Log: Semi-Hollow Acrylic Top Flying V
While this may be the first build log published on Electric Herald, it's certainly not the first build to come from the templates found here. What's interesting about this one is that some significant modifications were made to the original…
How to Intonate a Guitar (or Bass)
While this article deals specifically with standard single scale instruments in mind, you may use the same process on multi-scale instruments. Multi-scale instruments are designed to address some of the intonation problems outlined below, but still are subject to the…
Top 20: Best Electric Guitar Kits [2021]

Tired of the same Strat kits? We’ve assembled the best group of unique, high quality electric guitar kits available with all specs listed.

The Electric Herald is a fantastic resource for Guitarists and Luthiers seeking to hone and refine their craft. Joel’s expertise is unmatched, and his guiding tips, tricks and insights make this platform one of the most impactful on the web. We browse his content quite often for inspiration and knowledge for our own guitar guides and recommendations.

Liam F | Music Grotto | Founder and Editor

We’ve worked successfully with Joel on several custom guitars and wouldn’t hesitate to do so again when the need arises. There is an attention to detail and a level of intuition here that is uncommon to find.

Jeff Lee | Halo Custom Guitars, Inc. | CEO

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