After picking up one of our rental guitars from one of the most popular Key West resorts on my way home from our family music store, Island Guitar (home of the Bone Island Music Crew) I decided to give this baby a little attention and some periodic love and affection.
So I headed to my work bench and took the old strings off. I cleaned then conditioned the fretboard before putting on the new strings. (It’s much easier and you’ll do a much better job while the strings are off!)
Then I gave the entire guitar a good cleaning and polish front and back.
Now it sounds so much better with the new strings it’s unbelievable. Dead strings can really kill a guitar’s tone, sustain, and intonation. Dead strings sound BAD. Not only playing hours count towards a string’s death – but also time alone makes them die. Strings have a shelf life once strung. Period.
Key West’s family owned and operated music store has new model ukuleles and guitars in stock and ON SALE in time for the holidays.
We have great selection of beginner, intermediate AND stage worthy instruments for sale this holiday season. We stocked heavey on ukuleles, guitars, keyboards and everything from harmonicas and tambourines to weighted key electric pianos and replacement parts like guitar strings and drum heads.
We not only sell the supplies that working musicians and students need but also offer the services that go along with these items such as ukulele string changing and guitar and bass action and intonation set-ups.
We also sell gift certificate packages for merchandise, service or repair work, and private lesson gift packages for ukulele, guitar, bass, drums, flute, cello, violin, piano, harmonica and more!
We specailize in great gift ideas and stocking stuffer ideas for musicians and musician hopefuls.
This is my wife Jamie and my TWENTIETH holiday season in the music business and feel like we can help you pick out some fun and useful gifts for the musicians on your gift list – including some great gifts for ourselves.
A quick solder repair to the input jack of this Les Paul Standard by Gibson USA – then the guitar and happy customer headed back to a night of music on world famous Duval street!
While in for the emergency guitar repair, a happy guitar player from Italy finds his way to my collection of tone makers and effect pedals – he rented my TREX Replica delay and original Ibanez TS-9 Tube Screamer along with my vintage Marshall JTM30.
After I set up the action and Floyd Rose on this electric Dean Deceiver I played through some different sound effect FX pedals like this BOSS octave, MXR Carbon Copy (digital delay), and my favorite – the Dunlop Crybaby pedal selection. My favorite Wah pedals were Slash, Joe Bonamassa, and of course the Jimi Hendrix!
Staying late after a nice day of teaching guitar and ukulele lessons at my Key West Music store to set up this awesome Les Paul, made custom new by Gibson USA .
One LUCKY customer is going to be getting this 1971 Gibson Les Paul Sunburst back in a day or two with a few tone tricks added in!! I can’t wait to string it up and test drive it and stretch the strings out on this one.
This LP had some electrical issues that were more of an old age time/worn issue – this beauty is as good as they get – sound and pliability are top shelf!! – well it is getting up there in age 43 yrs old makes it vintage to me!
I stayed late after a great day of guitar and ukulele lessons at our local Key West music shop and added some KILLER TONE TRICK MODS and an AMAZING set up on this already amazing Les Paul Custom Zakk Wylde Camo signature Epiphone guitar.
I’d say that my favorite thing about it, is the maple neck AND fretboard! A little weird at first – it feels kind of like a tele maple fretboard.