Bass guitar wiring -> before – during – after

Customer dropped off beautiful old bass guitar, had some rewiring done in 1975!  Owner stated it was cutting out and sometimes had no signal.

A little messy and maybe a little crusty

Got the go ahead to rewire with new pots and output jack but save the switches and capacitor.

Got all the crusty foil off

Go the new foil on and placed controls on the pick guard.

Got it all wired up.

All wired up

Wired in pickups and all is well.

New volume and tone control, output jack. Saved the capacitor and switches.

We can do most any electrical work on guitars.  Stop by and let’s take a look.

A Music Center Blooms in North Conway

In 2008 we had the idea that a full service music center would be a nice addition to the North Country of New Hampshire. We did some research, asked some musicians, and founded North Conway Music Center in a little 800 sq.ft. storefront on the North side of town.

From day one we were busy. Thanks to such strong and growing community support, we needed more space. In 2013, having completely outgrown the initial space, we moved to a new upgraded location right on the strip in North Conway.

Our 4,000 sq.ft. space in the Red Barn Center hosts teaching studios, our repair center, rental spaces, lots of new and used instruments and all manner of accessories.

Among our many services, we repair acoustic and electric instruments, we buy and trade used instruments, appraise musical instruments, offer school band instruments and sound systems for rent, and much more.

Please come visit us and find out why so many folks have found us to be knowledgeable, friendly, helpful, and convenient! We’re open 7 days a week right between SeaDog Brewing and Dunkin’ Donuts on the strip in North Conway. Call us at (603) 356-3562 or email us. We welcome your questions and comments.

Synthetic Vs. Petroleum Valve Oils – Which Should I Use?

You’re in the store, staring at the wall of oils. There’s Hetman’s, Superslick, Holton, Yamaha, an abundance of oils. But which one is right for your horn? And how do you know? There are easy answers for these questions, but let’s dive in to the reasoning behind those answers.

Synthetic Molecules
Petroleum Molecules

There are many reasons to switch to a synthetic oil, some being that it will last longer in your horn (gumming up much less, allowing you to go longer between cleanings), and it will stay consistent and stable, even when exposed to different temperatures. The reason behind this stability can be found in the molecules. In petroleum oils the molecules vary in size, allowing the oil to break down at different points, creating a sluggish feel in your oil even just days after it’s applied. With same-size molecules the breakdown process happens all at once, and much longer after application than the petroleum based. This creates a long-lasting, stable, and reliable feel in your valves. Overall, a bottle of synthetic will not only last longer than a petroleum bottle, but will feel better, longer.

Here’s some of our favorite brands of synthetic valve oil. Come on in to learn the differences! Nicole would love to discuss all our oils, and find what’s best for you.

Hetman Light Piston Oil
Yamaha Synthetic Valve Oil
Superslick Valve Oil with Silicone

Information and images sourced from the Yamaha Corporation of America and Yamaha Corporation