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If you're having a problem with your acoustic guitar, this reference should point you in the right direction to learn whether you can remedy the problem yourself.

1. Adjusting Intonation

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Unfortunately, this process isn't as easy as it is on an electric guitar. On an acoustic, to drastically adjust intonation you'll have to re-orient, or replace the saddle. This article details the process.

2. Caring for Your Tuners

If it moves, oil it! Simple steps for keeping your tuners is fully working order. Applies to all instruments with tuners.

3. Correcting Front/Back Bow in Neck

This article outlines the relatively simple process of adjusting the neck on almost any type of guitar to correct front or back bowing.

4. Fixing Stripped Wood Screws

You know the really small screws that hold various things (like tuners) in place on your guitar? Overtightening these can cause them to be stripped. Here's what to do if you have stripped your wood screws.

5. French Polishing

This is a technique used to apply finish to instruments - one that is very labor-intensive, therefore almost never performed. Although this won't provide you with everything you need to know to perform a french polish, it's informative nonetheless.

6. Fret Levelling

If you own a well-used guitar, and are experiencing buzzing on certain frets, there is a chance that fret has been worn down. This article explains the process of correcting that problem.

7. Installing Strap Buttons

If you really feel comfortable drilling a hole into your instrument, in order to install and end pin (strap button), then this article should give you the basics. Me... I'll leave drilling up to the pros.

8. Removing Bridge Pins

Sometimes, a bridge pin (the thing that holds the string in place on your bridge) can get wedged in, and is very hard to remove. This instructional offers some techniques for extracting these stubborn pins.
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