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Is Rosewood Disappearing?

Allen McBroom

Is Rosewood Disappearing?

Rosewood has been an integral part of musical instrument manufacturing for as long as we can remember.  Fretboards and guitar bodies are two of the most dominant uses these days, but that may soon change. It seems the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) decided in 2016 that rosewood is teetering on the brink of extinction.  It doesn't matter that it really isn't teetering on the brink, or isn't really anywhere close to the edge.  CITES decided that commerce in nearly all species of rosewood should be regulated, and the US government signed onto the CITES treaty in...

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Counterfeit Guitars

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Counterfeit Guitars

There's been a marked increase in the number of counterfeit guitars we've been seeing at Backstage Music in recent years.  One recent one looked pretty valid at 20 feet, but the closer it got, the more apparent it was that this Gibson Les Paul was neither a Gibson, nor a Les Paul.  Spotting fakes takes a bit detective work, and a bit of construction detail knowledge.  There's no definitive guide to spotting what form a fake will take, so what we have to do in order to spot fakes is have a high degree of familiarity with the details of...

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Bad Frets? See Before And After Photos Of Fret Redemption

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Bad Frets?  See Before And After Photos Of Fret Redemption

Worn out frets can make an otherwise great guitar a pitiful thing. Fret buzz, rattle, intonation problems, hair loss (maybe not hair loss) can all result from badly worn frets. The 'before' photo above shows badly worn frets. This guitar had been played so much that the first 12 frets all had grooves like those shown here, and the guitar was pretty much unplayable.

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Should I Keep Those Silica Gel Packs In My Guitar Case?

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Should I Keep Those Silica Gel Packs In My Guitar Case?

I'd guess everyone has run into those little white pouches of silica gel. They are included in the shipping materials with electronics and anything else that could be damaged by too much humidity. This is especially true if the item has been shipped across the ocean, such as, say, guitars and other wood instruments.

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Audio and Video Systems

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Audio and Video Systems

From small churches to the huge the MSU Dudy Noble baseball stadium, and everything in between, Backstage Music is the A/V leader in North Mississippi. Restaurants, football stadiums, government offices, anywhere people need to hear well and see better, we're the experts. Design, installation, and service are what we do.

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