Fender Classic Vibe 60’s sunburst Stratocaster

Repair log: a 2013 left handed Squier by Fender Classic Vibe 60’s sunburst Stratocaster. Crafted in China by AXL.

Copyright retained, Terry Relph-Knight 04/02/20 

Value – £ 422 new £ 250 resale, purchased via EBAY auction – £120

? Fender web site RRP = £369

Weight – 3.4 Kgm, 7.495 lbs

Note – Owner says the truss rod required a ¼ turn tightening after he got the guitar home, so it seems the neck moved even after normalising in my workshop for several days.

A Squier Classic Vibe 60’s Left Handed Stratocaster delivered in a Fender tweed finish gig bag. Missing the left handed vibrato arm. Strung with Rotosound 9 to 42 as delivered. Re-strung with the included set of Ernie Ball orange pack RPS Hybrid Slinkies 9, 11, 16, 26, 36, 46.

 

Hex keys required for adjustment – 4mm or 3/16 inch for the truss rod and 1.5mm for the bridge height grub screws.

The Squier Classic Vibe 60’s Stratocasters are very well regarded, although this opinion is based on the earlier Chinese made instruments. In 2019 manufacture of this model switched from China to Indonesia with some changes in specification. There is some speculation that these Indonesian instruments are inferior to the earlier Chinese guitars. Most recent web site listings show the body as pine for the 50s CVs and nato for the 60s and 70s, rather than the alder of the earlier instruments.

The CV 60’s Strat has a classic appearance, with a tinted finish neck, Kluson style tuners, a vintage trem and a three colour sunburst body (other colours may include Candy Apple Red and Lake Placid Blue). It has a three ply pick guard while the 50s models have single ply. But this CV 60s Strat model does nod towards modernity with a 9.5 inch radius neck, fairly substantial frets, a 5 way pickup switch and a ‘calibrated’ or graduated set of pickups with RWRP middle pickup. 

The curved “veneer” rosewood fretboards, like the board on this guitar, are apparently made by sanding a concave curve into a slab of rosewood, not by bending a thinner board. Fender supposedly introduced them either a) because they had trouble with the slab rosewood boards overpowering the maple neck, causing warping, or b) because they wanted to retain the signature Fender sound, but with the cosmetics of a rosewood board. Although slab rosewood fretboards are the most common construction used today.

Problems – In for a general setup and rewiring and possible fret work. When the pickup selector is in position 4, only the neck pickup is in the circuit. Neck and middle pickups are hooked up when the selector is part way between positions 3 and 4. Loose output jack. Rewire to a PTB and a 6 way pickup selector for a neck plus bridge pickup option. Buzz on the G string. Wonky grub screw on the low E saddle. Poorly installed vibrato.

Body –  A two piece alder body with an almost invisible join, slightly off centre towards the treble side. Finished in a three colour sunburst with a high gloss poly clear coat. There are two noticeable dents in the front of the guitar and one on the back. Routed for a single coil neck, P90 middle and a humbucker at the bridge. A61996 is punch stamped in the bottom of the middle route. The body cavities are screened with black conductive paint. The neck pocket has 41114L written in ball point pen. There were no shims in the pocket, but it does have some odd chisel marks in the bottom. The neck is secured with a four bolt neck plate. The four screw holes seem symmetrically drilled and perpendicular through the body, but they are very tight. 

Neck – A 21 fret, 9.5 inch radius maple neck with some nice quilt figuring, finished in a vintage tint gloss poly. The thin curved ‘veneer’ fretboard is probably Indian laurel (maybe rosewood). Fret markers are white plastic dots with quite small white side dots and, of necessity given the thin fret board, half in the board and half in the maple neck. Neck profile is a generic C shape. The nut is ‘synthetic bone’ with an orange tint. Truss rod (3/16 hex key) adjustment is from the headstock. The hole for the key is trimmed with a walnut fillet. An ink stamp on the end of the neck shows the date 2013-05-14. The Squier logo in gold with a black outline, preceded by STRATOCASTER in black, appears on the front of the headstock with a small black Fender below it. In black on the back of the headstock – “Designed and backed by Fender, Crafted in China, s/n CGS1314190”.

Hardware –  The vintage style left handed vibrato has a thin, low mass, zinc alloy inertia block and is missing the vibrato arm. The vibrato has six folded steel saddles with a string spacing at a ‘modern’ 2 1/16 inches or 52.5mm (the six pivot screws are at the same spacing). It is fitted with three springs with the outer two set in a V. Although this is, for some reason, a ‘fashionable’ way to fit three springs, in this case it may be to help one of the outer springs not rubbing on the cavity wall because the vibrato spring tension screws have been very poorly installed. The route for the vibrato through the body is at a slight angle. The vibrato cavity cover is thin, single ply, gloss black plastic with six individual string access holes.

The tuning machines are vintage style Kluson reproductions, with the fixed oval metal buttons and slotted posts with a central hole. A single bent metal string tree is fitted under the E and B strings on a 4mm spacer.

The four bolt neck plate is nickel plated steel with the Squier logo by Fender etched into it. The neck is attached with four large head nickel plated steel wood screws with 8mm of plain shank below the head.

The three controls, fitted with cream plastic non-genuine Fender UFO knobs, are wired as for a classic Strat with a global volume, the first tone for the neck pickup and the second for the middle pickup. They don’t feel like they are the correct law for a lefty (turns out they are labelled anti-log -C250K). Pickup selection is via a 5 way switch (economy PCB type) that isn’t switching the neck and middle combination – only the neck is connected. If this is a switch fault it doesn’t matter because the plan is to replace the switch with a 6 way.

The three, spring mounted pickups have lightly bevelled Alnico rod magnets in a modern stagger. Some online sources say that the pickups in a 2013 CV use Alnico 3 magnets. The Fender web site says only ‘Fender® Designed Alnico Single-Coil’. Measurements show this guitar has Alnico 5 magnets and the centre pickup is RWRP for hum cancellation in the in between switch positions.

The pick guard is a three ply tortoiseshell guard (dark brown with yellow streaking running top to bottom) secured by 11 ‘large’ headed screws. The jack plate is secured with two ‘small’ screws (usually the jack plate and the pick guard screws are all the same).

Work done – The guitar was examined for obvious external faults and measurements taken of the set up as delivered. Used steam to reduce the depth of the body dents.

Replaced the control pots and wiring with a 6 way pickup selector switch, adding the combined neck and bridge pickup selection and a Passive Treble Bass control layout. Replaced the low cost single leaf output jack with a recurved tip contact Switchcraft jack.

Stripped the bridge and soaked all the small parts in WD40. Fitted M5 brass washers under the outside two bridge pivot screws to minimise friction. Replaced the six rather small vibrato pivot screws with larger chrome plated hardened steel screws. Bolted three steel plates to the inertia block to increase mass, reducing string vibration cross talk. Replaced the two vibrato spring tension screws with more suitable screws and re-drilled the two screw holes with an ‘aircraft’ bit, so the spring claw sits in the centre of the spring cavity and the tension screws have a good range of adjustment. Used a Dremel tool to sand back the rear corners of the vibrato route to clear the corners of the inertia block.

Adjusted the truss rod to get the neck dead straight and then re-levelled, re-crowned and polished all the frets. Sanded the gloss off the bottom of the neck heel to improve friction against the neck pocket. Tightened all the loose tuner screws to stop tuner waggle affecting tuning stability.

Adjusted the truss rod, neck and bridge for action and intonation. All parts cleaned and polished. 

Analysis

With the strings off, the neck unbolted from the body and the frets polished it is possible to see fret wear divots under the plain strings extending all the way down to the fifteenth fret. The last six frets after the 15th look factory fresh.

This guitar has been played and played hard, there are even the beginning of some fingernail grooves under the G string from the third fret to the sixth. The first five frets look relatively normal apart from the wear under the plain strings, the next ten frets show signs of levelling (flat tops) mostly across the middle of the frets and then the last six frets look factory fresh. So there are three sections of frets each in different condition. Perhaps a previous owner removed the strings and the neck from the body and tried to level the frets without adjusting the truss rod for a flat neck. Correct levelling would have removed material all the way across the tops of all frets, until all wear disappeared, followed by re-crowning and polishing of all the frets. It will require some careful truss rod tweaks and a re-level and re-crown to restore the frets, if they have it in them.

As delivered the vibrato was flat to the body. Effectively it was locked in place by the six (rather small) pivot screws, which were all screwed down to the top of the bridge plate. Checking the saddle heights at the bridge, the G and the B string were sitting below a 9.5 inch radius gauge. 

Apart from the vibrato/tremolo bridge being the cheapest version of the Fender design, with a skinny zinc alloy inertia block and the obligatory sloppy, screw in vibrato arm, it has also been very poorly installed. The six screw holes in the body for the vintage vibrato bridge are not drilled in a straight line, which is always a bad thing as far as stability is concerned for this type of bridge. The two outside screws are drilled a little forward of the other four so this might be an attempt by the factory to have the bridge pivot mainly on the the two outer screws. These wood screws are unusually small; 2.7mm diameter on the smooth shaft below the head by 25mm in length. 3.5mm diameter is a more common size for bridge pivot screws. The two spring tension screws go the other  extreme and are fat and short, 3.6mm by 30mm, countersunk headed screws. They are drilled low in the spring cavity, at quite an angle and are offset to the treble side, so the claw tends to foul the wall of the cavity. The range of vibrato spring tension is restricted by the shortness of these screws. I removed these screws, redrilled the holes so the spring claw sits central in the cavity and fitted longer screws with smaller heads. The routing in the body for the bridge is not quite true.

 

Drilled fresh holes and fitted new screws to centre the claw and springs in the vibrato cavity

 

The saddle intonation screws are all nickel plated steel M3 by 15mm, all the springs are 12mm except for one 6mm (for the low E). Height grub screws are either M3 by 10mm, or 8mm on the two E strings. All of the intonation screws had started to rust. The six folded steel saddles are plain, with no branding stamp. The die-cast zinc alloy inertia block is the economy lightweight (128gms) skinny version. The addition of three custom made steel weights to the block increased its total weight to 226gms. In comparison an original Fender machined steel block weighs 283gms.

 

Steel weights bolted to the skinny zinc alloy inertia block 

The electronics are three small (16mm case diam) C250K (anti-log) Alpha pots, measured as – vol 255.4K, tone 1 245.9K, tone 2 244.3K, a low cost PCB based selector switch and a 2A333J brown resin dipped plastic film (marked value 0.033uF) tone capacitor.

 

Squier electronics re-wired

Set-up notes

Once reassembled with the modified bridge it’s apparent that a neck shim will be needed.

Added a 1 inch long by 0.029 inch thick shim.

But nothing is simple – the screw holes in the body are so tight that they won’t allow the neck to tilt  to the angle dictated by the shim! So I need to drill the body holes for  a looser fit on the screws. The screw thread diameter is 0.195 inches or 4.95mm. Redrilling to 5mm was just enough.

Action height

As delivered the open string action height at the 17th fret is 2.25mm for the low E and 2.0mm for the high E. After set-up the action is 1.50 and 1.25mm.

Intonation 

Saddle position measurements are between the front of the saddle and the back of the bridge plate.

CentsmmAfter re-string and adjustment

E +16 27.06 27.61

A +7 29.92 29.89

D +11 30.89 30.94

G +10 29.60 28.89

B 0 30.33 30.83

E 0 37.24 32.35

Pickups –

The three single coil pickups use vintage construction with the six rod magnets push fitted into black Forbon fibre end plates (a.k.a. flatwork).

The neck pickup is labelled STA3N-L(fender)-VC, the middle pickup STA3M-L(fender)-VC and the bridge pickup STA3B-L(fender)-VC, white lettering on transparent labels. The silicon rubber insulated output wires are colour coded red and black for the neck, yellow and black for the middle pickup and blue and black for the bridge. The pickups show little sign of wax potting and the windings are wrapped in a protective layer of black fabric self adhesive tape.

As far as this coding is concerned, ST probably means Stratocaster, A3 might be taken to mean Alnico 3, which is how some descriptions of this guitar refer to the pickups, although my measurements show the magnets are Alnico 5, N B and L stand for neck middle and bridge, L for left handed, fender in brackets indicating the pickups were made for Fender (Fender is unlikely to refer to its own pickups in this way) and of course VC stands for vibe classic (yes it really says VC on the labels).

Roswell Pickups uses the codes STA-N (5.6K Alnico 5) STA-M (5.8K Alnico 5) and STA-B (6.4K Alnico 5) for one of the sets in its range of Strat pickups. So it seems possible that the pickups in this guitar are either that Roswell set, or a customised version of that set, made by Roswell for Fender. The listing on the Fender web site for the Squier Classic Vibe 60’s only says ‘Fender Designed Alnico Single-Coil’ for the pickup description.

Pickup measurements

Neck – STA3N-L(fender)-VC measured without strings Capacitance – 92.18pF

L in HenrysQESR in Kohm

100Hz 2.459 0.253 6.10

120Hz 2.455 0.302 6.11

1000Hz 2.48 2.43 6.40

Lp at 1000Hz = 2.902H

Magnet orientation – South up

Low E = 1190 gauss, 1110, 1050, 920, 880 High E = 1120 gauss (the high E magnet is the shortest)

Middle – STA3M-L(fender)-VC measured without strings Capacitance – 92.13pF

L in HenrysQESR in Kohm

100Hz 2.765 0.259 6.70

120Hz 2.761 0.309 6.72

1000Hz 2.789 2.48 7.04

Lp at 1000Hz = 3.242H

Magnet orientation – North up

Low E = 1120 gauss, 1000, 1120, 960, 810 High E = 920 gauss (the high E magnet is the shortest)

Bridge – STA3B-L(fender)-VC measured without strings Capacitance = 93.95pF

L in HenrysQESR in Kohm

100Hz 3.059 0.278 6.89

120Hz 3.053 0.333 6.9

1000Hz 3.089 2.64 7.34

Lp at 1000Hz = 3.534H

Magnet orientation – South up

Low E = 1150  gauss, 1090, 1190, 930, 900 high E = 910 gauss (the high E magnet is the shortest)

The measurements show this is a ‘calibrated’ set, with the inductance increasing from the neck to the bridge. An Alnico 5 set, slightly hotter than vintage pickups, but with quite a low self capacitance. The Gauss readings only roughly follow the magnet lengths. The tallest magnet is under the D string so this should be the strongest magnet, and the shortest is under the B string. The neck pickup appears to have a weirdly strong high E magnet. This pickup set should provide a snappy standard modern Strat sound. Hum cancelling in selector positions 2 and 4 due to the RWRP middle pickup. With an inductance of slightly over 3H, the bridge pickup should avoid ‘ice pick’ trebles. 

Billie Joe Armstrong

Billie Joe Armstrong & Green Day

What Makes Them so Special?

Are you a fan of Green Day? Well, you’re in good company! 

This band formed in Berkeley (California), sold more than 85 million records all over the world and is considered, together with Offspring, the band who brought back punk rock to the mainstream.

There are many reasons why Green Day are so special, for example:

1) They are one of the few bands who received a Diamond record

Their third album Dookie sold over 10 million copies in the US only and is one of the milestones of contemporary punk rock.

2) They were robbed of a record but created a new one

In 2003 Green Day was about to release a new album called Cigarettes and Valentines, but someone stole the mastery recordings from their studio. Instead of recording it again, they did a completely new album, American Idiot. And we all know how successful it was.

3) One of their albums inspired a Broadway musical

Always speaking about American Idiot: this concept album was adapted to become a successful stage musical that features all the tracks from the album.

Billie Joe Armstrong, the frontman

Naturally, the huge success of Green Day is also due to their frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. In addition to being a good singer, Billie is also a great guitarist, who needs only an acoustic guitar to make an incredible performance. 

Simplicity is what makes his style remarkable. Most of Green Days songs are composed of only a few chords joined with an energetic, aggressive strumming style. This is what led an entire generation of young musicians to dream of being a rockstar.

Also, Billie Joe Armstrong usually doesn’t use any particular sound effect, and that makes his music accessible to those who want to learn guitar. Billie plays both acoustic and electric guitar, and his favorite brands are Gibson and Fender. 

By the way, Gibson released a special limited edition of their J-180 model, which is the same one Billie uses during his live performances. It has the Everly Brothers bridge and a double pickguard on it.

Green Day beautiful songs

Green Day released so many amazing singles that it is hard to choose the greatest ones. Here is a short list of three titles you definitely should know:

1) Basket Case

This is probably the song that led Green Day to be known to the great public. Its melody is unmistakable and makes you want to turn up the music and go wild.

2) Wake Me Up When September Ends

Billie Joe Armstrong wrote this song for his father’s death The video clip is instead aligned with the political issues of the American Idiot album, which the song is taken from. It shows, in fact, a young couple in love divided by the Iraq War. 

This ballad is one of the masterpieces of the band and reached the top ten singles chart in a lot of countries.

3) Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)

Despite being part of Nimrod, a less fortunate album in terms of sales, this a song, with a capital “S”, especially if you’re learning guitar. 

It has a simple melody, easy to play, which immediately builds a magical atmosphere every time you listen to it. This is the perfect song to remember good things.

Do you like Green Day? Contact Guitar Lessons London to learn to play their beautiful songs!

Becoming A Guitarist

Become A Guitarist 

Music, practice, time, resources – learning to play the guitar might be difficult done overnight, but it certainly can be done from the comfort of your own home. You may be finding yourself with a lot more spare time that you’re using for playing with the cats or watching Tiger documentaries. If you haven’t yet, seize this as an opportunity to dust off those guitar strings and knuckling down to some learning. 

Becoming A Guitarist

Becoming A Guitarist

What does learning the guitar at home require? Well.. firstly an instrument, some structure and decision-making. You may already be tapping your pick against the table thinking when will I play the solo at the end of Bohemian Rhapsody, but you need a guitar above anything else. 

Depending on your budget, an acoustic guitar from any online retailer like Andertons or Dawsons will do the trick and I would advise for your first, something cheap and cheerful before going into your local specialist music shop to try and play a few when you want to upgrade. 

With a trusted sword on our belts, it’s time to head to battle and depending on the kind of person you are, there are a host of books, apps or teacher options allowing you to find whatever suits your style of learning; no excuses! 

Online you can find countless videos on YouTube, with tutorials on every guitar topic from tuning to strumming to playing scales and improvising. However if you’re like me and you prefer a good book then I’d recommend Guitar Method by Hal Leonard. There are lots of options out there, just check the reviews! The Fender Tune App is great for a standard guitar tuner or if you know a bit about the guitar already then maybe try the Guitar Tool Kit app on which you can see all the scales and keys on the fretboard for a very affordable price. 

Every guitarist wants to be Jimi Hendrix, but it’s just a phase so don’t get agitated if it’s taking you longer than you thought, enjoy that journey and keep a notebook to relate back to and acknowledge those small achievements. Keep that drive going, designate some time each day or week to progress and write up your aims and achievements. Don’t be put off by the strain of your fingers, because tomorrow they won’t be hurting like they did today. 

Finally remember never to put added pressure on yourself. The London Guitar Academy is home to a whole selection of professional and engaging teachers, so if you find yourself stuck get in touch and we’d be happy to help. We do online lessons among our own studio and home visits, so no need to leave the house. You can just pop that cat documentary on pause. 

Guitar Lessons for Adults Beginner

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Adults

Have you always dreamt of learning to play guitar but never tried? No problem! It’s never too late and you can still learn as an adult. Here at London Guitar Academy, the most experienced, dedicated and enthusiastic tutors are happy to teach you all the techniques to become a confident guitarist.

Are you ready to start? Let’s go!

Obstacles to overcome

Learning guitar as an adult is not the same thing as doing this as a child. There will be certainly some difficulties you will have to face, but with a few tips, they won’t be a problem.

Guitar Lessons for Adults

Guitar Lessons for Adults

First of all, you have to find the time. Job, family, and daily chores indeed bring the majority of our time, but if you’re motivated, the guitar can, however, be a priority. 

That doesn’t mean you have to set impossible goals: practising every day for only five minutes is more useful to improve your music skills than constantly skipping your a-hour-an-half training because you have to go grocery shopping / take your children at school.

Then, be realistic: as an adult, you will never become an international rockstar, so lower your expectations. Anyway, you can become a good guitarist, and perform in front of your friends or (why not?) on a local stage.

Essential techniques and beautiful songs to play

The first rule to learn fast to play guitar is the same for all ages, that is, PRACTISING. However, while children have less difficult to apply this rule – because they like better playing than studying theory – adults tend to be more… rational, so they often ask too many questions and want to find a logic.

But the point is that music is an art, not a matter of logic.

So, stop asking why that finger must pick that precise string and let yourself be carried away by the magic of melodies. Of course, you will have to train your fingers numb by typing on your computer keyboard.

Talking about something else, adult guitar students have a big quality, they generally know a lot about the different music genres, because they listened to a lot of music when they were young.

As a consequence, they have a wider music background than kids, so it is less boring for them to learn classic songs from the past decades. A good idea is to start from a song that you like and that suits your level.

Some good titles for beginners are:

  • One of Us by Joan Osborne
  • Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) by Green Day
  • Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door by Bob Dylan
  • Twist and Shout by The Beatles

Social benefits of playing guitar

Playing guitar has social benefits for an adult too because it allows you to know people of your same age to share the passion for music and improve music and rhythmic skills.

Look for guitar ensemble in your area or Facebook groups. Maybe you will find other beginning adult guitarist as you to spend spare time and have fun together. You can, for example, go to concerts, play at village fairs, pubs…

Are you still convinced that you’re too old to learn guitar? Contact us for your first lesson!

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Amazing Guitar Albums

7 Amazing Guitar Albums You Must Own

 (and the reason why you will love them)

If you’re a guitar student, you certainly want to learn from the biggest artists in the story of music. Legends can teach a lot, from techniques to style, in addition to being legends. Also, if love guitar, there are some albums you can’t not have because they built the basis of current music.

Which are the LPs or CDs you must listen to over and over again? 

In this article you will find a list of 7 iconic guitar albums you must have in your music collection, with the best tracks and the hidden gems perhaps you didn’t know.

7 Amazing Guitar Albums You Must Own

7 Amazing Guitar Albums You Must Owns

This album is considered a milestone by all guitarists. Eddie Van Halen’s guitar technique is amazing and it features a perfect mastering of tapping and artificial harmonic. Among the tracks, Eruption is one of the most important guitar solo of all time.

Fun fact, Eddie Van Halen played the guitar that he built himself in 1974. It was called Frankenstrat and was a sort of crossover between a Fender and a Gibson.

2) The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd (1973)

This album, besides being important for the texts, which talk about what escapes from rational control, represents the endpoint of Pink Floyd’s musical experiments.

David Gilmour in this album plays a 1969 Fender Stratocaster, which he modified by adding a custom switch. This produces a sound effect that blends all three pickups at once, and you can hear it in the song Speak to me.

3) Abraxas by Carlos Santana (1970)

Santana is certainly one of the best guitarists of contemporary music and in this album invented without knowing the world music genre. All the tracks merge rock with Latin music, creating an unmistakable sound. Samba Pa Ti is the most famous track of the album.

4) Master of Puppets by Metallica (1986)

This is a landmark for all heavy metal lovers. The sound of the guitar is very strong and powerful in all the songs, especially in the title track. Metallica’s leader James Hetfield here plays a Jackson King V, customised with a stickers. Another interesting track is Orion, composed by bass player Clif Burton.

5) Appetite for Destruction by Guns’ N Roses (1987)

This is the debut album of the band, which sold over 30 million copies in all the world and is considered one of the most important ones in rock history. Sweet Child O’Mine is the most famous song of the album and has a beautiful guitar riff played by the band guitarist Slash. Also, you can find another amazing riff in track Out Ta Get Me.

6) The Colour and the Shape by Foo Fighters (1997)

Foo Fighters grunge-inspired garage rock here takes more defined outlines. Maybe this is not the most famous rock album, but you will love it for its addictive sound. A song to be mentioned is Monkey Wrench.

7) Dookie by Green (1994)

Finally, this is the album the made Green Day emerge in the mainstream and gave new life to punk rock in the ’90s. Billie Joe Armstrong is an excellent guitarist and loves to combine his favorite guitar, a Fernandes Stratocaster, with a variety of amplifiers. Basket Case is the most known track of the album.

Have you ever listened to these albums? Contact London Guitar School for more rock legends!

FaceTime Guitar Lessons

FaceTime & Skype Guitar Lessons

The Easy, Fast and Fun Way to Learn Guitar!

Would you like to learn the guitar but you can’t reach the music studio of your choice? 

No problem! London Guitar Academy offers you the possibility to learn guitar staying at home and sitting comfortably on your sofa. A good option to substitute in-person lessons is FaceTime and Skype.

Both the apps allow you to see your teacher and follow live the lesson, just as you were at school. Also, your teacher can correct your mistakes and you can easily explain to him/her your difficulties to improve your music skills.

FaceTime Guitar Lessons

FaceTime Guitar Lessons

Another big advantage is that you can share files with your teacher: this will help with your practice between one lesson and another.

Also, you can pay online for your lessons, which is convenient. Easy, right?

What do you need?

Having guitar lessons via FaceTime and Skype is super easy and fast because you can do it anywhere and on any device.

All you need is a broadband internet connection, a computer/tablet/smartphone,  and a webcam (if you choose for Skype). You can use the two services on both fix or mobile devices.

FaceTime comes pre-installed in all Mac devices, while Skype needs to be installed and you can use it on both Windows PCs and Macs.

The big advantage of FaceTime is that it is very easy to use, but the con is that it works only on Mac. However, it allows your teacher to send you files directly on your email.

Don’t you have a Mac device or do you just prefer Skype? This app too is perfect for your guitar lessons. After having installed it, you can even connect your tv to your internet device and see your teacher on a wider screen. 

Last but not least, files can be shared directly on the app, without the need to open any other app. 

What can you learn with online guitar lessons?

Even if your teacher and you are in different places, “virtual” guitar tuition via FaceTime or Skype is the same that in-person lessons! 

At Guitar Lessons London we teach online electric guitar, acoustic guitar and classical guitar for all levels, You can learn from the basic chords to the essential techniques and become a good guitarist in the comfort of your home.

Also, tell us what kind of music you like best, we can teach you a lot of different guitar styles:

  • Pop
  • Rock/metal
  • Indie
  • Classical
  • Jazz
  • Funk
  • Country

Our guitar tutors are super accessible and you can arrange with them to choose the day, time and frequency for your lessons, according to the availability of them.

You can tell us which is your level, why you would like to learn the guitar… and we will be happy to make custom lessons just for you.

There’s no reason why you can’t become the guitar you’ve always dreamt of only because you can’t attend a music studio!

So, don’t be lazy and contact us to try our guitar lessons via FaceTime, Zoom and Skype!

London Guitar Academy

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Each lesson is tailored to suit each students individual taste and ability; offering a fresh and innovative approach to learning the guitar.

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