Alan Horvath

Alan plays acoustic 6-string guitar, uses "open" tunings, and sings his songs with raw sincerity. He has recently added dulcimers, autoharp, and octave mandolin to his show, and via his site's "JAM!" link, Alan offers a host of cool resources and links for guitarists, dulcimerists, Autoharpists, and songwriters. Check out

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  1. Sanjay
    April 8th, 2012 @ 12:00 pm


    I have an ESP LTD EC 1000 that’s less than a year old. Recently I noticed a buzz on the lower frets and the tech said there’s a hump on the neck/fretboard around the 3rd – 5th frets. He says that’s due to the wood not having enough moisture there coz it was not properly seasoned by the manufacturer. What should I do to add moisture . . keep the humidifier in the room at a high setting (guitar remains outside case for a few days / weeks so that it absorbs the moisture) ? Or do I wipe it with a damp cloth and keep it in its bag for a few days ? Or are there any other remedies ?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.


    • Big Idea Guy
      April 7th, 2016 @ 10:36 pm

      If your guitar was made outside of South Korea it may have a 2 piece neck. The piece is usually glued around the 2nd/3rd fret.
      Sometimes these are painted over and finished like the rest of the guitar. If not, with careful inspection you may be able to see a semi-circular connection on the back of the neck. These necks will warp slightly and cause the buzz you describe. This happens on most off-shore manufactured guitars these days.
      Bottom line is – even with truss adjustments – can’t be fixed unless your action is very high.

  2. Dave Grandel
    January 27th, 2014 @ 11:07 pm

    A few comments about replacing strings…
    1. Unless you are independently wealthy, or a rock star, replace your strings only when they sound dull/lifeless, appear to have peanut butter in them or start to fray and affect your ability to play.
    2. The method of changing strings as mentioned above is awesome!
    3. If you recommend changing regular strings monthly and claim that Elixirs will last 10 times longer than any other strings, then couldn’t you theoretically get away with not changing them for 10+ months?
    (I know from experience that you can…Elixirs are AWESOME strings and are all I buy…)

    Kudos on a well written tutorial!

    Dave Grandel
    String Theory Guitar Academy