Dimarzio Virtual Vintage Blues Wiring Diagram

dimarzio virtual vintage blues wiringOpen up your tonal possibilities with a DiMarzio Virtual Vintage Blues pickup.

In this post, we’re going to show you DiMarzio Virtual Vintage Blues wiring for your guitar. The Virtual Vintage Blues is a stacked humbucker that has been designed to play the Blues and is said to sound very similar to an original pre-1963 Strat electric guitar pickup.

A stacked humbucker is two coils placed on top of each other, instead of side by side, like other humbuckers. Stacking allows the humbucker to fit into a single coil space. This pickup is installed using four colored conductor wires and a bare wire.

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Telecaster Shielding – How to Cut the Noise and Keep the Twang

telecaster shieldingAdd some shielding to your Tele and enjoy a quieter guitar.

The Fender Telecaster is a legendary instrument, but it can become frustratingly noisy at times, leaving you frantically searching for a way to quiet it down. Noise gates can help keep the noise under control when you are not playing, but when you hit a note, and the gate opens, the noise comes through. We can help by showing you how to add some shielding to your Tele to protect it from the outside interference that causes the noise to occur. We’ll also explain proper telecaster shielding grounding.

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DiMarzio Fast Track 1 Wiring Diagram

dimarzio fast track 1 wiringExpand your tonal possibilities with a DiMarzio Fast Track 1 installation to your guitar.

So this time around, we’ll be doing a DiMarzio Fast Track 1 wiring. The DiMarzio Fast Track 1 is a mini humbucker that uses two blades instead of steel posts. This design uses a single continuous magnetic field to create an even string balance with very little magnetic pull. The mini humbucker design allows the pickup to fit into a single coil space in your guitar, while still achieving the same high gain, warmer tones, and noise-canceling properties that full-size humbuckers deliver. The Dimarzio Fast Track 1 is installed using four colored conductor wires and a bare wire.

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Alnico vs Ceramic Magnets – How Do They Affect Guitar Pickup Tone?

alnico vs ceramic magnetsTaking a close look at the differences between alnico and ceramic magnets and their effect on tone.

When choosing a new pickup for your guitar, consider the magnet, one of the essential, yet complicating elements involved in the sound creation process. We’ll try here to demystify the process by looking at the whole issue of alnico vs ceramic magnets and how they affect your guitar’s tone. You’ll see in this discussion, that these types of magnets produce different kinds of sounds, so many, that your decision-making may prove challenging.

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Mixing Humbuckers and Single Coil Pickups – Should I Use 500k Ohm or 250k Ohm Pots?

mixing humbuckers and single coil pickupsThere is no perfect solution to this combination pickup scheme, but there are a number of very good ones.

Mixing Humbuchers and Single Coil Pickups

There’s plenty of discussion on the web about the correct value pots to use for single coil pickups or humbuckers, but very little information about mixing humbuckers and single coil pickups.

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Soft Clipping vs Hard Clipping – What is the Difference?

soft clipping vs hard clippingSoft clipping and hard clipping in pedal effects and how they affect your sound.

Many times in guitar shops, especially when talking about distortion or overdrive effects, we hear the terms hard clipping and soft clipping used to describe the different sound effects pedals create. It can be confusing if you don’t understand these terms or how they affect your sound. Continue reading “Soft Clipping vs Hard Clipping – What is the Difference?”

How To Coil Split ANY Humbucker Pickup

coil splitThis mod will work on any guitar, with any humbucker, as long as it meets a few requirements.

Recently, I was asked how to coil split a humbucker pickup, and something the person said made me stop and think. They told me that they have been able to find plenty of wiring diagrams online describing how to split the pickup, but they were unable to find one for their specific guitar and pickup combination.

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Shielded Guitar Cavity – Is it Really Necessary?

shielded guitar cavityA shielded guitar cavity will go a long way towards preventing interference from reaching your signal.

If you live in an area with a lot of electromagnetic interference, you are going to love today’s article on the subject of a shielded guitar cavity. What we’re going to do is talk about shielding the control cavity for maximum protection from interference. It’s not hard to find a guitar shielding kit online, but there are also some excellent DIY methods you can use to get the job done.

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Aluminum Foil Guitar Shielding – How To Cut the Noise on a Budget

aluminum foil guitar shieldingDIY techniques that help protect your guitar from noise and interference.

If you get a lot of guitar hum, you are going to love this article covering aluminum foil guitar shielding. Shielding can help protect your guitar from electromagnetic interference, significantly reducing and even eliminating noise.

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