3 Way Switch vs 5 Way Switch — Advanced Stratocaster & Telecaster Wiring

3 Way Switch vs 5 Way SwitchTake a look at some of the things you can do when you get to know more about the 3 Way Switch and the 5 Way Switch

The 3 Way Switch vs 5 Way Switch is a topic that can be confusing to many people, so we’ll start with some background information.

The 3 Way Switch

The 3 Way Switch is the one initially used in Fender Stratocaster guitars when introduced in 1954. The Stratocaster featured three pickups, and the three-position switch allowed the player to select one at a time. Continue reading “3 Way Switch vs 5 Way Switch — Advanced Stratocaster & Telecaster Wiring”

No-Load Pots – Why Use One?

No-load potsHere are a few reasons why you might want to convert your standard tone control into a no-load pot.

No-load pots look like standard Volume or Tone controls, and they function in similar ways, but they are commonly misunderstood components in the world of guitar electronics. For example, you can swap out your Tone control for a no-load pot, but it will not work for the Volume control. The benefit of using it as a replacement for your Tone control, however, is the resulting brighter guitar tone.

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500k vs 1 Meg Potentiometers — What’s the Difference?

500k vs 1 Meg PotentiometersIf your pickup is a little extra bright or a little extra dark, you may be able to make an adjustment to it, rather than having to replace it entirely.

500k vs 1 Meg potentiometers — what’s the difference, and how do they affect your tone? To answer that, we’re going to take a look at your guitar’s Volume and Tone controls and see how we can modify them, and, perhaps make some significant improvements. These parts are relatively easy to swap out, and the job only requires a few tools, but they do have a considerable impact on your final guitar tone. Many players might not realize that the values of the controls can affect how bright the sound is.

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Best Guitar Output Jacks – Which One Should I Choose?

best guitar output jacksWhat are the best output jacks? Well, that depends on what your mod or repair needs are.

If you like to modify or repair your guitar, it won’t be long before you have to do some work on the output jack. Often one of the first components to go bad, these are the most likely cause of a malfunctioning guitar. So, let’s take a look at the best guitar output jacks.

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Ceramic Disc vs Mylar Capacitors — What’s the Difference?

ceramic disc vs mylar capacitorsTaking a closer look at ceramic disc and mylar capacitors, their differences, and their affect on your tone.

If you ever plan to replace your capacitor, you will quickly find that there are many different kinds available and just as many opinions about which one is best. Here, we’ll take a look at ceramic disc vs mylar capacitors, and the differences between them.

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Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Coil Splitting

Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Coil SplittingThis time we’ll talk about modifying your guitar so you'll be able to coil split your Seymour Duncan ST59-1 pickup.

Before we get into our Seymour Duncan st59-1 coil splitting, we should talk about just what this modification is and why you may want to do it.

Coil Splitting

Coil splitting is when you use a switch to shut off one of the coils in your humbucker pickup. We split a humbucker because it gives us single coil tones, and it expands our sonic palette with a straightforward and reversible mod.

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Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Wiring Diagram

seymour duncan st59-1 wiringIn this post, we’re going to show you how to install the Seymour Duncan ST59-1 humbucker pickup into your guitar.

Seymour Duncan st59-1 wiring — let’s start with some basics: The ST59-1 is a mini-humbucker, designed as a direct replacement for the bridge pickup in a Fender Telecaster, but it will also work well in many other situations. The ST59-1 offers players hum-free operation and a thicker tone that still retains plenty of Tele Twang. This pickup is installed into your guitar using four colored conductor wires and a bare wire.

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Capacitors vs Potentiometers – What’s the Difference?

capacitors vs potentiometersWhen thinking of Capacitors vs Potentiometers, the main difference is that capacitors filter a signal, while potentiometers are variable resistors.

Capacitors vs Potentiometers – What do the capacitors do in your circuit?

Capacitors vs Potentiometers: capacitors do many different things, but in your circuit, they are going to do two main things. First, they are going to filter any direct current from your audio signal, which is alternating current.

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DiMarzio Titan Coil Splitting

DiMarzio Titan coil splittingThis time we’re going to talk about how to wire your guitar for DiMarzio Titan coil splitting.

DiMarzio Titan Coil Splitting

Coil splitting is when you use a switch to shut off one of the two coils in a humbucker pickup. We split a humbucker because it gives us the ability to expand our tonal pallet, and allows us to achieve single coil tones from our two coil pickup. Here, we’re going to show you DiMarzio Titan coil splitting.

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ECC82 vs 12AU7 Tubes – What is the Difference?

ecc82 vs 12au7 tubesDemystifying ECC82 vs 12AU7 preamp tubes: understanding them, and also knowing how to replace them.

One of the most common problems associated with a tube amplifier is replacing a faulty tube. This is largely because there are many different types available, and many have multiple names. In this post, we are going to look at one such confusing example: the ECC82 vs 12AU7 tubes.

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