Pickup Parts Needed – Building Your Own Electric Guitar Pickups – Part III

pickup partsLearn about all of the parts you’ll need to build your own guitar pickup

Hello again, and welcome to our ongoing series of articles discussing how guitar pickups work and how you can build your own. In the last article we discussed how the magnets and coil work, and how they work together to create the sound that you hear. This time around, we are going to look at the tools, pickup parts, and other things that you will need to build your project from scratch.
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Dunlop GCB95 Cry Baby Wah Pedal

dunlop gcb95The original Thomas Organ Cry Baby pedal is an American branded version of the Vox Wah. The Dunlop GCB95 Cry Baby Wah Pedal is the modern version of the Thomas Organ Cry Baby.

This modern interpretation features several technical improvements over its vintage namesake and it was created by Jim Dunlop when he bought the Cry Baby brand from Thomas Organ in 1981. This Cry Baby pedal uses the legendary red Fassel inductor that was used in the vintage wah pedals, and combines it with a more focused high end, and a more aggressive and accentuated wah sound. Continue reading “Dunlop GCB95 Cry Baby Wah Pedal”

Understanding How Pickups Work – Building Your Own Electric Guitar Pickups – Part 1

how pickups workIf you would like to learn more about guitar pickups, what the different types are, how they are created, how they work, and even how to build your own, then this is the place to get started.

This is the first in a series of articles in which we will detail every aspect of the guitar pickup. We’ll discuss, with as much detail as possible, how pickups work, the different types, and when to use each. So, let’s get started. Continue reading “Understanding How Pickups Work – Building Your Own Electric Guitar Pickups – Part 1”

War Pigs, by Black Sabbath – Learn How to Play This Song on Guitar

war pigsWar Pigs was originally titled Walpurgis and had different lyrics, but the record label deemed it too Satanic so the band changed the lyrics and re-titled the song War Pigs

War Pigs first appeared on the 1970 Black Sabbath album, Paranoid.
The siren in the beginning of the song was added by the record label without the band’s knowledge or consent. The melodic Guitar Solo at the end of the song is titled Luke’s Wall.

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Telecaster FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions about the Fender Telecaster

telecaster faqAre you a huge fan of the Fender Telecaster, looking for more information? Your questions answered here.

Telecaster FAQ 1 – Which Fender Telecaster is the best?

There are many models of the Fender Telecaster, and there are just as many types of players that will argue over which particular model is the best so the answer is entirely subjective. There are several especially noteworthy models like the original ’50s Telecaster that can carry a price tag in the thousands of dollars. The ‘60s Baha Telecaster is another top choice and it also demands top dollar. There are some great choices for a modern Tele that brings down the price tag, the Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus is a great example.

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EarthQuaker Devices Grand Orbiter V3 Phaser Pedal

grand orbiter v3The Grand Orbiter V3 from EarthQuaker Devices is a four-stage phaser that uses an OTA-based circuit to make it a 100% analog pedal. It features a three-way switch that allows you to select different modulation ranges

Grand Orbiter V3

Rate 1 is a slow sweep mode, Rate 2 turns off the LFO and lets you use the Grand Orbiter as a fixed resonant filter, and Rate 3 is a fast sweep mode. Continue reading “EarthQuaker Devices Grand Orbiter V3 Phaser Pedal”

Light My Fire by The Doors — Learn How to Play this Song on Your Guitar

light my fireLight My Fire, by The Doors was released in January of 1967, on their self-titled debut album

Robby Krieger is said to have written most of the song himself, and also claims that it is the first one that he ever wrote. For this song, and for their entire first record, Robby uses his Gibson SG straight into a Fender Twin Reverb amplifier.

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MXR CSP026 ’74 Vintage Phase 90 Pedal

MXR CSP026 '74 Vintage Phase 90 PedalA redesign of the original Phase 90, the popular ’74 Vintage Phase 90, heard on so many songs, features all of the same high-quality components as the original.

The MXR Phase 90 has been one of the most popular pedals in the world, since its introduction in the mid 1970’s and can be heard on quite a few classic songs by Waylon Jennings, Johnny Winter, The Rolling Stones, and many more. Eddie Van Halen used this phaser extensively on Van Halen’s first few albums and that also helped make the effect very popular, starting in 1978. Continue reading “MXR CSP026 ’74 Vintage Phase 90 Pedal”

Joyo JF-06 Vintage Phase

Joyo JF-06 Vintage PhaseDesigned to match the phase tones of the Classic MXR Phase 90, the Joyo JF-06 Vintage Phase pedal uses a single knob for perfect tone, phase effect, and speaker type speeds.

The Joyo JF-06 Vintage Phase pedal is designed to emulate the phase tones of the Classic MXR Phase 90 Phaser. This Phaser pedal also keeps the very simple control scheme of using a single knob to get your perfect tone, just as the Phase 90 does. Continue reading “Joyo JF-06 Vintage Phase”