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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DiMarzio Virtual Vintage Blues 2 Wiring Diagram

Dimarzio Virtual Vintage Blues 2 wiringDiscover a new world of tonal possibilities with a DiMarzio Virtual Vintage Blues 2.

This time around, we’re going to be doing a DiMarzio Virtual Vintage Blues 2 wiring for your guitar. The Blues 2 is a stacked humbucker that uses Alnico 2 magnets for a higher gain pickup that works just as well in the neck position as it does in the bridge. The Virtual Vintage Blues 2 is said to have a warm sound that does not become muddy, even when heavily distorted, making it an excellent choice for Metal or Blues. This pickup is installed using four colored conductor wires and a bare wire.

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Tone Control Capacitor – Choosing the Right Value for Your Guitar

tone control capacitorDemystifying one of the most misunderstood components of the electric guitar and helping you to choose the one that's right for your instrument.

The Tone Control Capacitor

The tone control capacitor resides in the control compartment of your guitar, where all of the electronics are stored. This component is usually attached to your tone control, and it’s the only difference between the tone control and the volume control. Continue reading “Tone Control Capacitor – Choosing the Right Value for Your Guitar”

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”

Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates Wiring Diagram

seymour duncan pearly gates wiringAn excellent way to upgrade your guitar’s tone is to change your pickups, so here’s a great “how to,” with the Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates humbucker.

In this post, we’re going to show you Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates wiring for your guitar, with the hope that you’ll enjoy the new sound possibilities.

The Pearly Gates is a humbucker that was designed to replicate the sound of a 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard, which used the legendary P.A.F. pickups. Each Pearly Gates pickup is handmade and wax potted to help reduce feedback. Each also features an Alnico 2 bar magnet and a nickel silver bottom plate, and is installed using four colored conductor wires and a bare wire.

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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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