Demystifying 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”
Take 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”
An 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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Here 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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If 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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What 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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Taking 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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This 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 is when you use a switch to shut off one of the coils in your humbucker pickup. Continue reading “Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Coil Splitting”
In 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 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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