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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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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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. This makes it an excellent choice for Metal or Blues. Four colored conductor wires and a bare wire are used to install this pickup.

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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”