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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Soft Clipping vs Hard Clipping – What is the Difference?

soft clipping vs hard clippingSoft clipping and hard clipping in pedal effects and how they affect your sound.

Many times in guitar shops, especially when talking about distortion or overdrive effects, we hear the terms hard clipping and soft clipping used to describe the different sound effects pedals create. It can be confusing if you don’t understand these terms or how they affect your sound. Continue reading “Soft Clipping vs Hard Clipping – What is the Difference?”

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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Floyd Rose vs Imitations – What’s the Difference?

Floyd Rose vs imitationsTaking a close look at The Floyd Rose Double Locking Tremolo System and the differences among its imitations.

Floyd Rose vs Imitations

Many electric guitars these days have a Floyd Rose or imitation Floyd Rose tremolo system installed. At a glance, they all resemble one another. At closer inspection, however, we begin to see some significant differences between them. So, whether you’re looking to purchase a guitar equipped with a Floyd Rose System, or you’re in need of a Floyd Rose replacement, we’ll try to provide some assistance by taking a close look at Floyd Rose vs imitations.

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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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