What are the Best Guitar Wah Pedals?

blues telecaster pickupsThe wah pedal is one of the most well known and expressive effects available for the guitar. We'll take a look at a few and see if we can find the best one for your sound.

Since its creation, the wah has become a true staple of countless guitar players. Created in 1966 and popularized by Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix in 1967, the Vox V846 was the first commercial pedal to become available. Continue reading “What are the Best Guitar Wah Pedals?”

What are the Best Budget Guitar Wah Pedals?

budget guitar wahShopping on a budget for a guitar wah pedal? This list features some surprisingly affordable choices.

The wah pedal is one of the best-known effects commonly found on a guitarist’s pedal board. Along with its distortion capabilities, it is one of the few effects that is well known to even non-guitar players. It is expressive, giving the guitar an almost vocal-like quality, and guitarists such as Steve Vai have used the wah very successfully to simulate entire conversations. Continue reading “What are the Best Budget Guitar Wah Pedals?”

Line 6 DT25 112 1×12 25W Tube Guitar Combo Amp

line 6 dt25The Line 6 DT25 112 1x12 25W Tube Guitar Combo Amp is four boutique tube amps in one, American clean, British crunch, class A chime, and modern high-gain.

Featuring reconfigurable analog components, the Line 6 DT25 also includes HD modeling. This allows you to select your operating class to either Class AB/25 Watts/Fixed Bias or Class A/10 Watts/Cathode Biased. Continue reading “Line 6 DT25 112 1×12 25W Tube Guitar Combo Amp”

Line 6 AMPLIFi 30 – 30-watt Multi-speaker Modeling Combo Amp

Line 6 AMPLIFi 30The Line 6 AMPLIFi 30 lets you dial in your perfect tone with over 200 amps and effects.

The Line 6 AMPLIFi 30 – 30-Watt Multi-Speaker Modeling Combo is a compact stereo modeling guitar amp. The AMPLIFi 30 features a 4-speaker stereo design capable of full range audio reproduction and is Bluetooth-enabled for wireless audio streaming. Continue reading “Line 6 AMPLIFi 30 – 30-watt Multi-speaker Modeling Combo Amp”

Humbucker Pickup Splitting — Which Switch to Use

humbucker pickup splittingWhen it comes to humbucker pickup splitting, here’s what you need to know about what kind of switch to use.

Guitarists are always looking for ways to coax new and exciting tones from their guitars. One great approach is humbucker pickup splitting, which means using a switch to turn off one of the two coils in the pickup, causing it to sound and act more like a single coil pickup. Continue reading “Humbucker Pickup Splitting — Which Switch to Use”

Lindy Fralin Pickup Phase — What’s the Deal?

lindy fralin pickup phaseIf you’ve just installed a Lindy Fralin pickup, but the sound you’re getting is not quite what you expected, the problem could be with your pickup’s phase.

Why are my Lindy Fralin Pickups out of phase?

Is your newly installed Lindy Fralin pickup phase giving you problems? One of the most common problems a guitarist faces when purchasing new pups is getting the phase right. Continue reading “Lindy Fralin Pickup Phase — What’s the Deal?”

Gain Boost Part 2 – Building the Pedal

gain boost part 2Now that we've reviewed the components in Part 1, we'll begin the process of actually building our gain boost pedal.

If you are a guitar player looking to create your own unique sound, one of the best ways to do that is to build your own equipment from scratch. A good portion of “Guitar Electronics” is just very simple circuits that can be built and modified at home. Continue reading “Gain Boost Part 2 – Building the Pedal”

Understanding Push-Pull Potentiometers (SPST)

understanding push-pull potentiometersUnderstanding Push-Pull Potentiometers is a great way for you to know how to add extra functionality to your guitar.

Guitarists are always looking for ways to get fresh tones. Amplifiers and effect pedals do a great job of shaping your sound once it leaves your guitar, but there are also many simple modifications that you can make right in the body of your guitar, unlocking a world of new tones. Continue reading “Understanding Push-Pull Potentiometers (SPST)”

Making Double Coil Guitar Pickups: Building Your Own Electric Guitar Pickups – Part 4

making double coil guitar pickupsBuild your own double coil guitar pickup.

In the last article we talked about building our own single coil pickup, so this time, we’ll talk about making double coil guitar pickups. If you missed the single coil article, you can check it out here: Building Your Own Electric Guitar Pickups – Part 3. Continue reading “Making Double Coil Guitar Pickups: Building Your Own Electric Guitar Pickups – Part 4”