Electro-Harmonix Wailer Wah Pedal

electro-harmonix wailerThe Electro-Harmonix Wailer Wah features a circuit that is very similar to the Crying Tone Wah but with a traditional rack and pinion style design.

The traditional style of the Electro-Harmonix Wailer, with movable pedal and a steady base, is much better suited to a pedalboard than the Crying Tone. The pedal is constructed in a light and cost-effective, but still very sturdy, high-impact plastic housing that’s designed to take years of abuse. Continue reading “Electro-Harmonix Wailer Wah Pedal”

Fulltone Clyde Deluxe Wah

fulltone clyde deluxeThe Fulltone Clyde Deluxe Wah uses a very quiet MU-80 (80% nickel alloy) shielded Fulltone 500mH inductor that is hand made and designed to be the same as the inductor in the '60s Vox.

The Fulltone Clyde Deluxe Wah is the Fulltone version of the Vox “Clyde McCoy” Wah, a well known vintage Wah used by Jimi Hendrix. This pedal has one of the largest pedal sweeps of any wah on the market. Continue reading “Fulltone Clyde Deluxe Wah”

Making Single Coil Guitar Pickups – Building Your Own Electric Guitar Pickups – Part 4

making single coil guitar pickupsMaking single coil pickups can be very rewarding, easily done, and parts can be easily acquired.

Making Single Guitar Pickups

In this article, we’re going to talk about making single guitar pickups, and how building them from scratch can be such a rewarding and worthwhile experience. The design is simple and the steps easy to follow. Another benefit of the design is that winding the coil by hand offers the opportunity of having your pickup sound just as good as, if not better than, the same coil wound by a machine. Continue reading “Making Single Coil Guitar Pickups – Building Your Own Electric Guitar Pickups – Part 4”

Dynamics and Gain – Understanding How Guitar Effects Work

dynamics and gainAs the most basic of guitar effects, Dynamics and Gain deal with Volume, and they’re designed to help control how loud or soft your signal is.

Dynamics-and-gain are the most basic of guitar effects. They deal with Volume, and they’re designed to help control how loud or soft your signal is. The Volume control built into your guitar might not seem like it, but it fits into this category. What might seem like it fits this category even less is your guitar’s Tone control, but believe it or not, it actually adjusts the Volume of your guitar’s high end frequencies. Continue reading “Dynamics and Gain – Understanding How Guitar Effects Work”

Mini Toggle Switch FAQ – Coil-Split a Humbucker Pickup

mini toggle switch faqIf you have ever thought about using a mini toggle switch to split a humbucker guitar pickup, you may have a few questions about how to go about it.

Coil-splitting humbuckers

Many of our mini toggle switch FAQ begin with an inquiry into whether or not you can coil-split just any humbucker. Theoretically, any humbucker can be split, but in practice, it’s dependent upon the way the manufacturer has built the pickup. To split a humbucking pickup, you need one with four lead output wires, because they are actually the beginning and end — or positive and negative — of each coil. Humbuckers are designed to connect the end of one
coil to the beginning of the second.

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Power Tube FAQ: EL84, EL34, and 6L6

power tube faqHave you been scratching your head about EL84, EL34, and 6L6 Power Amp Tubes? Well, our most frequently asked questions about them are answered here.

Power tube FAQ: What are power tubes?

The first power tube FAQ, of course, is about what they are. Also known as an output tube, a power tube is an electrical component, very similar to a transistor, that is built inside of a vacuum-sealed glass tube. Inside the glass tube are a filament, an anode, and a cathode.

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Push-Pull Pot FAQ – Coil-Splitting a Humbucker Pickup

push-pull pot faqIf you've ever thought of using a push-pull pot to split a humbucker pickup, you may have questions; here are our most popular push-pull pot FAQs.

Push-pull pot FAQ: What is a coil-split pickup?

Push-pull pot FAQ often include inquiries into coil-splitting a humbucker pickup. A coil-split pickup is a humbucker that is split in such a way that it only uses one of its two coils. This is useful to guitarists who use humbuckers but occasionally want a single-coil sound.

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Pickup Parts Needed – Building Your Own Electric Guitar Pickups – Part 3

pickup partsLearn about all of the tools and parts you'll need to build your own electric guitar pickup.

Hello again, and welcome to our ongoing series of articles discussing how guitar pickups work and how you can build your own. In the last article we discussed how the magnets and coil work, and how they work together to create the sound that you hear. This time around, we are going to look at the tools, pickup parts, and other things that you will need to build your project from scratch.
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Distortion – Understanding How Guitar Effects Work

distortionWhen a signal is sent into a device, such as an amplifier, with too much Gain, the signal begins to 'clip,' producing that characteristic buzzing that we call distortion.

Overdrive

Overdrive is usually a naturally occurring clipping of the signal. It is often created by turning the volume up too loud on the gain stage of the amp, or by using a gain-boosting pedal that makes the signal too hot going into the amp or another pedal. This will oftentimes drive the later stages of the amp too hard and the signal will begin to clip, or chop off the parts of the signal that are too loud. This distorted sound is oftentimes a warm, pleasing tone that also adds a little compression to the signal. Continue reading “Distortion – Understanding How Guitar Effects Work”