DIY 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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Taking 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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Demystifying the many available options when choosing the best guitar wire.
Choosing the Best Guitar Wire
Before we talk about choosing the best guitar wire, we’ll go over the different types that are used in guitars and which kind might be best for you. Continue reading “Best Guitar Wire – What Should I Use?”
Understanding the wiring inside your guitar and how it relates to proper guitar grounding.
We’re going to take a look at proper guitar grounding and how you can make sure your wiring is safe and well placed. We’ll also take a look at Shielding and how you can benefit from correctly shielding your guitar. Continue reading “Proper Guitar Grounding — How Do I Do This?”
Discover 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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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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