Shielding Single Coil Pickups – Pure Vintage Tone Without the Noise

shielding single coil pickupsLet’s talk about shielding single coil pickups to reduce some of the noise that can enter your tone when using this type of pickup

Single coils are well-known for being noisy, and that’s because they are very similar in design to an AM radio antenna. Single coil pickups exhibit many of the same tendencies to collect noise from the air. Humbucker pickups use two coils wound in opposite directions to cancel out the noise, but those pickups are known for having a warmer sound that’s quite different from that of a single coil. Die-hard fans of the single coil may find a humbucker undesirable, and the only option left is to try shielding.

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Entwistle x90 Les Paul Wiring Diagram

Entwistle x90 Les Paul WiringBoth the Entwistle and the Seymour Duncan pickups use the same wiring code so you can use the same diagram for both brands, and the component list will be the same as well

Here’s a Reader Question About the Entwistle x90 Les Paul Wiring Diagram

Hello,

I’m rebuilding a Les Paul Gold top copy (Custom77 French Builder) as a first guitar rebuilding project.

I bought the wood part and took off all the electronic parts to start from scratch, with just the basics.

Wiring was unreadable and so badly made, compared to all of my 20 guitars, it was probably modified by a newbee like me, but without real care, and it was not working at all.

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Les Paul Wiring Diagram

Les Paul wiringReplacing the pickups in this iconic guitar is a snap with this Les Paul wiring diagram

Today we’ll look at the Gibson Les Paul wiring diagram so you can use it as a reference when installing new pickups or changing a component because of wear. There are many different brands of pickups you can install into your guitar, and once you know the wiring code of the pickup, the rest of the installation is the same.

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Lindy Fralin Partial Tap Resistor

Lindy Fralin Partial Tap ResistorThe Lindy Fralin Partial Tap Resistor is a type of sub-modification that works with the coil-splitting humbucker modification.

Why use a Lindy Fralin Partial Tap Resistor?

You can only coil-split humbuckers, which means that you can use a switch to turn off one of the two coils that make up the humbucker. The resulting tone is usually much less powerful. The guitar will drop in volume, but the tone will brighten. Your humbucker will take on the characteristics of a single-coil pickup. Notes will be crisp and clear, but you will lose humbucking capability, and noise will creep in. This ingenious mod by Lindy Fralin opens it up to make it even more useful.

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Mixing 500K and 250K Ohm Potentiometers

mixing 500k and 250k ohm potentiometersMixing 500k and 250k ohm potentiometers provides some options but it is also important to understand how it affects the circuit load

Let’s discuss mixing 500k and 250k ohm potentiometers. One of the most common questions we get has to do with selecting the correct value for the volume and tone controls. The standard convention is to use 500k pots when you use humbuckers and 250k pots when your guitar has single-coil pickups, but what would happen if you switched the values, or used one of each? Continue reading “Mixing 500K and 250K Ohm Potentiometers”

Fender Mustang Tone Knob Only Affects Bridge Pickup – Is This Possible?

Fender Mustang tone knobA reader asks about modifying the Fender Mustang tone knob so that it only affects the bridge pickup

Question

I would like to modify the wiring of my Fender Mustang tone knob so that it affects only the bridge pickup. It’s a newer model and I have attached the wiring diagram from Fender. Is this an easy mod? Is it even possible?

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Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz Coil Splitting

seymour duncan sh-2n jazz coil splittingIf you’d like to coil split your guitar’s Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz pickup, here’s an excellent guide for doing just that.

Humbucker pickups are usually wired to use both of its coils at the same time. In this post, we’re going to do a Seymour Duncan SH-2N Jazz coil splitting. Coil splitting is when you use a switch to shut off one of the coils to make it sound much like a single coil pickup. Splitting the pickup will give you more tone options, and the modification is completely reversible.

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