250k vs 500k Pots – What is the Difference?

250k vs 500k potsThe 250k vs 500k pots dilemma is one that often poses a challenge for guitar players.

250k vs 500k pots: what are the differences between these two popular types of potentiometers (pots), and how would you want to use each in your guitar?

One of the most common problems that guitar players face is a worn out Volume or Tone control. You can tell when one is becoming worn out by the loud, scratching sound that’s introduced into your guitar signal when you turn the potentiometer up or down. Continue reading “250k vs 500k Pots – What is the Difference?”

DiMarzio IGNO Coil Splitting

DiMarzio IGNO coil splittingIn this post, we'll talk about a DiMarzio IGNO coil splitting modification.

What is Coil Splitting ?

Before we actually get into our DiMarzio IGNO coil splitting, a word or two on just what this modification is. Coil splitting is when you wire a humbucker pickup to a switch that shuts off one of its two coils. We do this because it gives us the ability to expand our sonic range and get single coil tones from our two-coil pickup.
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Dimarzio IGNO Wiring Diagram

dimarzio igno wiringIn this post, we're going to show you how to wire your new DiMarzio IGNO pickup into your guitar.

The DiMarzio IGNO is a new humbucker pickup developed for Polyphia guitarist Scott LePage, and in this post we’re going to show you DiMarzio IGNO wiring for your guitar. This pickup features DiMarzio’s patented dual-resonance design and scatter-wound coils, and it uses Alnico 8 magnets for greater output.
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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?”

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”

Mini Humbucker Versus Firebird Guitar Pickups: What is the Difference Between Them?

Mini Humbucker versus FirebirdThe Mini Humbucker versus Firebird question is a popular one. Learn the difference between these two vintage style pickups.

There are so many different kinds of pickups available that it can become difficult to dig through the ever-growing pile to choose the best one for your guitar. Continue reading “Mini Humbucker Versus Firebird Guitar Pickups: What is the Difference Between Them?”

Vox V847A Classic Reissue Wah Pedal

vox v847aThe V847A is designed to have the original Vox tone while adding a few modern updates to bring the pedal into the modern era

Many wah pedals suffer from a loss of tone when the guitar is plugged into the pedal, and often, this tone loss can be considerable, but the Vox V847A Classic Reissue Wah Pedal is a modern version of the original Vox Wah and it has been designed to address that issue. Continue reading “Vox V847A Classic Reissue Wah Pedal”

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”