The 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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If 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?”
There are two versions of the Split Steel Poled pickup: a high output stock design, and a -5% output version that's clearer and more articulate
The Lindy Fralin Split Steel Poled Tele Bridge pickup is a direct replacement for the stock pickups in your Telecaster, so you won’t have to make any modifications to the guitar itself. This is a split steel poled pickup, i.e., two coils sitting side by side. The two coil design gives this pickup humbucking qualities that cancel out the noise and leaves you with a crystal clear P90 sound. Continue reading “Split Steel Poled Tele Bridge from Lindy Fralin”
Whether you want to change the sound or the feel of your instrument, you are only limited by your imagination. For openers, take a look at these Stratocaster pickups.
The Stratocaster is one of the most flexible guitars ever made. When compared to many Gibson models such as the Les Paul or SG, there is a dramatic difference with regard to your customization options. One of the most popular areas of focus for Stratocaster modification is the pickups. This change will have the most dramatic effect on your guitar’s sound. Now, while some may prefer vintage-style / low-output Stratocaster pickups, others may opt for noiseless or active models. There are a zillion options out there for pickups. Some good, some great, and some just plain awful.
Among the “great” options, the “right” pickup depends on not only your budget, but also your taste. This is a very subjective area and opinions differ. There are no right or wrong answers here, just what works best for you. Hopefully this list of some of the best Stratocaster pickups around, will help you get started in making this choice.
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Thinking about your next Telecaster bridge pickup upgrade? Here are a few things to consider.
Telecasters are great… probably my favorite guitar of all. But when your Tele is stock, chances are that it came loaded with vintage style pickups. Depending on your rig and your style of playing, this may translate to noise (i.e. the dreaded 60-cycle hum), or in the case of the bridge pickup, a somewhat brittle tone, and few options. Here is a list of areas to think through before you make your final decision on your next Telecaster bridge pickup upgrade.
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Treat your Tele to the best bridge pickup possible, improve its sound, and extend its possibilities.
Although Telecaster bridge pickups are best known for their famous “twang,” more and more, guitarists are looking to coax an increased array of sounds out of their instrument. If you need to extend what your Telecaster can do, should consider upgrading your bridge and neck pickups. Even if you simply want to improve the quality of your existing sound, an upgrade is usually the best bet. Below are links for the best Telecaster bridge pickups on the market. Which one is right for you depends mostly on your needs as well as taste.
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Telecaster Bodies, Telecaster Necks, Telecaster Hardware… Your 'Everything Tele' links right here.
If you are embarking on a project that involves upgrading or building a Tele, these links might help you to find some of the Telecaster guitar parts you need. All of these companies offer some pretty good stuff at fairly reasonable prices. Warmoth, for example, is probably best and offers the most options for bodies and necks, but of course, they are the most expensive. In each case, though, be sure to explore all the options for Telecaster guitar parts that the company offers, and don’t be afraid to call them if you have any questions before you place your order.
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Guitar pickups that transformed both my playing and my tone.
This is a celebration of my favorite guitar pickups. The title may seem a bit much, but it is true; these pickups absolutely changed my playing style as well as my tone. I am a bit of a pickup nut. At one point I owned over 100 different pickups, but had only about a dozen or so in a guitar. This is a pretty clear indication of obsessive compulsive disorder. But, at the same time, there are many worse ways of spending one’s time and money.
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