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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Humbucker Pickup Splitting — Which Switch to Use

humbucker pickup splittingWhen it comes to humbucker pickup splitting, here’s what you need to know about what kind of switch to use.

Guitarists are always looking for ways to coax new and exciting tones from their guitars. One great approach is humbucker pickup splitting, which means using a switch to turn off one of the two coils in the pickup, causing it to sound and act more like a single coil pickup. Continue reading “Humbucker Pickup Splitting — Which Switch to Use”

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?”

Understanding Push-Pull Potentiometers (SPST)

understanding push-pull potentiometersUnderstanding Push-Pull Potentiometers is a great way for you to know how to add extra functionality to your guitar.

Guitarists are always looking for ways to get fresh tones. Amplifiers and effect pedals do a great job of shaping your sound once it leaves your guitar, but there are also many simple modifications that you can make right in the body of your guitar, unlocking a world of new tones. Continue reading “Understanding Push-Pull Potentiometers (SPST)”

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?”

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”

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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