Guitar Pickups That Changed My Life

guitar pickupsGuitar 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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Reader Question: Gibson 57 Classic Humbucker Problem Sounds

Gibson 57 Classic humbuckerIf your Gibson 57 Classic Humbucker produces a thin, humming sound, then perhaps you have a wiring problem.

A reader has asked about problem sounds with his Gibson 57 Classic Humbucker.

Sven Writes:

I have a Gibson 57 Classic Humbucker, which has a really high output of 9K!! and it’s NOT a classic+, which I know. I installed it by itself in the bridge position, with the selector on treble, and it sounds thin, very quiet, and is humming slightly. What could be wrong?
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Best Websites for Guitar Parts

Great websites offering vast selections of guitar parts and accessories.

Whether you are building a new guitar from scratch, or just need a hard-to-find item, you’ll find that these sites offer an incredible array of parts and accessories.

Acme Guitar Works

http://www.acmeguitarworks.com

Their flagship product is their Pre-Wired Pick Guard Assemblies, but they have fantastic inventory of guitar pickups, electronics, and hard to find hardware.
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What Are the Best Telecaster Modifications?

What Are The Best Telecaster Modifications?So you have a stock Telecaster; now what? There are several modifications you can make that will transform your Tele.

Judging by the number of articles related to the Fender Telecaster in this site, anyone can guess that I am a big fan of this guitar. In some ways, the Telecaster is for me, the perfect guitar; it looks right, it feels right, and it sounds right. But out of the box, this guitar might not be equipped for exactly what you had in mind and you may want to consider a few Telecaster modifications. For example, some want more muscle in the bridge pickup, some want more beef in the neck pickup, some want a speedier neck, some want… well, you get the picture. Fortunately, most Telecaster modifications are fairly painless. You can take the modifications to various levels and in some cases, you might want to enlist the help of a qualified guitar technician. So, that said, just use your best judgment.
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Telecaster Neck Pickups: What Are the Best?

telecaster neck pickupsIf you're looking to upgrade your Tele neck pickup, you're in luck. There are many great-sounding models, at pretty reasonable prices.

Nowadays, between digital modeling and overall great engineering, you can make virtually any guitar sound like just about any other guitar. Except, you cannot make any guitar really sound like a Telecaster. You can try, but it will never really quite smell right. But if you’re thinking about upgrading your Tele neck pickup, you’ll find many great-sounding, affordable models. Here’s a sampling of some of the best Telecaster neck pickups.

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Troubleshooting Guitar Wiring Problems

Troubleshooting guitar wiring problemsWhen troubleshooting guitar wiring problems and trying to find that mysterious buzz, logic is your most effective tool.

Sometimes you might find yourself with a ground / buzz problem. This can be a truly frustrating experience and can really kill the fun of building your own guitar. But, it really doesn’t have to be such a nightmare. You just need to trace your steps; that’s really it. This is all just logic. The answer to the problem is there somewhere; you just have to find it. So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at things to think about when troubleshooting guitar wiring problems.

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