3 Way Switch vs 5 Way Switch — Advanced Stratocaster & Telecaster Wiring

3 Way Switch vs 5 Way SwitchTake a look at some of the things you can do when you get to know more about the 3 Way Switch and the 5 Way Switch

The 3 Way Switch vs 5 Way Switch is a topic that can be confusing to many people, so we’ll start with some background information.

The 3 Way Switch

The 3 Way Switch is the one initially used in Fender Stratocaster guitars when introduced in 1954. The Stratocaster featured three pickups, and the three-position switch allowed the player to select one at a time. Continue reading “3 Way Switch vs 5 Way Switch — Advanced Stratocaster & Telecaster Wiring”

Antiquity Texas Hot Strat Set from Seymour Duncan

Seymour Duncan Antiquity Texas Hot Strat SetEach Seymour Duncan Antiquity Texas Hot Strat Set is aged magnetically and cosmetically to really drive in that vintage sound.

Seymour Duncan’s Antiquity Texas Hot Strat Set provides outstanding tone in the vein of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix. Hot, but not too aggressive, with plenty of chime and sparkle. Special degaussed Alnico 2 magnets soften the treble just a bit and keep the high notes under control. Continue reading “Antiquity Texas Hot Strat Set from Seymour Duncan”

Seymour Duncan SSL-5 Custom Staggered Single-Coil Pickups

Seymour Duncan SSL-5 Custom Staggered Single-Coil PickupsThe Seymour Duncan SSL-5 sounds best with brighter-sounding guitars, and while it truly helps boost the bridge pickup, it can be used in any position.

The Seymour Duncan SSL-5 Custom Staggered Single-Coil Pickup, as the name suggests, is a high output single coil pickup designed to be perfect for Texas Blues, Rock, and even some Heavy Rock. This single-coil, single-conductor pickup features staggered Alnico 5 magnets. Continue reading “Seymour Duncan SSL-5 Custom Staggered Single-Coil Pickups”

Texas Special Strat Pickups by Fender Custom Shop

Fender Custom Shop Texas Special Strat PickupsTexas Special Strat pickups are constructed with an enamel-coated magnet wire, which is what's used in vintage equipment to help provide that warm, vintage tone.

As the name suggests, Fender Texas Special Strat pickups are designed to give you that Texas Blues sound. If you’re looking for replacement guitar pickups and you would like to get a sound similar to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bonnie Raitt, or Johnny Winter then these are recommended. Texas Special Strat pickups start with staggered Alnico 5 magnets for more focus and dynamics, and it’s this staggering that allows for a more even and balanced tone across all strings. Continue reading “Texas Special Strat Pickups by Fender Custom Shop”

Purple Haze, by Jimi Hendrix – How to Play

purple hazeLook for Jimi's tricks and inventiveness, as you learn how to play his classic Purple Haze, which introduced the world to his amazing talent, back in the '60s.

Purple Haze was written by Jimi Hendrix in 1967 for the record “Are You Experienced.” This was the first single by The Jimi Hendrix Experience that was written by the band. An earlier single titled “Hey Joe” was (possibly) written by Billy Roberts, but Purple Haze became an instant hit and introduced the world to Jimi’s amazing playing, inventiveness, and psychedelic imagery.

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Voodoo Child, by Jimi Hendrix – How to Play

voodoo child by jimi hendrixVoodoo Child, has, over the years, been one of the most popular songs around, encouraging many different versions, but here, you can just make it your own.

Voodoo Child, by Jimi Hendrix, was first recorded in 1968 for the record Electric Ladyland, and is said to have evolved from the song Catfish Blues, which Jimi played regularly, to honor Muddy Waters.

Key And Scale

E Minor Aeolian is used for the bulk of the song. E Minor Aeolian is a mode of the G Major scale and it is one from which both the Pentatonic and the Blues scales are created. Jimi uses the Blues scale for all of his playing in this song.

E Minor Aeolian = E, F# ,G, A, B, C, D,
G Major = G, A, B, C, D, E, F#, G
E Minor Pentatonic = E, G, A, B, D
E Minor Blues = E, G, A, A#, B, D

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The Seven-Sound Strat Modification

seven-sound strat modificationDo you want to add a 'Tele' sound to your Strat? How about all three pickups at once? Try this Seven-Sound Stratocaster Modification.

The Seven-Sound Strat Modification is an easy mod that you can make to your guitar to give you more tone versatility, and despite its name, you can make this mod on any type of guitar that has three pickups and a five-way switch.

The five-way switch gives Strat players plenty of versatility in tone. Position 1 is the Bridge pickup, Position 2 is Bridge + Middle, Position 3 is just the Middle pickup, Position 4 is Middle + Neck, and Position 5 is Neck. What the five-way switch does not provide is a way to select the Bridge + Neck pickup, or a way to select all three pickups at once. This is exactly what the Seven-Sound Strat Mod (also sometimes referred to as the Gilmour mod) provides for us.

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Single Coil and Double Coil Pickups – What Are the Differences?

single coil and double coilLearn not only the technical differences between single coil and double coil pickups, but also why they sound so different.

In order to understand what we are talking about when we say single coil and double coil, we’ll first take a look at the different parts of a pickup and see how they work together to produce a guitar signal. Then we’ll examine single coil and double coil pickups, the differences between them, and why you would want to use each type. We’ll discuss the single coil first because it’s the original type and it has a simpler design. We’ll start with the parts, then move into the ways the single coil and double coil pickups actually work.

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Stratocaster Five-Way Switch Wiring – Basic Guitar Electronics

five-way switch wiringNow here's something to try with the Strat style five-way switch: three pickups with five-way switch wiring, 1 Volume and 2 Tone controls (SPOILER ALERT: It's not difficult.)

So, then let’s go ahead and talk about setting up that five-way switch wiring in your Stratocaster. We covered the Telecaster and its three-way switch and one Tone control; now we’ll look at the Stratocaster, its five-way switch wiring, and two Tone controls. Even though we’re talking about the Fender Strat and how it’s wired, the switch will work the same way in any guitar with one Volume and two Tone controls.

If you are changing your switch, it might also be a great time to check out the other components in your guitar to see if they are also due for an update. Be sure that you have high-quality pots with the right values, and check the value of any capacitors as well. Check your Output Jack as well, as this is another very common part to wear out.

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What are the Best Rock Stratocaster Pickups?

best rock stratocaster pickupsIf you’re a Rock or Heavy Metal Stratocaster player looking to upgrade and improve your sound, check out this list of the best Rock Strat pickups.

Perhaps your guitar tone is getting stale, or perhaps it never sounded that good to begin with. Well, before you buy a new one, review this post and put some thought into upgrading your pickups instead. If you play Rock or Metal through a Stratocaster then this information should be especially useful to you. Continue reading “What are the Best Rock Stratocaster Pickups?”