Shielding Single Coil Pickups – Pure Vintage Tone Without the Noise

shielding single coil pickupsLet’s talk about shielding single coil pickups to reduce some of the noise that can enter your tone when using this type of pickup

Single coils are well-known for being noisy, and that’s because they are very similar in design to an AM radio antenna. Single coil pickups exhibit many of the same tendencies to collect noise from the air. Humbucker pickups use two coils wound in opposite directions to cancel out the noise, but those pickups are known for having a warmer sound that’s quite different from that of a single coil. Die-hard fans of the single coil may find a humbucker undesirable, and the only option left is to try shielding.

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Entwistle x90 Les Paul Wiring Diagram

Entwistle x90 Les Paul WiringBoth the Entwistle and the Seymour Duncan pickups use the same wiring code so you can use the same diagram for both brands, and the component list will be the same as well

Here’s a Reader Question About the Entwistle x90 Les Paul Wiring Diagram


I’m rebuilding a Les Paul Gold top copy (Custom77 French Builder) as a first guitar rebuilding project.

I bought the wood part and took off all the electronic parts to start from scratch, with just the basics.

Wiring was unreadable and so badly made, compared to all of my 20 guitars, it was probably modified by a newbee like me, but without real care, and it was not working at all.

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Les Paul Wiring Diagram

Les Paul wiringReplacing the pickups in this iconic guitar is a snap with this Les Paul wiring diagram

Today we’ll look at the Gibson Les Paul wiring diagram so you can use it as a reference when installing new pickups or changing a component because of wear. There are many different brands of pickups you can install into your guitar, and once you know the wiring code of the pickup, the rest of the installation is the same.

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Mixing 500K and 250K Ohm Potentiometers

mixing 500k and 250k ohm potentiometersMixing 500k and 250k ohm potentiometers provides some options but it is also important to understand how it affects the circuit load

Let’s discuss mixing 500k and 250k ohm potentiometers. One of the most common questions we get has to do with selecting the correct value for the volume and tone controls. The standard convention is to use 500k pots when you use humbuckers and 250k pots when your guitar has single-coil pickups, but what would happen if you switched the values, or used one of each? Continue reading “Mixing 500K and 250K Ohm Potentiometers”

Railhammer Nuevo 90 Wiring Diagram

Railhammer Nuevo 90 wiringKiller P-90 tone awaits you with this Railhammer Nuevo 90 Wiring Diagram

In this post, we’re going to share our Railhammer Nuevo 90 wiring diagram, which gets you up-and-running with a great P-90 tone. The Nuevo 90, as you may have been able to deduce from the name, is Railhammer’s modern take on the vintage P90 pickup. It features much of the same sound associated with the original P90, but the tone is a little more balanced, and the coils are a little more responsive than a vintage model.

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Railhammer Hyper Vintage Coil Splitting

Railhammer Hyper Vintage coil splittingIf you are looking for some single coil tones, Railhammer Hyper Vintage coil splitting offers plenty of versatility

If you have one of these new modern Railhammer pickups, you may be wondering if there is a way that you can split these pickups to have access to the extra tones created by this modification. We’re going to discuss Railhammer Hyper Vintage coil splitting in this article and help you with this easy to accomplish modification.

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Fender Mustang Tone Knob Only Affects Bridge Pickup – Is This Possible?

Fender Mustang tone knobA reader asks about modifying the Fender Mustang tone knob so that it only affects the bridge pickup


I would like to modify the wiring of my Fender Mustang tone knob so that it affects only the bridge pickup. It’s a newer model and I have attached the wiring diagram from Fender. Is this an easy mod? Is it even possible?

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Railhammer Hyper Vintage Wiring Diagram

Railhammer Hyper Vintage wiringThis Railhammer Hyper Vintage wiring diagram will get your super-modern looking pickup up-and-running with that late-50's sound

In this short guide, we are going to show you how to install a Railhammer pickup in your guitar using our Railhammer Hyper Vintage wiring diagram. Railhammers are a relatively new brand of pickup that came to the market in 2012. These pickups feature a unique design that uses rails to pick up the sound from the bottom three bass strings and uses posts to pick up the sound from the top three treble strings.

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