DiMarzio Virtual Vintage Blues 2 Wiring Diagram

Dimarzio Virtual Vintage Blues 2 wiringDiscover a new world of tonal possibilities with a DiMarzio Virtual Vintage Blues 2.

This time around, we’re going to be doing a DiMarzio Virtual Vintage Blues 2 wiring for your guitar. The Blues 2 is a stacked humbucker that uses Alnico 2 magnets for a higher gain pickup that works just as well in the neck position as it does in the bridge. The Virtual Vintage Blues 2 is said to have a warm sound that does not become muddy, even when heavily distorted, making it an excellent choice for Metal or Blues. This pickup is installed using four colored conductor wires and a bare wire.

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Tone Control Capacitor – Choosing the Right Value for Your Guitar

tone control capacitorDemystifying one of the most misunderstood components of the electric guitar and helping you to choose the one that's right for your instrument.

The Tone Control Capacitor

The tone control capacitor resides in the control compartment of your guitar, where all of the electronics are stored. This component is usually attached to your tone control, and it’s the only difference between the tone control and the volume control. Continue reading “Tone Control Capacitor – Choosing the Right Value for Your Guitar”

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”

Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates Wiring Diagram

seymour duncan pearly gates wiringAn excellent way to upgrade your guitar’s tone is to change your pickups, so here’s a great “how to,” with the Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates humbucker.

In this post, we’re going to show you Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates wiring for your guitar, with the hope that you’ll enjoy the new sound possibilities.

The Pearly Gates is a humbucker that was designed to replicate the sound of a 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard, which used the legendary P.A.F. pickups. Each Pearly Gates pickup is handmade and wax potted to help reduce feedback. Each also features an Alnico 2 bar magnet and a nickel silver bottom plate, and is installed using four colored conductor wires and a bare wire.

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No-Load Pots – Why Use One?

No-load potsHere are a few reasons why you might want to convert your standard tone control into a no-load pot.

No-load pots look like standard Volume or Tone controls, and they function in similar ways, but they are commonly misunderstood components in the world of guitar electronics. For example, you can swap out your Tone control for a no-load pot, but it will not work for the Volume control. The benefit of using it as a replacement for your Tone control, however, is the resulting brighter guitar tone.

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500k vs 1 Meg Potentiometers — What’s the Difference?

500k vs 1 Meg PotentiometersIf your pickup is a little extra bright or a little extra dark, you may be able to make an adjustment to it, rather than having to replace it entirely.

500k vs 1 Meg potentiometers — what’s the difference, and how do they affect your tone? To answer that, we’re going to take a look at your guitar’s Volume and Tone controls and see how we can modify them, and, perhaps make some significant improvements. These parts are relatively easy to swap out, and the job only requires a few tools, but they do have a considerable impact on your final guitar tone. Many players might not realize that the values of the controls can affect how bright the sound is.

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Ceramic Disc vs Mylar Capacitors — What’s the Difference?

ceramic disc vs mylar capacitorsTaking a closer look at ceramic disc and mylar capacitors, their differences, and their affect on your tone.

If you ever plan to replace your capacitor, you will quickly find that there are many different kinds available and just as many opinions about which one is best. Here, we’ll take a look at ceramic disc vs mylar capacitors, and the differences between them.

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Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Coil Splitting

Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Coil SplittingThis time we’ll talk about modifying your guitar so you'll be able to coil split your Seymour Duncan ST59-1 pickup.

Before we get into our Seymour Duncan st59-1 coil splitting, we should talk about just what this modification is and why you may want to do it.

Coil Splitting

Coil splitting is when you use a switch to shut off one of the coils in your humbucker pickup. We split a humbucker because it gives us single coil tones, and it expands our sonic palette with a straightforward and reversible mod.

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