Category Archives: The Tone Garage

Effects Basics: The Compressor

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  I am often asked by students about compressor pedals. What do they do? Do you use them for solo boosts? If I want a lot of sustain, do I crank the sustain knob? Sustain is good, right? I always … Continue reading

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The Vintage Charvel Overhaul Project

"I has a Sentient. Be very afraid."

Once people learn I build my own guitars, they usually ask what I’d do to trick out their guitar. It’s always fun to talk shop and make suggestions. But recently my best friend Darren from high school offered me his prized … Continue reading

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Should I Change Pickups or Buy a New Guitar?

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As a guitar teacher, I get asked this question a lot. Since pickups can radically change or expand the tonal options available from an electric guitar, would it be better to just change the pickups or save up for a whole new guitar? Continue reading

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The Anatomy Of Single Coil Pickups

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We discussed the anatomy of humbuckers in a general sense a while back, and because there are so many varieties of single coil pickups, we thought it was time we should take a look at single coil designs too. Let’s have a look … Continue reading

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Cage Match: Vintage vs Modern Guitar Designs

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This article is about the continuing battle between technology and tradition, vintage and modern, where electric guitars came from, and where they are going. You made your choice, now rock! Continue reading

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The 1970s: The Lost Decade in Guitars

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While I wasn’t playing guitar in the 1970′s, I certainly was around. I mean, I started playing in 1979 on a cheap nylon string (I still have it) and progressed to my older brother’s late ’60s Japanese electric that never … Continue reading

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Do It All: 2 Humbuckers And A 5-Way Switch

My test subject, and #1. A Music Man Silhouette Special with a scalloped neck.

This article will explain how I like to wire my guitars that have two humbuckers, one volume, one tone, and a 5-way switch so I can get five distinct tones capable of covering a wide variety of sounds. Continue reading

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How To Use A Multi-Meter

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A multi-meter is a handy tool for guitar players to have on their work bench. They have a myriad of uses when it comes to guitar, effects and amplifiers, and it’s always worthwhile having even a basic multi-meter around to troubleshoot things. Continue reading

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Turning Your Budget Guitar Find Into An Every Day Player

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A simple swap of pickups can resurrect even the most boring of guitars. If you’ve picked up an old super Strat style guitar with an HSS pickup configuration and you know you’re going to be using it for some heavy metal riffs, consider some of the high output pickups available. Continue reading

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Guitar Company Feature: Rick Hanes Guitars

Rick Hanes Guitars

Guitar players have known for decades that when we want to make our guitars sound better, the first place to turn to is Seymour Duncan. In fact, this has been so true for so long, a lot of guitar manufacturers are now saving us time … Continue reading

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