Category Archives: The Tone Garage

What To Consider When Looking For New Guitar Pickups

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Buying a pickup can be as easy as looking at a few videos, hearing a few sound clips, and getting a few recommendations from friends. But with pickup companies like Seymour Duncan making hundreds of different pickups, an educated consumer will be the happiest consumer. Continue reading

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Guitar Anatomy (Parts of an Electric Guitar)

One of the most elegant neck - to - body attachments I have ever seen. Built by Ken Parker.

There are so many little parts on an electric guitar that when you’re a beginner it can be a daunting task to figure out what each part is for! It never hurts to take a closer look at anything, so why not dive into the anatomy of an electric guitar? Continue reading

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How To Make A Hybrid Humbucker

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I’ve spoken a lot about hybrid humbuckers of the last few years. I talked about how I go about matching coils together, I talked about some of my favorite hybrids, and now I’m gonna give ‘you the keys to the Lamborghini’ by showing you how I make a hybrid! Continue reading

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Best Pickups For Ibanez Guitars

Ibanez with Seymour Duncan Jason Becker Perpetual Burn

Although I consider it my duty as a guitarist to own a Strat, Tele and Les Paul (and some day an ES-335 please, Santa), I have plenty of experience with all sorts of Ibanez guitars and all sorts of Seymour Duncan pickups. So I thought it might be fun to share some of what I’ve found. Continue reading

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Anatomy Of A Humbucker

Silver Humbucker

Maybe you’ve always wondered what some parts of a humbucker do, maybe you want to get some solid ground under your feet before attempting a magnet swap or maybe even a hybrid, or maybe you’re simply curious. In any case, I want to make this article your stepping stone. Continue reading

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Guitar Pickups For Blues

There’s nothing quite like playing the blues. Every note, phrase and hint of vibrato rings out soul. And there’s nothing like seeing a good blues guitarist in concert like BB King, Robert Cray, Gary Clark. Jr, Joe Bonamassa – the list goes … Continue reading

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The Best Pickups for Note Separation Metal Edition

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If you frequent guitar related forums and blogs one thing you may see being discussed is note separation. But what is note separation, and why would a guitar player be looking for this in a guitar pickup? Continue reading

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Bass Strings: A Primer

Lakland Skyline 44/64 Precision Bass with SPB-4 Pickups

To the beginner, a set of strings seems just like any old thing that can be thrown on your bass to make some awesome noise. As you get older and play out more, you start to notice some subtle differences in the various brands, and the different tonal options that are available to you with just a restringing. And then, you start to wonder about the difference between a roundwound and flatwound set of strings, and your mind is blown. Continue reading

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My Favorite Low To Medium Output Hybrid Humbuckers

The cool Custom Shop sticker on the back

I love guitars. I love pickups. I love to tinker. So why not combine that? That must have been my thought when I started making my first hybrid pickup – that and the thrill of doing something that hadn’t been done before. I’m always looking for new dimensions in my tone and I believe the two hybrids I’ll describe in this article got me to the point where I believe I have very little need to tweak nowadays. Continue reading

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Schecter Releases The KM-6

Schecter has just announced the launch of the Keith Merrow KM-6 signature 6-string guitar. Based on the design of the highly lauded KM-7 it sticks with the same simple look and annihilating tone that has made it highly desired and recommended … Continue reading

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