Category Archives: The Tone Garage

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 A Multi-Meter Can Help Your Guitar

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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

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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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Introducing The .strandberg* Varberg

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If you haven’t got your paws on a .strandberg* guitar with an EndurNeck™ before it’s a strange experience simply because contrary to what your eyes may tell you, it doesn’t feel strange. Continue reading

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Effects Basics: DELAY! Delay delay lay ay y

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The delay, or echo, is one of the oldest effects for guitar. Probably my favorite effect, I have one on every recording I do, at least somewhere. Continue reading

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My Favorite Pickups For Indie

This Jaguar has been modified to quite a degree. The original pickups were replaced by lipstick pickups, which Seymour Duncan also offers, as well as an addition of a middle pickup. An old 'Gold Foil' pickup in this case.

A look at pickups that are appropriate for Indie guitar styles. Continue reading

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Friends of SD: Parsons Guitars

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Ventura, California’s Randy Parsons builds whatever he can think of, leaving established classic designs to someone else. Continue reading

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New Guitars of 2015 With Seymour Duncan Pickups

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The NAMM show of 2015 is behind us for a  couple of weeks now and the dust of all the newly released gear is settling down. It’s time to see what’s new, hot and smokin’ in the world of guitars, as … Continue reading

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