Category Archives: The Tone Garage

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

PegasusMAIN

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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Reader’s Choice: Top Amps For Blues

"It's a tweed thing, really..."

Generally the blues isn’t about flash or effects. It’s more about feeling. It’s characteristically a down-and-dirty affair: the sound of fingers and strings, wire and wood. Did Albert Collins, Lonnie Mack or Stevie Ray Vaughn need MIDI-switching? NO! (Though to be fair SRV did switch between and combine a couple of amps for his signature tones – nothing wrong with that either). For the purposes of this discussion, however – we wanted to know what one amp would be your top pick as a blues guitarist. Continue reading

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The SD Custom Shop: Bass Edition

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

Ever since I got the SPB-4 Steve Harris Signature Pickup in my Lakland 44/64 bass, I’ve been pretty happy. Out of all the Seymour Duncan Precision Bass pickups, this one is easily my favorite and sounded the best out of all the other SD pups that were in my bass. But, restless spirits being what they are, I wondered if I could change the sound again which, after looking at the pickups again, wandered over to the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop to see what they could whip up. Continue reading

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My Favorite Hybrid Humbucker Set

Double Cream... that's as home made as it can get!

I made a hybrid of the JB and the Full Shred for the bridge and a ’59/Jazz for the neck. I was stunned. Floored. One might say, in love. Continue reading

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