How to Add Push-Pull Pot Wiring to a Les Paul Style Guitar

Push-pull pot wiring is the perfect way to add more tonal options to your Les Paul or LP-style guitar. Coil-tapping, split-coil, in and out of phase, or parallel-series options become available with the flick of your wrist. The mods are easy to do. It’s extremely affordable. And it doesn’t require any permanent changes to your…

How to Find the Best HSS Pickup Configuration

Ever wonder how to choose the perfect pickup for your HSS Strat? You’re not alone. In a previous article, we pointed you toward three of our favorite HSS pickup combinations. But if you want to put your own trio of pickups together, we’ve got you covered. These five steps are an easy way to sift…

How to Find the Best Pickup Configuration: Humbuckers

No matter the tone, there’s a humbucker replacement pickup set that will get you close. There are thousands of them. But a lot of the most popular pickups sell individually, without a matched set. Often, they might not even have a designated bridge or neck counterpart. So if you’ve found the perfect bridge humbucker, how…

5-String Jazz Bass Pickups & String Spacing: What You Need to Know

Everything you need to know to ensure you get the perfect pickups for your favorite 5-string. Not all 5-string Jazz Bass pickups are created equal. And we’re not talking about tone here. We’re talking about if they’ll even line up with the strings on your bass. And if you’ve ever bought replacement pickups for a…

Our Top Tips from 2020

January is a great month for new beginnings. You know, a new year, new me kind of thing. But, it’s also a great month for reflection and thinking about the best moments from the year prior. So, in this last week of January 2021, we’re going to do just that. Here are the Top 3…

How to Choose the Right Pots for Your Pickups

Pop quiz. What is the most critical part of your guitar’s electronics – other than pickups?  Answer: Your potentiometers. Potentiometers – or simply, pots – determine how much of what frequencies make it from your pickup to your output jack. And while some players may be content leaving them full up, getting to know these…

How to Embrace the Stunning Popularity of Chorus Pedals

They say history is cyclical. Nowhere is that more apparent than in guitar tone. From the roar of high-gain stacks to the cleans of pedal-friendly combos, the prominence of Big Muffs to the classic Tube Screamer, tonal trends come and go, then come and go again. But no effect’s on again-off again popularity is as…

How to Get the Most From Your Distortion

What’s the Difference Between Diamondhead and Palladium?!    Tuned for a wide range of distortion, rock players of all shades find the Diamondhead perfectly suited for their preferences. But we often hear, “Doesn’t Seymour Duncan already have the Palladium?”     Great question.    We’d like to give a bit more insight into these two multi-gain stage distortion…

How to Test Guitar Pickups with a Multimeter

Let’s talk about one of the most important subjects every guitarist needs to know in order to troubleshoot their electronics: testing pickups with a multimeter. These affordable hand-held devices are vital and helpful to have around. Whether diagnosing unwanted noises or verifying your pickups’ performance, a multimeter helps you get the most from your guitar...

How to Get Paisley-Approved Vintage Tele Tones

The rules of guitar heroism are different for Tele players. These 6-string virtuosos have come to create their own paradigm of what it means to be a true master of their instrument. While rarely moving out of their twang-based genres, these players are incredibly potent forces in the pantheon of guitarists. Today, no one embodies…

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