50s Vs Modern Les Paul Wiring

A Gibson Les Paul, SG, ES-335 and many other guitars use a two-pickup/four-pot setup: two dedicated volume controls and two dedicated tone controls. The tonal possibilities are almost endless if you know how to dial it in right, and the tireless tinkerers among us have tried several ways of hooking up the pickups to the…

Going Deeper Into 250K Vs 500K Pots

It is well known that a 500k pot will give you more highs than a 250k pot. But the “why” remains a cloudy subject. So let’s get to the bottom of it: why does the value of the pot matter?

How To Use A Multi-Meter

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.

Create a two stage potentiometer

Many guitars also come with a combination of single coil and humbucker pickups. Running a 500K potentiometer when using singles may make them too sharp and shrill. Sure you can have a couple of volume potentiometers, one for each sort of pickup. But what if you want to keep your control layout simple?

Bass Tone Caps: From The Top

Many guitarists know the simple truth; change your tone voicing by switching out the capacitor on your tone pot. This has led many guitarists on a long quest for finding the ultimate cap to achieve their tone. Usually though, most bassists never think that changing the capacitor on their tone knob will unlock the tone that they’ve been seeking. We’ll talk about some of the benefits of using different value tone caps in your bass, as well as a couple of easy tips to give you some more options.

What Are Potentiometers?

As guitar players we’re familiar with the volume and tone controls on our guitars. Potentiometers (pots) – or variable resistors – have been used for decades on guitars, effects and amplifiers. There are two distinct types of potentiometers that we typically use for these applications: linear (often abbreviated as “lin”) and logarithmic (log or audio). Each of these types of potentiometers are used for specific applications, but first let’s break down what a potentiometer is, and how it works.

No Tone? Know Tone! Brushing the Dust Off

Let’s face it. Most guitarists never touch the tone knob. It is one of those superfluous things like ‘input 2’ on the amp and position 4 on the Gain knob, right? It isn’t so, Joe (or Jane)! This article will help to explain the tone knob and the use of it (and non-use) throughout the…

Wiring A Hollow Body Guitar the Easy Way

Have you ever looked at a hollow or semi-hollow guitar on the wall at your local music store and wondered how the heck they get the electronics in there? The short answer: it’s do-able, but not easy. In fact, it’s widely considered to be one of the most difficult jobs in the wide world of guitar maintenance. My tech charges extra for doing electronics work in a hollow-body, and he’s definitely not the only one.

The Mad (Guitar) Scientist’s Lab Equipment List

It’s a little known secret that mere mortals can repair and maintain their instruments using only hand tools (sssh, this is just between us!). Heck, using prefab or custom-ordered necks and bodies, you can build them too. Contrary to popular opinion, you don’t always need a ton of unwieldy and expensive tools to work on,…

Stop Ignoring Those Knobs

Volume and tone knobs are pointless, right? Let’s say you’ve got all your knobs at ten on the guitar, and on the amp, your perfect “workhorse” tone is dialled in. Just the on the edge of overdrive; a little bite in the treble, but not too much; everything sounds great. Okay, let’s try out those…

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