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Stratocaster Direct-Through Mod

September 18, 2009
Mod your Strat to connect the pickup directly to the output jack, Esquire-style.
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New Speaker Plug for an Ampeg B-15-N

August 19, 2009
An Ampeg B-15-N without a speaker plug
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Stratocaster with Individual On/Off Switches

August 19, 2009
How to add individual on/off switches for each pickup to your Strat
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Tube Amp Troubleshooting 101

July 22, 2009
Diagnosing a dead Blues Junior with universal troubleshooting tips
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Stratocaster Auto-Split Mod

July 22, 2009
If you have a humbucker in the bridge of your strat and want to get a traditional mid/bridge position sound, this mod is for you.
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Gibson ‘50s wiring on a Stratocaster

June 17, 2009
Wire your Strat up like an early Gibson guitar for a whole new world of tone from your instrument
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Tube Amp Building Seminar: Specimen/Chicago School of Guitar Making

May 28, 2009
A first-hand account of the Chicago School of Guitar Making''s Tube Amp Building Seminar
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Stratocaster Tone Split Mod

May 20, 2009
Splitting Strat tone controls into two different ranges with separate caps
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Orange Upgrade, part 1

April 30, 2009
Tim Schroeder digs into a stock Orange AD200. He details stripping the amp to its chassis and turning it into a point-to-point handwired amp with high-quality components.
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Electro-Harmonix Russian Big Muff Pi Pedal Mods

April 21, 2009
How to make your Russian Big Muff Pi deliver tones from Queens of the Stone Age to David Gilmour
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How To: Pot Your Own Pickups

March 17, 2009
Nip microphonic pickups in the bud and dispose of those smelly gift candles in one fell swoop.
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Negative Feedback, Fender Bassman 10

March 17, 2009
A look at negative feedback and hum balance
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The Anatomy of the Stratocaster 5-way Switch, Part III

March 17, 2009
Wrapping up our primer the Stratocaster 5-way switch
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The Anatomy of the Stratocaster 5-way Switch, Part II

February 16, 2009
Discussing standard installation of the Strat 5-way switch
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Tackling Treble Trouble

January 15, 2009
Jeff tries to tame some out-of-whack treble on a 1983 Marshall JCM 800 4210 Combo
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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Output Tubes

January 15, 2009
Dave Hunter gets down to business with the tone generating clan of tubes: output tubes.
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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Preamp Tubes

December 16, 2008
Dave Hunter kicks off a two-part primer on tubes with some general history on our glowing glass friends and an in-depth look at preamp tubes.
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Controlling Speaker Breakup

December 16, 2008
How speakers break up, and what you can do to control the noise.
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Stratocaster Master Tone Configuration

December 16, 2008
A 10-minute Strat mod from Dirk Wacker
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MXR Distortion Plus Mods

November 26, 2008
Mods that will take your MXR Distortion Plus to a bigger, meaner level
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