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DIY

Giving a Squier Tele the Cigar-Box Treatment

January 10, 2012
The scariest moment was sawing off the lower body—I wanted to make sure we avoided the control cavity, as that could damage wires and leave a gaping hole in the bottom of the guitar.
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Restoring A Prototype Gibson Cello Bass

January 10, 2012
The groundwork was laid by Gibson, but there are still many mechanical designs to work through and questions to answer about how the original builder intended to make it all come together.
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Adding Series Switching To Your Strat

December 20, 2011
To benefit from the series option, you need to use your Strat’s dual-pickup settings—bridge + middle or neck + middle.
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Restoring the Neck on a 1965 Shoreline Gold Fender Strat

December 20, 2011
You may recall that a previous owner had decided to install a Floyd Rose locking nut and tremolo. My job will be to replace missing wood, patch various holes, and re-install the original Fender trem, which fortunately stayed with the guitar.
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Venturing Inside A Vintage Carlsbro

December 20, 2011
Carlsbro amps were built in Nottingham, England, and seem to be more rare in the USA than any other British amp.
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20 Steps to a Kinder, Gentler Frankenaxe

December 6, 2011
In the spirit of Eddie Van Halen, some tips on creating your own unique tone monster (but with more trial and less error).
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Resurrecting A 1965 Shoreline Gold Fender Strat

November 15, 2011
As I checked out this cool Strat, it became immediately clear why it was brought to us. Ouch! Someone had decided to rock out and install a Floyd Rose locking nut and tremolo.
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Stratocaster Parallel/Series Switching

November 15, 2011
In this and next month’s column, we’ll explore parallel/series pickup switching schemes for the single-coil pickups in your Strat.
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Bringing A Blackface Bassman In From The Cold

November 15, 2011
While the Bassman was designed for amplifying a bass guitar, most players today use them for guitar, since these amps are able to get a nice overdriven tone at a somewhat useable volume.
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Powering Your Board

November 15, 2011
There are three major issues to consider when thinking about powering your pedalboard: voltage, current, and isolation
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Refretting a '72 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe

October 18, 2011
If you’ve been reading this column recently, you’ll recall we’re in the middle of restoring a ’72 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe.
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The Stratocaster "Jazz Switch" Mod

October 18, 2011
Prior to 1967, Fender used the following wiring: bridge pickup alone, neck pickup alone, and neck pickup alone with an additional 0.1 µF cap engaged.
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Silence is Golden

October 18, 2011
The electric guitar can be a noisy beast. I’m talking about the unwanted variety of noise that can accompany an electric guitar—buzz, hum, hiss, radio stations, and more—all picked up by the guitar’s pickups, its wiring, or something else in its signal chain.
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Tweaking a Silvertone 1484

October 18, 2011
The reverb and tremolo work fairly well, but could be stronger. Do you have any suggestions for making this amp all it can be?
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MOD Kits DIY Introduces the Limited Edition Inducer

October 17, 2011
The Inducer is a Limited Edition tube distortion pedal kit designed around a New-Old- Stock 6189W JAN Philips vacuum tube.
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Exploring Fender's 5-Way Super Switch

September 20, 2011
Ready to explore the technical aspects of the 5-way super switch?
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The Red Queen and 5 Steps to a Lutherie Career

September 20, 2011
And over the years I’ve been asked the same two questions over and over: “How do you get into guitar making?” and “What does it take to have a career in it?”
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Souping up a Sound X-305-R

August 16, 2011
I recently had an unusual combo come across my bench, and I felt it would make a great topic for a column.
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Introducing Fender’s 5-Way Super Switch

August 16, 2011
Instead of two stages, this switch offers four completely independent stages with six terminals each, yielding a total of 24 terminals!
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Tweaking A Carvin Nomad Combo

July 19, 2011
"When I dime the amp to get some nice power-tube overdrive, the sound gets a little spiky instead of turning big and round."
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