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May 2014

Guitar & Bass Mods

Mod Garage: Exploring the Tele Pickup Palette

March 7, 2014
If you decide to replace your Tele pickups, first do some homework and research the venerable model’s broad tonal palette.
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Guitar Shop 101: How to Install Standard and Locking Strap Buttons

February 28, 2014
Everything you need to know to easily secure your acoustic or electric.
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Mod Garage: Before You Swap Out Those Tele Pickups …

January 17, 2014
Unhappy with your Tele tone? The pickups may not be the issue.
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Mod Garage: How to Wire a Stock Tele Pickup Switch

October 4, 2013
We demystify the eight lugs on a Telecaster’s 3-way switch and show you the right way to connect them to the two pickup leads and master volume pot.
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Acoustic Soundboard: A Personal Design Study, Pt. 1

August 21, 2013
What goes on in the mind of a guitar electronics designer? Learn the value of simultaneously developing multiple prototypes and the role details play in a successful design.
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The Fabulous Four: Mods for your Strat, Tele, Les Paul, and "Super Strat"

August 1, 2013
Looking for the coolest, simplest mods for your Strat, Tele, Les Paul, or “super strat”? Then look no further—Premier Guitar’s Mod Garage columnist Dirk Wacker walks us through the tastiest tone tweaks for the most popular guitars on the planet.
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How to Install a New Tune-o-matic Bridge

July 26, 2013
No matter what style Tune-o-matic your guitar has, it’s important to regularly inspect the bridge for wear. Eventually, you may need to replace it.
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Factory Telecaster Wirings, Pt. 2

July 19, 2013
Exploring the post-1967 wiring, referred to as the “modern” or “standard” Telecaster wiring that's is still in use today.
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How to Set Up a Floyd Rose-Style Trem

June 29, 2013
When a Floyd Rose-style tremolo is tilted back against the body—as shown here—you can’t use the system to its full potential.
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Factory Telecaster Wirings, Pt. 1

June 21, 2013
How Fender's factory Tele wiring evolved, and ways to mod them.
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