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Guitar & Bass Mods

Bass Necks: Adjustability and Resonance

November 5, 2012
Fig. 1: Do you like to experiment? Try shifting a neck’s resonance by adding temporary mass with a clamp. In their quest for tone, most bass players experiment by
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The Tapped Esquire Wiring

October 8, 2012
Fig. 1. This schematic shows how to wire a tapped Telecaster bridge pickup into an Esquire. Diagram courtesy of seymourduncan.com For the last few issues, we’ve been investigating the
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DIY: How to Set Up a Fender Stratocaster

October 8, 2012
Arguably the world’s most popular electric guitar, the Fender Stratocaster is a marvel of sonic and mechanical engineering. But setting it up correctly can be a challenge, even for experienced players. Here, ace Nashville repairman John LeVan walks you step-by-step through the setup process and shows you how to make your Strat play like a dream and ring like a bell.
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The "Luthercaster" Esquire Wiring

September 5, 2012
Nicknamed the “Luthercaster,” this is the guitar I play onstage with our local Johnny Cash tribute band.
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DIY: How to Convert a Flattop to Nashville Tuning

August 10, 2012
Turn your spare acoustic into a sparkling wonder that transforms songs from mundane to magical.
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Hot-Rod Your Electric: Tiny Tone Tweaks, Done Dirt Cheap

August 10, 2012
One of the industry’s most esteemed builders shows us 5 easy (and practically free) mods to hot-rod your electric.
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Choosing Magnetic Bass Pickups

August 10, 2012
Once you’ve stated your goals, you can investigate how manufacturers describe their products and then figure out how your goals and these descriptions fit together.
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The Modded Eldred Esquire Wiring

August 10, 2012
The basic Eldred wiring is very useable and flexible, and that’s the main reason why so many pro Esquire players choose it.
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Sum of the Parts Guitar

July 9, 2012
Whether you’re building from scratch or performing an upgrade or mod, there is no shortage of aftermarket guitar parts available for your project. Following simple guidelines may help you
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The Eldred Esquire Wiring

July 9, 2012
The Eldred Esquire wiring schematic. Illustration courtesy of www.singlecoil.com This month, let’s continue exploring Esquire mods by diving into the socalled “Eldred Esquire wiring,” which is currently one of
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Esquire Mods, Part 2

June 8, 2012
Go one step further and change the values of the parts used in the resistor/capacitor network.
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Esquire Mods, Part 1

May 11, 2012
If you’re looking for ways to make the circuit more flexible or better suited to your sonic needs, you’ve come to the right place.
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3 Mods for 3 Guitars

May 9, 2012
Just added: advanced mods for Strat, Tele, and Les Paul
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Fender Esquire Basics

April 6, 2012
I admit that the Fender Esquire is one of my favorite guitars ever, and I find its sound and simplicity very appealing.
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Cheap and Easy Bass Mods

April 6, 2012
Two cheap and non-destructive mods that add functionality and tonal variety to your instrument.
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Tele Control Plate Mods

March 9, 2012
Fig. 1 The reversed control plate with the 3-way switch at the rear. Fig. 2. Wiring for the reversed control plate with the volume pot in the front position,
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DIY: How to Intonate a Flattop Guitar

March 9, 2012
Although it’s tricky to fine-tune the intonation on a flattop with a nonadjustable saddle, it can be done. In this DIY article, Nashville repairman John LeVan walks you step-by-step through the process of making a new, compensated bone saddle and setting up your acoustic to play like a dream.
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Bass Mods - When, Where, and Why?

March 9, 2012
$0$0 As bassists, we’re used to peering into control cavities like this, but our guitarist buddies might faint at the sight.$0 $0Low-enders! Welcome to the Bass Bench, my new column
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More Primary Tele Tone Mods

February 10, 2012
Hardware has a huge influence on the primary tone of any guitar, and it’s here that different materials can really make a difference.
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How to Convert Your Axe to a Baritone

February 10, 2012
Although converting to a bari is a job just about any player can handle, there’s a lot more to it than just swapping the existing neck with a long-scale replacement. Here, ace Nashville repairman John LeVan walks you step-by-step through making yours sound spectacular and play like butter.
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