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Guitar & Bass Mods

Squier Tele Makeover: Surf-Twang Tweak-a-Rama

February 4, 2013
Guitar guru Bill Hook turns a Squier Tele into a customized twang machine at a fraction of the price of custom-shop axes.
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DIY: Yuri Landman's Flying Double Dutchman Crunch Project

January 30, 2013
Experimental luthier Yuri Landman shows us how to turn a cheap axe into a raging sonic ghost ship with just a handful of parts and a generous helping of reckless abandon.
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DIY: How to Change Guitar Pickups

January 22, 2013

In this step-by-step video tutorial, Nashville guitar tech and bass builder Tony Nagy demonstrates how to replace an electric guitar pickup and offers valuable tips on disassembling, wiring, and reassembling a Fender Stratocaster.

Bonus! Curious what a Strat sounds like strung with medium flatwounds? Check out the short demo following this how-to video.


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Humbucker Pickups in an Esquire, PT. 2

December 10, 2012
Fig. 1. Wiring diagram for 3-way operation of the Chopper T Bridge pickup. Diagram courtesy of dimarzio.com In last month’s column, we began exploring options for installing a humbucker
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Humbucker Pickups in an Esquire, PT. 1

November 5, 2012
In recent months, we’ve been exploring wiring options for the Fender Esquire. This time around we’ll continue our journey by investigating Esquire-friendly humbuckers.
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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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