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May 2014

Guitar & Bass Mods

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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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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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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How To Install A Replacement Pickup

November 15, 2011
Have you ever wanted to replace the pickups in one of your electrics, but were hesitant to tackle the job? No worries! John LeVan—an ace guitar repairman in Nashville—takes you step-by-step through the process.
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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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To Mod or Not to Mod?

October 18, 2011
Flashy and loud, brimming with sex appeal, and plenty of geeky, mechanical specs to discuss—instruments and vehicles share many of the same characteristics.
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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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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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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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The ABCs Of Guitar Switches

July 19, 2011
If you are really into guitar modding, there is no way around learning how switches work.
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