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Mod Garage

Mod Garage: Decouple Your Les Paul’s Volume Controls

July 18, 2014
Ever been frustrated by how the two volume controls interact on a dual-humbucker axe? Here’s how to make them work independently.
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Mod Garage: Adding an Out-of-Phase Switch to a Telecaster

June 27, 2014
Ready to coax out-of-phase sounds from a Tele?
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Mod Garage: The Infamous Telecaster Neck Pickup

May 16, 2014
Let’s face it: Few Tele players actually like the sound of the stock neck pickup. If you’re thinking of swapping it for something else, here are some time-tested options.
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Mod Garage: 7 Tele Bridge Pickup Alternatives

April 18, 2014
Tired of twang? Inject your T-style with new life.
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Mod Garage: Exploring the Tele Pickup Palette, Pt. 2

March 14, 2014
Before you replace your Telecaster’s bridge pickup, it’s important to understand the commonly available designs, how they differ, and what sonic purpose each serves.
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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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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: ’50s Les Paul Wiring in a Telecaster, Pt. 2

December 27, 2013
Tele freaks: Get modern and ’50s-style tone-pot wiring in the same axe!
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Mod Garage: ’50s Les Paul Wiring in a Telecaster

November 15, 2013
It’s easy to wire your Telecaster’s tone and volume controls the way Gibson wired late-’50s Les Pauls.
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Mod Garage: How to Wire Alternative Tele 3-Way Switches

October 25, 2013
Once you understand how the classic CRL Telecaster 3-way switch is wired, you can transfer this knowledge to other popular brands and models. It’s easy and we’ll show you how to do it.
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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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Mod Garage: Inside the 3-way Telecaster Pickup Switch

August 23, 2013
Because the Telecaster’s 3-way switch lies at the heart of many cool mods, it’s important to explore it. There’s more to this little piece of hardware than meets the eye.
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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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Factory Telecaster Wirings, Pt. 1

June 21, 2013
How Fender's factory Tele wiring evolved, and ways to mod them.
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Fighting Feedback in a Telecaster

June 8, 2013
By addressing two of problematic areas, the following mods will dramatically reduce the chance of feedback.
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Preparing Your Tele for Future Mods

May 11, 2013
In anticipation of all the Telecaster mods we have in store, let’s devote this column to getting your pickups ready for the adventure. For starters, unstring your Tele and remove
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Telecaster Obsession

April 15, 2013
Let’s review our Tele history and get some insights from one of the best Tele masters alive, Greg Koch.
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The Two-Pickup Esquire Wiring

March 11, 2013
Also called the “Broadcaster blend circuit,” this wiring is the transition circuit between the single-pickup Esquire and the Telecaster with its well-known dual-pickup configuration.
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The Ultra-Flexible Esquire Wiring, PT. 2

February 4, 2013
Last month, we began a special project: We wanted to squeeze as many useable sounds as possible from a single-pickup Esquire [“The Ultra-flexible Esquire Wiring, Pt. 1,” February 2013]. And
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The Ultra-Flexible Esquire Wiring, PT. 1

January 9, 2013
Essentially, the idea is to squeeze as many useable sounds as possible from a single-pickup Esquire.
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