Articles by Dirk Wacker

The Fender "Passing Lane" Stratocaster Mod

August 17, 2010
This mod bypasses the volume and tone controls and engages the bridge pickup with the push of a button
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The Vintage Coiled-Cable Simulator Mod

July 20, 2010
How to make your Strat sound like it''s running through a coily cable
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Tone Capacitors for Stratocasters, Part 4

June 16, 2010
The weird quirks and intricacies of tone caps are discussed
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Tone Capacitors for Stratocaster, Part 3

May 18, 2010
Applying Dirk''s cap knowledge to a real-life situation.
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Tone Capacitors for Stratocasters, Part 2

April 15, 2010
Some tone caps you should try in your Strat
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The Stratocaster Cap Switching Mod

February 11, 2010
How to use different tone caps for different positions on the Strat
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Jim Campilongo, NYC Telemaster

January 14, 2010
Jim Campilongo discusses his go-to Teles and his love for Princeton Reverbs, and Greg Koch talks about Jim''s new signature Tele.
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The (In)famous Stratocaster Kill Switch

November 18, 2009
How to install the kill switch made famous by EVH, Buckethead and many others
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Stratocaster Auto-Split Mod

July 22, 2009
If you have a humbucker in the bridge of your strat and want to get a traditional mid/bridge position sound, this mod is for you.
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Gibson ‘50s wiring on a Stratocaster

June 17, 2009
Wire your Strat up like an early Gibson guitar for a whole new world of tone from your instrument
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Greg Koch: Meeting the Gristle-Man

May 20, 2009
Greg Koch is a killer player and clinician for Fender. He talk gear and gigs.
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Stratocaster Tone Split Mod

May 20, 2009
Splitting Strat tone controls into two different ranges with separate caps
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Stratocaster Modding Q & A

April 21, 2009
Dirk answers reader questions about modifying Strats
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The Anatomy of the Stratocaster 5-way Switch, Part III

March 17, 2009
Wrapping up our primer the Stratocaster 5-way switch
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The Anatomy of the Stratocaster 5-way Switch, Part II

February 16, 2009
Discussing standard installation of the Strat 5-way switch
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Bill Hullett: Music City Session Man

February 16, 2009
Bill Hullett, former guitarist for Music City Tonight, sat down with Dirk Wacker to give us some insight into the life and times of a busy Nashville session player
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The Anatomy of the Stratocaster 5-way Switch

January 15, 2009
A primer on the Strat 5-way switch
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Stratocaster Master Tone Configuration

December 16, 2008
A 10-minute Strat mod from Dirk Wacker
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Strat Bridge Pickup Tone Control

November 11, 2008
A simple mod to give your Strat a bridge pickup tone control
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Phasing Out: How to get out-of-phase sounds from a Stratocaster

October 13, 2008
Welcome back to the world of hot-rodded Stratocasters. I hope you had some fun with the seven-sound mod from last month. A friend of mine reminded me to share
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