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Articles by George Ellison

Soldering 101: A Step-by-Step Guide

October 26, 2015
Learn to solder like a pro in this easy-to-follow demonstration.
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The Guts of the Thing

November 11, 2008
Last month we decided to focus in-depth on pickups, so I thought we’d start with the Stratocaster, since it’s the best. Yes it is. Oh yes it is. Oh
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Pickups: Hot or Not?

October 13, 2008
Just what does it mean when a pickup is "hot"?
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Lindy Fralin Drops Some Replacement Knowledge

September 9, 2008
Lindy Fralin talks pickups and gives us some tips for our P-90s.
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The Replacements

August 15, 2008
Imitating a famous tone and what goes into it.
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Taper Tricks

July 10, 2008
Last month I mentioned that I had more graphs to show you, so let me jump right in. In a previous column [May ‘08], I mentioned that audio taper pots
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De Facto Standards and You

June 10, 2008
In last month’s column, we looked at DC resistance measurements across pot lugs and determined that when measuring an audio taper pot’s carbon trace from its midpoint to the two
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The Log and Short of Tapers

May 12, 2008
How tapers in pots work, and what it means for your volume control
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Tapering Off

April 9, 2008
We started discussing pot tapers last month, and we’ll discuss that a little more this month, but first we’ll have a look under the hood, so to speak, at
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Confessions of a Pots Dealer

March 11, 2008
Pots are an oft-misunderstood component, so I thought we’d discuss them this month since they’re used in almost all guitars. They do wear out or break occasionally and need
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