November 2018

Guitar & Bass Mods

Mod Garage: May the Phase Be with You

November 10, 2017
Use this “traffic light” table to avoid potential issues when combining single-coils from different manufacturers in one guitar.
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Mod Garage: How to Shield Single-Coil Pickups

October 13, 2017
Here’s the secret for reducing unwanted hum and noise without losing sparkle and highs.
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Bass Bench: Horror Stories from the Repair Shop

October 6, 2017
Sometimes it makes sense to acknowledge your limitations.
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Mod Garage: The Quad-Pot, Dual-Humbucker Wiring of Doom

September 15, 2017
Guitarists can’t have it all when it comes to onboard tone control. Oh, yeah? Let’s reconsider.
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Mod Garage: The Triple-Threat, Solo Humbucker Wiring

August 18, 2017
Like to keep things simple? Here’s how to coax three sounds from a stripped-down guitar sporting one 4-conductor ’bucker.
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Guitar Pickups 101

August 7, 2017
Confused by terms like alnico, Formvar, and pole pieces? Dive into our primer to discover the history and technology behind the electric guitar’s most essential component.
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Mod Garage: Switchable Modern-Retro Les Paul Wiring

April 28, 2017
Here’s an easy and inexpensive way to give your beloved axe two distinct voices.
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DIY: How to Refinish Your Axe

April 18, 2017
StewMac tech guru Erick Coleman on how to give your instrument a sweet new look in five easy steps—sans fancy tools.
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DIY: How to Set up Jazzmasters & Jaguars

April 12, 2017
Offset addict Michael Adams reveals setup secrets for making Fender’s ingenious, sorely misunderstood axes sing.
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Mod Garage: Two Easy Ways to Improve Tuning Stability on a Flattop

March 31, 2017
Struggling with slipping strings or strange rattles? Here’s how to deal with the potential culprits.
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Mod Garage: Get a Grip on Pickup Phase

March 10, 2017
When you mix and match pickups from different manufacturers, you have to deal with their electrical phase. Here’s how to understand what’s going on.
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Acoustic Soundboard: A Master Builder’s Tips for Choosing the Right Pickup

February 22, 2017
Huss & Dalton’s Mark Dalton shares five points to consider when deciding how to amplify your acoustic.
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Mod Garage: The Super-Flexible, Super-Simple Telecaster Wiring

February 17, 2017
The ultimate stealth mod for Leo’s classic solidbody? You be the judge.
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Mod Garage: Four Ways to Configure a 4-Conductor Humbucker

January 20, 2017
Unravel the mysteries of series, parallel, and coil-splitting wiring schemes.
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Bass Bench: Time to Put Your Bass on a Diet?

January 6, 2017
Explore the pros and cons of pursuing a weight-loss regimen.
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Mod Garage: Updating a 1950s Musima Record

November 25, 2016
When you dig inside an old guitar, you have to be ready for anything.
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On Bass: Low-End Life Hacks

November 17, 2016
Why the "right" way isn’t always the right way.
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Mod Garage: Demystifying DCR

October 7, 2016
Do you ever get confused trying to interpret pickup specs? Here’s the lowdown on the most ubiquitous pickup parameter.
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Guitar Shop 101: Touch-up a String Nut with Super Glue

September 16, 2016
After replacing or upgrading a nut, finish the job with fast-acting cyanoacrylate adhesive.
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Bass Bench: Alternative Strap Systems

September 9, 2016
If standing for hours with a neck-heavy bass is causing you back pain, here are some solutions.
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