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Guitar & Bass Mods

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Mod Garage: Rewiring a Fender Mustang

July 1, 2016
Here’s how to streamline the pickup switching scheme on an underrated Fender.
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Guitar Shop 101: How to Repair Delaminated Neck Binding

June 21, 2016
Got some loose fretboard binding? No worries—here are a few easy steps to fix it.
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Thurston Moore Gets His Yuri Landman / Premier Guitar DIY Drone Guitar

June 9, 2016
Check out the new video footage of Yuri and Thurston chatting about the instrument’s unusual design, then watch Moore test the guitar at a gig the same night.
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Mod Garage: Restoring Vintage Guitar Tuners

June 3, 2016
Old tuners can seize up—especially if they haven’t been used in years—but it’s not hard to bring them back to life.
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Bass Bench: A Staccato Blast from the Past

May 13, 2016
What was it about the old-school bass masters that made them so darn funky?
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Mod Garage: Taming Highs with Virtual Tone Controls

May 6, 2016
Got a shrill-sounding pickup? Here’s a cheap and easy fix.
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DIY: It’s Alive!

April 29, 2016
Luthier Frank Falbo on the Dos and Don’ts of building a parts guitar.
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Bass Bench: Myths and Facts of Cryogenic Treatment

April 22, 2016
It would be easy to call cryogenically treated hardware “snake oil,” but perhaps that’s not fair.
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DIY: Thurston Moore’s Drone Guitar Project

April 21, 2016
Dutch experimental builder Yuri Landman creates a microtonal avant-rock playground for the former Sonic Youth axeman.
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DIY: Lap It Up

April 14, 2016
Convert an acoustic or electric 6-string into a soulful tone machine for just a few bucks.
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Mod Garage: The Strat-o-Tele Crossover

April 8, 2016
Four ways to bring classic Stratocaster sounds to your Tele.
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Guitar Shop 101: The ABCs of Output Jacks

March 25, 2016
Passive pickups, active electronics, and acoustic-electric guitars with dual-pickup sources all require different types of output jacks. Do you know how to wire them up?
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Mod Garage: Riptide Stratocaster Wiring

March 4, 2016
Can you merge the best qualities of a Strat and Tele?
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Acoustic Soundboard: Little Mods, Big Results

February 25, 2016
If you’re not getting the tone you want out of your acoustic, a simple and quick tweak might get you a little closer.
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Bass Bench: Passive Distortion

February 12, 2016
Can you generate onboard overdrive with no batteries?
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Mod Garage: Les Paul Master Wiring #3

February 5, 2016
Want split-second tone switching on your dual-humbucker guitar? Try this simple yet potent mod.
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Mod Garage: Dealing with Knobs and Pots

January 1, 2016
Who knew that something as seemingly simple as replacing pots or swapping knobs could be so tricky?
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Bass Bench: Decoding Fender’s Greasebucket and TBX Circuits

December 25, 2015
Can you really expand your sound with a passive control?
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Guitar Shop 101: Wiring Humbuckers in Parallel on an HH Strat

December 11, 2015
Put some shimmer and spank into your dual-humbucker guitar with this alternative wiring scheme.
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Bass Bench: Passive Interplay

December 4, 2015
There’s much to consider when pondering the merits of active versus passive bass guitar circuits.
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