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Dirk Wacker

Dirk Wacker

Dirk Wacker lives in Germany and has been a guitar addict since age 5. He’s also a hardcore DIY-er for guitars, amps, and stompboxes and runs a website on the subject (singlecoil.com). When not working at his guitar workbench, he plays country, rockabilly, surf, and flamenco. Contact him at info@singlecoil.com.

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Strat Series Wiring for a New Decade

March 5, 2021
It's been nearly 10 years since Mod Garage guru Dirk Wacker taught us how to series-wire a Fender Stratocaster. Now he says he's got an even better way.
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DIY: Relic’ing Metal Hardware

February 5, 2021
Our series on how to age a guitar, piece by piece, continues. This month we tackle the bridge and strap buttons.
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Ultra-Flexible Wiring for Your Duo-Sonic

January 15, 2021
Four rad add-ons and a whopping six pickup combinations for the Fender offset.
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A Homemade “Third Hand”

December 18, 2020
While on a Gibson factory tour, I learned I could easily make my own DIY humbucker installation tool out of materials lying around my shop.
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The COVID Files: Inside the Mod Garage Shop During Lockdown

November 27, 2020
Dirk Wacker shares what the last six months have been like for him and his guitar-tech business in Germany.
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DIY Relic’ing Tuners, Part 2

October 23, 2020
The Mod Garage guitar-aging series continues. Try these easy steps to get a vintage look on your plastic tuners.
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How to Get the Most out of Hum-Sing-Hum Wiring

September 11, 2020
This circuit lets you get HSH and SSS-like tones from a single guitar.
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DIY: Relic’ing Tuners, Part 1

August 7, 2020
Our relic’ing series continues. Here’s an easy way to age the metal casings of guitar tuners.
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The Fascinating Peavey T-60 Tone Circuit

July 3, 2020
With out-of-phase and coil-switching options, a treble-bleed network, and individual volume and tone controls for each pickup, this dual-humbucker’s wiring was ahead of its time when it came out in 1978.
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DIY Relic’ing: Break the Shine

May 29, 2020
When aging a project guitar, it’s best to take it apart and start small. First, we focus on the metal.
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Decoding Jerry Donahue’s 5-Way Telecaster Wiring

April 24, 2020
Over the course of his stellar career, the ace string bender and former Hellecaster has had several signature models, each wired to his unique specs. We’ll show you how to squeeze his sonic wizardry into your T-style guitar.
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How to Install and Maintain Your Guitar's Pots

March 27, 2020
When it comes to cosmic tone, it’s critical to have functional potentiometers. Here’s how to install them correctly and keep them ship-shape afterward.
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The DIY Relic Job—Fantasy or Reality?

February 28, 2020
Yes, it is possible to age your instrument. But there are pitfalls to avoid and techniques to master.
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Rock the 5-Tone Tele

January 31, 2020
Here’s how you can squeeze five different sounds from Fender’s iconic 6-string.
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Meet the Mother of All Shielded Cable

December 27, 2019
Working with vintage-style wire that has an exposed, braided-metal shield takes skill and patience. But you can do it—we’ll show you how.
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Mod Garage: Dig Out-of-Phase Tone? Then Make It Variable!

November 29, 2019
Let PG’s mod guru show you how to wring more sounds from your dual-pickup guitar.
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Mod Garage: Goo Begone!

November 1, 2019
Behold the magic of the homemade electrolysis bath.
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Mod Garage: Inside Yamaha’s Dry Switch

October 4, 2019
Passive bass-cut switches have been around since the late ’50s—maybe even longer. Here’s a new twist on a classic theme.
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Mod Garage: Working with Shielded Coax and Teflon-Insulated Wire

August 30, 2019
If you want pro results from your modding adventures, you need to learn how to handle these specialized types of cabling.
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Mod Garage: Three Ways to Wire a Tone Pot

August 2, 2019
How you connect the tone cap and potentiometer to the volume control has a huge effect on your sound.
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