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Don Finan #2
“This is my custom built ‘Moderne Special,’” says Colorado’s Don Finan. “It has a poplar body shaped like a Gibson Moderne, three Burns Tri-Sonic single-coil pickups (the bridge duo in humbucking configuration), Brian May Red Special wiring (individual on/off and phase switches), and a Hipshot Baby Grand bridge. This is the first guitar that I’ve built, and I’ve been thrilled by how well it plays and all the amazing sounds it has.”

Throughout the year we collect stories and photos of guitar-mod projects created by you, our dear readers. Some are so inspiring that we include them here in our annual Hot Rod issue.

Catalinbread Element Series Overdrive, Distortion & Fuzz Demos PG Plays

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Welcome back to Mod Garage. This month we’ll have a look at a special Stratocaster wiring that’s known as the Ricky King wiring. Born in 1946, Ricky King is a well-known German instrumental guitarist who was very popular in Europe during the ’70s and ’80s, with some top-charting hits like “Verde,” “Le Rêve,” “Mare,” and “Hale, Hey Louise.” King, whose real name is Hans Lingenfelder, was also famous for his “toothpaste smile” when performing. I don’t think Ricky King was very popular in the United States, but his personal Stratocaster wiring is an interesting one, so I think you’ll have fun with this.

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Sick of hauling hefty amps? Here are a handful of solid options.

Whether you need watts to power a real-life cab or just real-amp sounds, these stomps are guaranteed to make your next load-in a whole lot easier.

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