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Let’s build one of my favorite DIY guitar tools that I use daily in my shop. I’ll show you two versions and then explain how to put them into action.

Welcome back to Mod Garage. After receiving numerous requests to show more DIY tools for guitarists, today we’ll explore one of my favorites. For years I’ve used this one in the shop daily and I’m sure you’ll love it. It’s cheap and easy to build, but very effective for analyzing circuits of electric guitars and basses without opening the electronic compartment or lifting the pickguard. It’s a kind of adaptor or extension to measure a pickup’s DC resistance (DCR) from outside the guitar. After building one, we’ll discuss how to interpret the measurements.

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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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Over the course of the last few months, we've taken time to explore different types of wire typically used inside electric guitars and basses. Knowing how to work with specific types of wire is a fundamental skill for any modder, and there's more to it than meets the eye. In fact, the success or failure of a project can hinge on such knowledge.

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Here’s the secret for reducing unwanted hum and noise without losing sparkle and highs.

For years, folks have been debating the pros and cons of shielding single-coil pickups. You may have tried this yourself, only to have been disappointed at the loss of high end. But here's the good news: There is a way to reduce unwanted noise without losing the clarity and sparkle we crave from great single-coil pickups, and I'll show you how to do it now.

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