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Photo 1 shows the 4PDT switching matrix design for the "up" position, which will put the pickups half out-of-phase.

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We've discussed full out-of-phase and half out-of-phase pickup switching. Here's a wiring for those who want it all in one switch.

Hello and welcome back to Mod Garage. After exploring the half out-of-phase pickup option several times in the past, there was a lot of interest, and I received a lot of emails from readers about it. A lot of you asked for a multi-phase switch to have all possible options at the ready and today we'll bring it all together. You asked for it, and the Mod Garage delivers!

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Stratocaster

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Want a vast sonic palette at your fingertips? Here’s a way to get 10 unique sounds from one guitar.

Exactly 10 years ago, I wrote my first column for the publication that evolved into Premier Guitar, and as you can imagine, this is a landmark for me. To celebrate this decennial anniversary, I've cooked up something special. Fair warning: This is a complex mod, so it may not be for everyone. But even though the wiring resembles a circuit from the Apollo 12 mission, it's worth the work if you dream of having a vast sonic palette at your fingertips. The goal of this wiring is to create two independent switching stages: a standard Stratocaster setup mated with a typical PRS scheme. This “Strat-PRS crossover" will give you the best of both worlds in one guitar.

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Sometimes a guitar’s bolt-on neck needs a shim. Find out why and learn how to shim a neck the right way.

Recently a client brought an older Fender Telecaster into the shop for a setup. The action was really high, but the saddles had run out of adjustment and couldn't drop any lower. After careful inspection, I determined that the neck needed a shim to fix the problem. Fortunately, shimming a bolt-on neck isn't too hard. In fact, if you're handy with basic tools you can do this yourself, but you need to understand the process and know what mistakes to avoid. Let's investigate.

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