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DIY: How to String a Gibson-Style Electric Guitar

DIY: How to String a Gibson-Style Electric Guitar

April 2, 2020
Got a guitar with a Tune-o-matic-style bridge and three strings on each side of the headstock? Here’s a fast, easy video demo of how to get it ready for stable-tuned action.
DIY: How to String a Fender-Style Electric Guitar

DIY: How to String a Fender-Style Electric Guitar

March 17, 2020
A fast, easy video demo of how to replace strings on any standard electric with all six tuners on the same side of the headstock.
Zeppelin Design Labs Announces the VPM-1 Volume Pedal Mod for Ernie Ball VPJR

Zeppelin Design Labs Announces the VPM-1 Volume Pedal Mod for Ernie Ball VPJR

March 16, 2020
A DIY mod that buffers the audio signal and offers up to 14 dB of gain.
The DIY Relic Job—Fantasy or Reality?

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.
How to Get Big Tones on Small Stages

How to Get Big Tones on Small Stages

February 25, 2020
Find the sweet spot between volume, sanity, and sonic happiness with classic-style Fender amps.
Rock the 5-Tone Tele

Rock the 5-Tone Tele

January 31, 2020
Here’s how you can squeeze five different sounds from Fender’s iconic 6-string.
Korg Nu:Tekt OD-S & HA-S Headphone Amplifier Demo | NAMM 2020

Korg Nu:Tekt OD-S & HA-S Headphone Amplifier Demo | NAMM 2020

January 18, 2020
If you can build with Legos, you can build these easy DIY overdrive pedal and headphone amp kits …no soldering required.
Mod Garage: Dig Out-of-Phase Tone? Then Make It Variable!

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.
Mod Garage: Goo Begone!

Mod Garage: Goo Begone!

November 1, 2019
Behold the magic of the homemade electrolysis bath.
Mod Garage: Working with Shielded Coax and Teflon-Insulated Wire

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.
Dial It In: Swapping Tubes

Dial It In: Swapping Tubes

July 23, 2019
Fine-tune your tube amp’s gain structure and headroom by experimenting with preamp and phase-inverter tubes.
Mod Garage: Make a DIY Electrolysis Bath

Mod Garage: Make a DIY Electrolysis Bath

June 28, 2019
Rust begone! You’re no match for this homemade cleaning tool.
12 Things Guitar Techs Need to Know

12 Things Guitar Techs Need to Know

May 14, 2019
Whether you want to tech for a touring band, open a repair shop, or simply maintain your own instruments, there are important things to consider before stepping into the world of 6-string repair.
Mod Garage: Exploring “Outlaw” Pickup Parameters

Mod Garage: Exploring “Outlaw” Pickup Parameters

May 3, 2019
Inductance, resonant peak, and Q factor: What the heck do they mean and how do they affect electric guitar tone?
Dimed & Dangerous: The Joy and Heartbreak of DIY Amp Building, Part 2

Dimed & Dangerous: The Joy and Heartbreak of DIY Amp Building, Part 2

April 26, 2019
Can your amp take the heat—literally?
No-Brainer Mods 2019!

No-Brainer Mods 2019!

April 11, 2019
Three entry-level axes and the DIY projects that turn them into secret weapons for the stage and studio.
Clone Your Clean Amp Tones!

Clone Your Clean Amp Tones!

December 20, 2018
Discover how to create hyper-realistic models of your favorite combos and stacks using impulse-response technology.
Tone Tips: The Powerhouse Pedalboard

Tone Tips: The Powerhouse Pedalboard

November 13, 2018
Our resident tone guru offers sound hardware solutions for your pedalboard, with versatility and ease front of mind.
Tone Tips: Tweak Talk

Tone Tips: Tweak Talk

October 14, 2018
Installing new pickups is, of course, a valid option if you’re not satisfied with a guitar’s tone, but tweaking elsewhere could get you where you want to be and save dollars.
All the World’s a Gain Stage

All the World’s a Gain Stage

July 16, 2018
A beginner’s guide to what makes tube amps growl, bark, and purr—from preamp tubes to output transformers and every cathode in between.