December 2020

Guitar & Bass Mods

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Does a Solidbody Bass' Unplugged Tone Matter?

Does a Solidbody Bass' Unplugged Tone Matter?

December 4, 2020
The old adage says not to judge a book by its cover—so why do we do it so much with instruments?
The COVID Files: Inside the Mod Garage Shop During Lockdown

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.
The Earth Isn’t Flat, and Neither Is Your Fretboard

The Earth Isn’t Flat, and Neither Is Your Fretboard

November 26, 2020
How—and why—acoustic guitar builders create predictable, controllably stable necks.
DIY Relic’ing Tuners, Part 2

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.
Truss-Rod Care & Guitar-Neck Health

Truss-Rod Care & Guitar-Neck Health

October 1, 2020
The body is all-important, but we can’t discount the importance of the neck, too.
How to Get the Most out of Hum-Sing-Hum Wiring

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.
DIY: Relic’ing Tuners, Part 1

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.
The Fascinating Peavey T-60 Tone Circuit

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.
DIY: How to String an Acoustic Guitar

DIY: How to String an Acoustic Guitar

June 8, 2020
Got a steel-string flattop? This quick video demos the easiest, smartest, fastest way to keep ’em fresh!
Automatic Tuners for the Basses

Automatic Tuners for the Basses

June 5, 2020
Keeping the low-end’s high-tech on the down-low.
DIY Relic’ing: Break the Shine

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.
DIY: How to String a Floyd Rose

DIY: How to String a Floyd Rose

May 15, 2020
Metal's most famous whammy system takes a few extra steps to get ready for action, but this short demo makes it a cinch.
Decoding Jerry Donahue’s 5-Way Telecaster Wiring

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.
No-Brainer Mods 2020

No-Brainer Mods 2020

April 14, 2020
Three bold projects for DIY-ers tired of the tame.
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.
ESP Guitars Factory Tour

ESP Guitars Factory Tour

March 30, 2020
PG’s Perry Bean takes you behind the scenes to witness the care and passion put into the Tokyo outfit’s custom and production axes alike.
How to Install and Maintain Your Guitar's Pots

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.
Why Low-Impedance Pickups Could Benefit Your Bass Tone

Why Low-Impedance Pickups Could Benefit Your Bass Tone

March 13, 2020
Les Paul invented "low-z" pickups for clarity, but they can also extend the sonic range for low-enders.
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.
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.