April 2020

Guitar & Bass Mods

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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.
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.
Meet the Mother of All Shielded Cable

Meet the Mother of All Shielded Cable

December 27, 2019
Working with vintage-style wire that has an exposed, braided-metal shield takes skill and patience. But you can do it—we’ll show you how.
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.
Bass Bench: From Friction Peg to Machine Head

Bass Bench: From Friction Peg to Machine Head

November 8, 2019
Exploring the evolution of tuning machines, breaking down the importance of weight, placement, and gear ratios.
Mod Garage: Goo Begone!

Mod Garage: Goo Begone!

November 1, 2019
Behold the magic of the homemade electrolysis bath.
Bass Bench: Give Me a Break!

Bass Bench: Give Me a Break!

October 11, 2019
How the angle of your strings between nut and tuner affects tuning stability, tone, and playability.
Mod Garage: Inside Yamaha’s Dry Switch

Mod Garage: Inside Yamaha’s Dry Switch

October 4, 2019
Passive bass-cut switches have been around since the late ’50s—maybe even longer. Here’s a new twist on a classic theme.
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.
Mod Garage: Three Ways to Wire a Tone Pot

Mod Garage: Three Ways to Wire a Tone Pot

August 2, 2019
How you connect the tone cap and potentiometer to the volume control has a huge effect on your sound.
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.
Play It Smart! Must-Know Seasonal Care for Acoustics

Play It Smart! Must-Know Seasonal Care for Acoustics

June 11, 2019
Keep your guitar sounding great and in peak playing condition with these simple—and essential—tips for combating environmental threats.
Mod Garage: The Blender 7-Sound Stratocaster

Mod Garage: The Blender 7-Sound Stratocaster

May 31, 2019
A virtually infinite palette of Strat tones at your fingertips? You bet.
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?
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.