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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.
Mod Garage: Goo Begone!

Mod Garage: Goo Begone!

November 1, 2019
Behold the magic of the homemade electrolysis bath.
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.
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.
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?
Mod Garage: “Jimmy Page” Les Paul Wiring

Mod Garage: “Jimmy Page” Les Paul Wiring

March 29, 2019
With 21 switchable sounds, this mod can turn a LP-style guitar into a veritable tone monster.
Mod Garage: The Pros and Cons of Plastic-Coated Wire

Mod Garage: The Pros and Cons of Plastic-Coated Wire

February 22, 2019
It’s the most common type of wire found in modern production electrics. But how much do you actually know about it?
Mod Garage: Deep Diving into Treble-Bleed Networks

Mod Garage: Deep Diving into Treble-Bleed Networks

January 22, 2019
Does it bug you to lose treble when you roll back the guitar volume? Here are three solutions to that problem.
Mod Garage: Working with Wire

Mod Garage: Working with Wire

December 28, 2018
What are the best tools and practices for wiring a guitar? And what’s up with “push-back” wire? Glad you asked.
Mod Garage: How to Shield Humbucking Pickup Covers

Mod Garage: How to Shield Humbucking Pickup Covers

November 30, 2018
Metal covers offer shielding, but they also rob high end. Is there a way to get around this and have the best of both worlds?
Mod Garage: The Sound of Silence—Revised and Expanded

Mod Garage: The Sound of Silence—Revised and Expanded

November 2, 2018
We’ll show you how to get 15 switchable sounds from a pair of 4-conductor humbuckers, courtesy of an avid PG reader.
Mod Garage: Swap That Tone Knob for a Warmth Control

Mod Garage: Swap That Tone Knob for a Warmth Control

October 5, 2018
Here are five inexpensive ways to bring your passive tone control to life.
Mod Garage: Ultra-Flexible HH Wiring

Mod Garage: Ultra-Flexible HH Wiring

July 27, 2018
Crave more sounds from your dual-humbucker guitar? Here’s how to make that happen.
Mod Garage: Fighting Fret Wear

Mod Garage: Fighting Fret Wear

June 22, 2018
What does a vintage barber shop have in common with advanced fret maintenance?