April 2020

Mod Garage

Love to hot-rod your guitar? Let Dirk Wacker show you how to do it right. In his Mod Garage blog, he explores cool projects , shares wiring diagrams, and even manages to weave some historical perspective into the technical details.

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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.
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Rock the 5-Tone Tele

January 31, 2020
Here’s how you can squeeze five different sounds from Fender’s iconic 6-string.
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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.
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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.
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Mod Garage: Goo Begone!

November 1, 2019
Behold the magic of the homemade electrolysis bath.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Mod Garage: Make a DIY Electrolysis Bath

June 28, 2019
Rust begone! You’re no match for this homemade cleaning tool.
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Mod Garage: The Blender 7-Sound Stratocaster

May 31, 2019
A virtually infinite palette of Strat tones at your fingertips? You bet.
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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?
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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Mod Garage: Ultra-Flexible HH Wiring

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

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