Add a Resistor for Clarity

By Lespaul20155

Want to cut treble but not let the low end/mid range become more present like modern wiring allows? Put a resistor inline with your capacitor for softer, less muddy tone!

Use Cheap Copper Shielding

By edison

“Name brand” copper shielding tape sold for guitars can run $10-30 for a mere 2 feet of tape. But if you go to your local hardware store, for $10 you can get 10-20 feet of copper tape (intended for repelling garden snails) which will do the same job just fine.

Use a Multimeter

By edison

Get a cheapo test meter (and use it) If you are wiring your own guitar, get a cheapo test meter that can test resistance, capacitance and at the minimum can test continuity of a circuit. If you have properly shielded and grounded your instrument, you should be able to put one probe on [...]

My Strat Wiring Idea

By Mike R.

Here’s a link to a Strat wiring idea I came up with a few years back. It looks stock, but provides 10 different tones. See what you think.

Don’t Recycle Electronics — Reuse Them!

By Chuckles

Well my family recently bought a new tv and replaced our old one, an old tube powered fossil. Since I am curious I figured I’d pop it open to take a look inside. Boy did I find some good stuff…Because the tv was so old everything wasn’t all condensed and tidy so I [...]

Changing Pickup Magnets

By Mac

Changing magnet(s) in a pickup will change the tone the drastically. Which transforms the overall sound for better (or worse). For vintage pickups, when A2 is too warm and A5 is too bright and ceramic is too hot, there are myriads of other magnets available out there, including A3, A4, A8 and Un-oriented [...]

Mold Your Mids with Caps and Inductors

Mike R.

Connecting a cap and inductor in series gives you a mid cut (like a Varitone). Connecting them in parallel cuts highs and lows, leaving a mid peak. You’ll need to dick around with the values to find what works best for you.

Battery Placement for Active-Circuit Strats

By Jerry Dunaway

Regarding placement of the 9V battery, I have two strats that my guitar tech modded for me, both with active controls. I rarely use my tremolo, but even when I do I have found that two of the five springs are sufficient for me. If anyone else finds that to be the [...]

The REAL Strat Quack


Real strat quack in positions 2 and 4 requires a regular wound middle pickup. No reverse wound, reverse phase middle. It becomes a parallel humbucker w/ a rw/rp middle pickup. Fender started doing this 80′s to cancel some hum, but they consequently lost that classic sound in doing this. Perfect example of 2 [...]

Avoid Feedback with Foam

By Dave C

Placing a piece of foam/sponge behind pick ups helps reduce vibration in pups that can lead to unwanted feedback, especially at higher volumes.