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!

Make Your Overdubs FEEL Like Live Tracks

By edison

When recording a part solo, play like the band and crowd are there. If you find yourself laying a track on your own, just before laying the track, get someone to play drums or set up some loudspeakers to rehearse the part against the other elements of the band at the volume levels [...]

Use Your Phone Cam!

By edison

Use a camera for recall Every phone is a camera these days. When recording, once I’ve got the sound I want, I’ll take photos of the guitar controls, the amp settings, the mic position – both from the side to see distance from cab and from behind the mic to see it’s orientation [...]

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 [...]

Balancing Clean and Overdriven Levels

By Andy Bassford

I’ve always found it a challenge to balance preset clean and overdriven lead sounds, especially in a festival or multi-act setting where setup time is limited. What seems to work for me is to play clean six string chords at roughly the volume I’m going to play and get a tone I [...]

Managing Your Onstage Volume

By Rat

Always begin your gig with a low volume setting, and never go too loud. How do you know that you’ve gone too loud? Well, if you feel that you’ve won the loudness battle against the bassist and the keyboardist, you’re too loud. During your soundcheck take a long cable and get off the [...]

Avoid the Tab

By Andreas

Learn songs by ear not by tabs.

Think Melodically

By Andreas

Think of a melody in your head when you are improvising solos.

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. http://www.guitarnuts.com/wiring/mikerichardson.php