Thicker Picks (and Floss More Often)

Thicker picks preserve more of your guitar’s tone. Everyone prefers a different ‘amount’ of tone, but a thicker pick will often yield a fuller tone. Before you try to mod your guitar or apply too many effects, play with your guitar’s effects. More effects does not equal a better sound. Think flossing is lame? Flossing [...]

OWN Your Music!

By Rod C. Venger

OWN Your Music…and teach yourself how to learn what you need to play. Too many people are afraid to fail. Their bends don’t sound right because they haven’t practiced enough to acquire muscle memory and their ears have not become attuned to the pitch changes. Their barre chords buzz, the riffs [...]

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.

Fingers, Passion & Volume

By joschi

My first secret are my fingers…you know sound is feeling, passion. The second secret is to play like there is no tomorrow – don´t be shy…play like you’re born with a guitar in your hand… don’t think to much, let it happen. my third and most important secret is the volume. there is [...]

Simple Songs are Good Too

By Silas Stokes

Just because a song modulates, borrows chords and changes time signature doesnt make it a good song.

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.

The Whammy Bar Reach-Around!

By Jim Williamson

(File under EBow abuse. Requires a guitar with a whammy bar.)

Hold E-bow in right hand, per usual. Begin to sustain any open string. With left hand, reach under neck and across the guitar body, grab that whammy bar and go! It helps if your signal is routed through some delay, and [...]

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 [...]