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GFS Gold Foil Pickups – Custom Strat Wire Diagram

GFS Gold Foil PickupsGFS Gold Foil Pickups – Advanced HSH custom pickguard

GFS Gold Foil Pickups are the pickups powering this Partcaster. I made this beauty almost three years ago using parts from different places.

GFS Gold Foil Pickups

I bought the gold foil pickups on the guitar fetish website. The site is a great alternative to mods guitars cheaply without passing on quality. I think that Artec manufactures most of the electronic on sale at the site. I personally really like Artec pickups that I consider as good as better established brand such as Seymor Duncan and Dimarzio.

GFS Gold Foil Pickups are offered in different shapes. You can get them as humbuckers and single coil pickups. On this custom strat, I decided to make an HSH pickguard featuring my favorite wiring mods as well as an Artec VPS onboard booster.

About the Artec VTC booster

I already reviewed the Artec VTC booster in another Article on this site using the same custom strat. Check about it following this link if you’re… Continue reading

Harley Benton Thinline modified with Guitarfetish P180 pickups

This article is a review of the last guitar I modified, namely, the Harley Benton Telecaster Thinline

I equipped it with P180 pickups purchased on the Guitarfetish website, and I did the standard wiring that I perform on all guitars equipped with Humbucker pickup.

I have added two on-on-on switches to get my favorite modifications which are the ability to select each pickup in series, split, and parallel position.

On the tone control, I added the solo option. It is, of course, a 500k push-pull type of pot. In the mounted position, the solo switch is activated, which bypass potentiometers from the signal and allows the sound of the pickups without any filter.

On the volume potentiometer, I added a half out of phase option. There is a significant difference between the half out of phase and the out of phase setting. Indeed, an out of phase pickup needs to be opposed to an in phase pickup so that it gives a different sound. While with a pickup in half… Continue reading

Modified Electronic on a Harley Benton Custom Line ResoKing

harley-benton-resokingHarley Benton Custom Line ResoKing – Turn a first price resonator into a beast

Harley Benton Custom Line ResoKing. I bought this guitar at Thomann website for the low price of 198€, shipping included.

The guitar in its original version was ok. The action is set low, and the neck plays fast. But the electronic was really poor.

Neck Pickup

The original mini humbucker didn’t sound too good, and it was a two wires pup that I had to modify into a four wires pickup to split coil it.

I already had Belcat mini humbuckers I already changed into 4 wires, so I switched pickups for the best. Belcat is an excellent brand even if yo can get them incredibly cheap compared to superstars established brands like Seymour Duncan or DiMarzio.

Series/parallel switch

I installed a series/parallel switch on the neck volume pot. Every time I work on a humbucker I install a three position toggle switch to have series/split/parallel. When I lack room to had an extra switch, and… Continue reading

Electric Guitar Kit – Les Paul Junior Double Cutaway Kit – Tonerider Rebel 90 pickups & Artec BCU

Les Paul Junior Double Cutaway

Electric Guitar Kit

This article is about my latest build. A Les Paul Junior Double Cutaway Kit featuring two ToneRider Rebel 90 pickups and an Artec BCU.

The BCU is a Band Control Unit onboard frequency booster that I already reviewed on two different guitars in this article. Check it out if you want to have a deeper test of this unit.

The Les Paul Junior Double Cutaway Kit

I bought this kit on AliExpress for the small price of $179, shipping included.

The regular Les Paul Junior Double Cutaway Kit features only one P90 pickup routing, an Adjustable Wraparound Bridge, and a tiny cavity for two potentiometers only. A Volume and a Tone pot.

I knew before ordering that I’d be installing a Stetsbar tremolo that requires a Tune-o-Matic support (4 holes), two humbuckers and a four potentiometer electronic with a 3 position Metric Toggle Switch.

So, before ordering, I contacted the seller to know if he could do those mods for me and at what cost.

About AliExpress… Continue reading

Stratocaster wiring diagram – Two Volume Strat Plus Schematic & Demo – GFS Brighton Rock Pickups

Stratocaster wiring diagram – Brilliant & Unusual Approach to the five positions selector

two volume strat plusStratocaster wiring diagram, the Two Volume Strat Plus Wiring diagram I did on my custom Stratocaster is based on a schematic by John Hewitt.

John Hewitt is a moderator at the great guitarnuts2 board. He delivers many guitar wiring diagrams that are effective. A lot of diagrams you can find on boards are often not working or poorly drawn. Not his.

I modified this diagram to fit my needs, and also because I don’t like certain options he chooses. My approach is not better, only different.

In his original diagram, he opted to do a traditional volume pot wiring and to add treble bleeds on both volumes potentiometers.

Two Volume Strat Plus Schematic

I don’t like regular volume pattern. If you roll down one volume pot completely, the guitar is totally shut down. I prefer the independent volume wiring. It allows dialing a total volume balance between the two volume pots. I mean, if I invest into… Continue reading

Red Special Wiring Schematic Using Only 3 On-On-On Toggle switches – PTB Tone Control & Solo Switch

red special wiringRed Special Wiring Plan – The Best and Easiest Wirework

The Red Special Wiring is a popular pattern. It has been popularized by Brian May on his famous Red Special handmade guitar. I don’t think he invented it, out of phase pickups were famous in the 50s, but he is the first one to have used it massively in rock. Well, at least the first well-known artist.

Is it because of a lack od knowledge or because the On-On-On toggle switch didn’t exist at that time? Whatever the reason was, Brian May used 6 ON-ON slide switch to achieve it. Because of that, today most people doing this wiring are doing it the old way.

The six toggle switch wiring is more complicated to perform, cost more money, require a heavier pickguard modification and is a PITA to run.

The switch needed to assemble the Red Special wiring using only three switches are 3, three positions double pole (DP3T) ON/ON/ON toggle switch.

Also, because I’m a gear geek, I am… Continue reading

Guitar Tone Controls – PTB Control Mod on two Conductor Humbuckers – Out of Phase & Master Series

Guitar Tone Controls PTB Control Mod The best alternative

Guitar Tone Controls - PTB Control ModI made this guitar for a friend of mine. It is a Les Paul guitar type, but with a bolt on neck.

Since I had two BC Ritch humbuckers sporting two conductor wires only, I decided to use them as they are and to test all the possible mods you can do with such pups.

I could have modified them easily into four wire pickups, but doing that requires to wax them back again to avoid microphony issues. I could have wax them too, but since my friend is a drummer, he doesn’t need tons of fancy mods.

The only mods you can do with two conductor humbuckers are:
Out of Phase and master series.

The electronic have two push-pull potentiometers with an independent volume wiring. The two tone pots are the famous PTB Tone Control.

The neck pickup volume sets pickups out of phase, and the bridge volume is a master series.

The two bands EQ is very effective, especially… Continue reading

Guitar Tone Capacitors – Testing Different Values for an EMG SSH Stratocaster Pickguard

Quest for the perfect tone

guitar tone capacitorsGuitar Tone Capacitors is today’s subject. In the video included in this article, I am testing different capacitor values to find the best tone for an EMG Strat pickguard I am building.

I installed this pickguard on the labstrat I made. I modified this guitar heavily to be able to test every possible mod I want. It’s a pain to have to remove the strings or unscrew the neck every time. After a few time, some strings are breaking, or the neck holes screw are getting loose. It’s a waste of time and a loss of money.

This situation forced me to keep guitars that were not fully configured the way I wanted, simply because I did not want to disassemble them an umpteenth time, just to change a switch.

Now with this test guitar, I can swap a pickguard in seconds. I can imagine any weird mod, or stumble on an unusual schematic online and check it right away.

When I work on a… Continue reading