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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

Tony Iommi Pickups Magnum 4 and hyperflux 5 & Guitar Roller Nut – Les Paul Junior Double Cutaway Kit Update

John Birch PickupsTony Iommi Pickups by John Birch – Amazing Upgrade

Tony Iommi Pickups were one of the few pickup’s types missing to my arsenal of guitars. If you remember my previous article about my last build, I had installed Tonerider Rebel 90 pickups on it.

Everything was fine, and the beauty just sounded perfect. The only problem was, my SG equipped with neodymium Entwistle pickups have the same sound when set to split mode. Considering the SG has a Gibson scale and sports the same tremolo, it was a duplicate.

Why upgrading a brand new built?

Even if I look like a crazy shopaholic guitar collector, I’m not. I know I have way too many guitars, but still, each and every one of them is unique and sounds different from the other 19. I spend my time trying new mods on my test strat to make them as different as possible. I had probably rebuilt each of them 3 or 4 times already.

The Les Paul Junior Double Cutaway Kit was,… 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

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