Out of Phase
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
Artec Electronics Onboard Equalizer and Booster
Artec Electronic offers a great alternative to customize a guitar for a low price with high-quality components. The only hassle is to find or create a place to put the battery. Most of the passive electric guitars do not have such free spot, and on a Stratocaster type of instrument, it can be a PITA.
I have built this guitar using a kit from Aliexpress. I paid it 161$ shipping included. It’s a 24 frets hollow-body guitar that looks like a sort of PRS. I don’t know what the model of that guitar is. Normally, with kits, it’s always a copy of a known instrument such as; SG, Telecaster, Les Paul, etc…
This one I have no clue… But it’s a fantastic kit.
As I say in the video, I changed the hardware completely. I only kept the tuners, selector and jack plate. Everything else is new. The hardware included in any kit is first price quality.
If you only build a kit using… Continue reading
Tony Iommi Pickups Magnum 4 and hyperflux 5 & Guitar Roller Nut – Les Paul Junior Double Cutaway Kit Update
Tony 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 – Brilliant & Unusual Approach to the five positions selector
Stratocaster 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 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 The best alternative
I 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