Sunday, November 17, 2019

Guides

All About… Cables

Guitar cables, speaker cables and interconnects are often overlooked in our quest for great tone so what’s on the wire?

All About… Picks

Some guitarists get divorced more often than they change their string brand, and though they are just as integral to how we play and sound, plectrums can be much the same.

40 Ways To Sound Better At Home

We all play at home, but most of us can’t do so with our amps cranked – here are 40 ways to keep it down and still sound great.

DIY Workshop: Marshall 1930 Popular

A rare Marshall combo from the amp giant’s early days is lucky find indeed – but it’s not much good if it doesn’t work.

DIY Workshop: Greco to Les Paul Goldtop conversion (Part Two)

When you’re converting an old Greco guitar into a retro LP-style Goldtop, what better reference point to have than the real thing? We sit down with an original ’54 and get our ruler out…

DIY Workshop: Jazzmaster Bridge & Wiring Upgrades

Most Jazzmaster lovers will concede that the classic stock bridge is something of a bête noire when used with modern strings. We tackle the installation of a Mastery unit and show you how to wire up your controls to keep hum to a minimum.

DIY Workshop: Greco to Les Paul Goldtop conversion (Part One)

Do you wish your guitar had that classic Goldtop look? Huw Price shows you how to turn your tired old single-cut into a ’54-style golden wonder with soapbar P-90s and a wrapover bridge…

DIY ‘Hankcaster’ Conversion

Hank Marvin’s Fiesta Red Stratocaster is still the ultimate electric guitar for so many of us. If you can’t track down – or afford – a signature model, let Haynes Guitar Manual author Paul Balmer show you how you can turn any old red Squier Strat into an affordable ‘Hankenstein’ of your very own…

All about… Torrefaction

The controlled burning of tonewoods may seem like a crazy notion, but some guitar manufacturers are touting it as a major advancement in guitar tone. So is torrefaction for real or simply half-baked?

DIY Workshop: Gretsch Anniversary to 6120 conversion (Part Six)

As he reaches the end of his epic Gretsch conversion project, Huw Price tackles body binding, re-sets the neck, routs pickup holes, stains and sprays before moving on to the final assembly.
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