Wednesday, October 16, 2019

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All About… Stratocaster Pickups

Despite their relatively simple design, Fender’s original Stratocaster pickups are still revered for their ‘vintage’ sonic properties. We explore their timeless magnetic attraction for guitar players.

Six Of The Best: Function Band Essentials

Whether you’re doing it for a giggle or looking to set up a second income, if you’re a guitarist in a function band, you need to take care of the essentials…

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

Our Gretsch conversion project gathers pace as Huw Price separates the fretboard from the neck, strips the headstock veneer and readies the body for the next step.

DIY Workshop: How to build your own attenuator

Why the ‘Elevenator’? Because this is the attenuator that goes down to 11. Huw Price shows you how to build a simple passive attenuator with impedance switching and treble response adjustment, all for less than £40.

All About… Playing with PAFs

When it comes to PAF tone, myths and hype abound. Huw Price examines the design and development of this revered pickup from guitar’s golden era, and tells us what it’s really like to play them…
PAF humbucker gibson les paul

Four best PAF pickups

If you're after accurately vintage-spec'ed PAFs, check out our picks of the best examples out there.

All About… P-90s

Vintage PAF humbuckers may get all the plaudits, but many tone experts consider the P-90 to be Gibson’s greatest ever pickup. 
P-90 es-335 gibson

Four best P-90 pickups

Introducing a quartet of P-90 pickups that are faithful to vintage specs.

Six Of The Best – Home Recording Essentials

The home recording revolution has made it possible to get pro-level results on a shoestring budget. Here are some great options to get you started…

All About… Telecaster 
Neck Pickups

Compared to hallowed Stratocaster units, Tele neck pickups are often maligned, but if yours doesn’t cut it there are plenty of mods and upgrade options on the market.
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