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How to article relating to Effects pedal building, modding, guitar cusomisiation and setup and more.
A quick video to show the cleaning of the hardware. Please check the cleaning fluids here on small pieces of your hardware before you follow these instructions.
See the full 3 part video tutorial on how to setup your guitar from scratch. Please have a look at our tutorial which takes you through the complete guitar setup process. It explains in details how to level your frets, set the truss rod, restring your guitar and set the intonation.
The dents, bumps, holes and scrathces in body of the guitar have been dealt with in the previous section. Now the fillers need to be sanded down and the suface needs to be prepared to accept the spray paint.
The scratch plate and pickguard, as well as loading the electronics was done before the body so that we can measure exactly how big the body cavity needs to be to accommodate the humbucker pickups and wiring.
A look at the guitar electronics and pickup wiring, the scratchplate/pickguard and the installed killswitch.
What we tried to achieve here was a very clean matt headstock. Black decal on white. We wanted the logo to be applied in a way that you can't see how it was applied.
In this video we use the fret rocker to check for frets that might be hight or low and adjust them with a file. we also ase a fret board protector to prevent any damage to the fret board near the frets we are working on.
Over the next months I will be reviving an old westfield guiter (note no caps on westfiled, just doesn't deserver it). This is the first video to introduce the project.
Valve Preamp for guitar amp by using the Behringer MIC200 vacuum tube preamp. The Behringer MIC200 is a vacuum tube pre-amp. It is mainly used for mic pre-amping but due to its versatility it can be used to warm up any signal in need of a preamp.
Amplitube Noise Problem solved without using noisegate
The internet is full of questions and posts in forums asking for help with reducing noise when using Amp sims and modellers like Amplitube3, BIAS, Guitar Rig and Revalver. This article is one solution to help reduce the noise, static noise, hum etc in the sound from your amp sim.
There is no right or wrong order to pedals although many would like to make you believe that. Truth is that it is all about what 'sound' you are after. The suggestions here are to the generally agreed pedal orders on a pedal board for the most typically desired tone and sound results.
In live environments, especially clubs, pubs and other small venues the 'scooped mids' metal tone can be a problem. Scooping the mids may leave your tone thin and disappearing in the mix.
A while ago I customised my old Fender Strat copy to a HH configuration. I got myself the Wilkinson Zebra humbuckers which I must add are absolutely brilliant. The wires on the Wilkinson were different colours though so the wiring gave me a headache. I got this sorted and decided to share this diagram as Wilkinson pickups are regularly purchased and I am guessing many people might have the same question I did.