We're constantly on the hunt for tone upgrades here in Andy's Corner-- and we've always said that changing your pickups is one of the easiest ways to change your tone for the better. Replacing pickups is easier than you think-- today we're going to take a quick look at what's involved in the process of replacing pickups in a Strat that has standard/conventional strat wiring. If you're a badass at electronics, then this is way beneath you-- but if you're nerd-curious and want to start doing some of your own work on your own guitars, read on. Disclaimer: We’re operating under the assumption that if you’re going to
by Ian Garrett The Amp: Fender Humboldt Hot Rod v2 The Point: EL 84 based tube amp The Damage: $529 Find the Humboldt Hot Rod on Proguitarshop.com Chances are that if you play electric guitar and take your craft seriously, you probably use a tube amp. That’s not to say there aren’t other good alternatives— there are. But a good tube amp, despite being an old-school technology, continues to be a must-have for most guitarists. The good news is there are tons of choices available these days. So what makes one amp better than another? Actually, it’s not often which is
Though Andy is the unofficial "face" of PGS, as you can imagine our little crew is full of characters. One such character is our own Dan Black, resident hellraiser and accidental guitar collector. Dan has worked in the guitar industry for most of his life and as a youngster working at Hoffman Music in Spokane, he's had a slate of amazing guitars cross his path. Sometimes a guitar crosses your path and keeps going, continuing on its journey into someone else's hands--but sometimes a guitar jumps in your hands and she (or he!) never leaves. This week in the Corner, we're showing off Dan's gorgeous 1956 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop. Says Dan: "In the 80s, this
A Look Under the Hood of the PGS Video Production Facility! Said in all modesty, if I had a dollar for every time one of our amazing customers had a comment or question involving our own PGS Andy – well, I could probably afford that new guitar I’ve been lusting after. Most common are questions about how to sound like Andy—and while you’ll never quite sound like him (the dude is one of a kind, after all), we’re going to let you in on his recording setup for his videos so that you know the gear that he trusts to capture his tone. Let’s start in the booth!
The great thing about surviving a discussion about overrated guitarists (maybe the ONLY great thing about having that discussion, actually) is that you inevitably get to swing over to talking about underrated guitarists. And there’s one completely terrible thing about discussing underrated guitarists: THERE'S AN ENDLESS NUMBER OF THEM. Here at PGS, each of us could name twenty or thirty players that we all feel don’t get proper recognition. Unfortunately for those players, only one of us is writing this, so I get to play favorites here. These picks are mine and mine alone and do not represent the views of PGS as a whole or even as a half. We
We’ve been on the hunt for simple but effective wiring mods for our favorite guitars. Having already covered Teles then Strats—must be time to turn our attention to the mighty Les Paul! Thankfully, there’s a mod for the LP that is even simpler than the last two we’ve covered, so get out your Lester (or similar dual-humbucker guitar) and get ready to make it come alive! photo credit: MikeSlub @ LesPaulForum.com The ’59 Les Paul is one of the most iconic guitars in history. Everyone seems to be chasing that magical tone from ’59, featuring the original PAF humbuckers. Plenty of pickup manufacturers produce PAF reproductions with spec-correct winding and magnets
Last week we looked at a few ways to tweak your Tele, including a cool 4-way switch mod. This week we’re looking at the mighty Stratocaster, whose 3 single coil pickups allow for a myriad of switching/wiring options. Though a Strat already has a huge variety of tones available right out of the box (er, case?!)—with one simple tweak, you can greatly expand what your Strat is capable of sonically. 99% of you probably know this, but let’s quickly just address what is going on under the hood in your garden variety Stratocaster. The Strat was initially designed to use a 3-way switch that simply selected one of the three pickups at a
Penicillin. Teflon. Corn flakes. Coca Cola. Distortion. Some of our favorite things were discovered completely by accident. The origins of overdrive aren’t documented as well as, say, the discovery and development of pasteurization – but several accidents and simple technological limitations gave rise to the ubiquitous dirty tones we all know, love, and employ today. Dirt has become an essential part of modern music--it is arguably the most popular sonic effect in the world. But it wasn’t by design. The first instrument amplifiers of the 30s were somewhat lo-fi – they had simple tone circuitry and were very low wattage. When players tried to coax more volume out of these