|Trade Secrets!Issue 199 September 12, 2013|
1966 Telecaster pickup torn down and rewound
Erick Coleman has a 50-year-old pickup that's nearly dead: It's making a little bit of sound, but not much. Erick opens it up to find the trouble, and we get a good view of the guts of this vintage Fender pickup before he rewinds it.
|Product Instructions I-2000|
3-way CRL Lever Switch
Installation and wiring diagrams for the 3-way CRL Lever Switch.
|Product Instructions I-2001|
5-way CRL Lever Switch
Installation and wiring instructions for the 5-way CRL Lever Switch.
|Trade Secrets!Issue 126 November 11, 2010|
An emergency pickup transplant for Skeletonwitch
Erick Coleman gets an urgent call on a Friday night: the Heavy Metal band Skeletonwitch needs some custom pickup work in time to head to Ozzfest in 24 hours!
|Product Instructions I-4137|
Blend Pot Wiring
An explanation of various wiring options with a blend pot.
|Trade Secrets!Issue 175 October 11, 2012|
Fixing (and breaking!) a 1957 Gibson P-90 pickup
After 55 years, the original owner sells a 1957 Gibson Les Paul Junior because the pickup's dead. Erick Coleman tells the story of bringing that pickup back to life.
|Product Instructions I-5414|
Golden Age P-90s
Wiring diagrams and color codes for Golden Age P-90 pickups.
|Trade Secrets!Issue 182 January 17, 2013|
Good tone from 0-10: easy clip-on mod
Trade Secrets On The Road: Dan Erlewine visits the repair shop at Herb David Guitar Studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He brings back this great, simple tone tip from repairman Brian Delaney.
|Product Instructions I-3789|
An overview of guitar shielding with the Self-Adhesive Shielding Kit, including a list of required tools.
|Trade Secrets!Issue 190 May 09, 2013|
How to let your ears find the best tone cap for your guitar
Ever wonder whether a different capacitor would affect your tone? It's between you and your own ears, nobody else can tell you what you hear. Erick Coleman's got a simple way to prove to yourself which cap is the choice for you.
|Trade Secrets!Issue 100 November 12, 2009|
It's a crime to cut pickup leads this short!
Erick Coleman has been rooting around in the parts drawers at Dan Erlewine's shop, and he's found a 1960s Gibson patent-sticker humbucker. It would be valuable if somebody hadn't cut off the pickup lead. Erick shows how to fix that.
|Trade Secrets!Issue 208 January 16, 2014|
Lindy Fralin on how to set pickup height
Lindy Fralin, of Lindy Fralin Pickups, shows how he sets pickup heights. Lindy shows it's not about measuring, it's about listening.
Recorded at last summer's Northwoods Seminar in Michigan.
|Product Instructions I-1217|
Metric 3-way Toggle Switch
Installation and wiring instructions for the 3-way Toggle Switch, including diagrams for Les Paul, SG, Jimmy Page Les Paul, and other 2-pickup guitars.
|Trade Secrets!Issue 32 May 31, 2007|
One dead string driving me crazy! (Transducer trouble...)
I thought I'd fixed this acoustic saddle pickup, but the customer sent it back because the problem wasn't solved (STRIKE ONE)! I took another swing at it... (STRIKE TWO)! I almost struck out! -Dan Erlewine
|Product Instructions I-3530|
Installation and wiring instructions for the P-Model Megaswitch.
|Trade Secrets!Issue 58 April 03, 2008|
Save time and money with Dan's pickup wiring tips
Dan Erlewine's upgrading an inexpensive guitar with replacement pickups. The job's got to be done quickly at a low price, so he demonstrates some time-saving tips.
|Product Instructions W101-SOLDERING|
The do's and don'ts of soldering.
|Product Instructions I-3200|
Installation and wiring instructions for the Super Switch.
|Product Instructions I-3200_2|
Pickup manufacturers - specs and color codes
|Trade Secrets!Issue 229 November 06, 2014|
Swapping pickup covers on a rare lefty Lucille
Making new pickups look old: Brand new pickups looked too shiny in this guitar that had seen a lot of gigs. So Dan Erlewine opened the old pickup and put its cover on the new one. This meant cutting the solder joint and resoldering.
|Trade Secrets!Issue 191 May 23, 2013|
The King of Dieselbilly Talks Tele!
Titan of the Tele: Bill Kirchen explains why he flips his control plate backwards, and shows how he got the famous sounds he recorded on Hot Rod Lincoln.
|Product Instructions I-4000|
Understanding Guitar Wiring
An introduction to guitar wiring, including how different components work and how they work together.
|Trade Secrets!Issue 255 January 28, 2016|
Upgrading control pots: choosing the right pots and knobs
Lots of low-cost guitars play great, even though the manufacturers cut costs on hardware and electronics. Swapping out your control pots is an easy mod with big results. Erick Coleman shows you how to avoid trouble…
|Trade Secrets!Issue 18 February 22, 2007|
Upgrading the electronics in a "Less Paul"
Erick Coleman answers tech questions from StewMac customers, and here he answers a popular one: How do I soup-up this low-priced guitar?
|Trade Secrets!Issue 15 February 01, 2007|
Using candle wax to keep a vintage P-90 working
This week in Trade Secrets, Dan runs into pickup trouble and turns to Lindy Fralin for help. The simplest possible solution keeps a P-90 pickup from 1957 from falling apart.
|Product Instructions A-LINDYFRALIN|
Wax potting pickups
Custom pickup builder Lindy Fralin explains the reasoning behind and guidelines to wax potting pickups.
|Product Instructions W101-CONTROLPOTS|
Which control pot to choose
An explanation of the different control potentiometers (pots) and when they are typically used.
|Trade Secrets!Issue 160 March 15, 2012|
Wiring a humbucker to get two sounds
Erick Coleman shows how he modified a Parsons Street Humbucker, turning it into a switchable single-coil/humbucker combination.