Product Instructions I-5400
Golden Age Humbucker Wiring Diagrams
Wiring diagrams and color codes for Golden Age Humbucking pickups.
Product Instructions I-2000
3-way CRL Lever Switch
Installation and wiring diagrams for the 3-way CRL Lever Switch.
Product Instructions I-5967
Single-coil Pickup Kits
Assembly instructions for the single-coil pickup kit.
Product Instructions I-5408
Golden Age Parsons Street Humbucker
Wiring diagrams and color codes for Golden Age Parsons Street Humbucking pickups.
Product Instructions I-2002
Oak Grigsby 4-way 2-pole Lever Switch Instructions
Installation and wiring diagram for the Oak Grigsby 4-Way 2-pole Lever Switch.
Product Instructions I-2001
5-way CRL Lever Switch
Installation and wiring instructions for the 5-way CRL Lever Switch.
Product Instructions I-5410
Golden Age Pickups for Tele Instructions
Wiring diagrams and color codes for Golden Age Tele pickups.
Product Instructions I-5422
Golden Age Single-coil Pickups
Wiring diagrams and color codes for Golden Age Single-coil pickups.
Product Instructions I-3200
Super Switch
Installation and wiring instructions for the Super Switch.
Product Instructions I-5961
Humbucker Pickup Kit
Assembly instructions for the humbucker pickup kit.
Product Instructions I-5414
Golden Age P-90s
Wiring diagrams and color codes for Golden Age P-90 pickups.
Product Instructions I-1931
Golden Age Pre-wired Harness for Telecaster Instructions
Installation and wiring diagram.
Product Instructions I-1933
Golden Age Pre-wired Harness for Les Paul
Installation and wiring diagram.
Product Instructions I-3484
E-Model Megaswitch
Installation and wiring instructions for the E-Model Megaswitch.
Product Instructions I-1930
Golden Age Pre-wired Harness for Stratocaster Instructions
Installation and wiring diagram.
Product Instructions I-5412
Golden Age Bass Pickups
Wiring diagrams and color codes for Golden Age bass pickups.
Product Instructions I-0139
Wiring Kit for P-Bass
Wiring diagrams for a Precision Bass.
Product Instructions I-5976
Eyelet Setting Tool and Bit Instructions
How to use the Eyelet Setting Tool and Bit set to install eyelets in flatwork.
Product Instructions I-1935
Golden Age Pre-wired Harness for Gibson SG
Installation and wiring diagram.
Product Instructions I-1800
Wiring Kit for LP & SG Juniors
A basic wiring diagram for use with the LP& SG Junior wiring kit.
Product Instructions I-1932
Golden Age Pre-wired Harness for Telecaster with 4-way Switch
Installation and wiring diagram.
Product Instructions I-3528
S-Model Megaswitch
Installation and wiring instructions for the S-Model Megaswitch.
Product Instructions I-0032
Wiring for Jazz Bass
Wiring diagram for a Jazz bass.
Product Instructions I-1936
Golden Age Pre-wired Harness for P Bass
Installation and wiring diagram.
Product Instructions I-1217
Metric 3-way Toggle Switch
Installation and wiring instructions for the 3-way Toggle Switch.
Product Instructions I-1228
Right-angle Toggle Switch for 3-Pickup Guitars
A lug map of the Right-angle Toggle Switch for 3-Pickup Guitars.
Product Instructions I-3789
Guitar Shielding
An overview of guitar shielding with the Self-Adhesive Shielding Kit, including a list of required tools.
Product Instructions I-0207
Wiring Kit for Paul Reed Smith
Wiring diagram for a guitar with Paul Reed Smith (PRS)-style electronics.
Product Instructions I-3530
P-Model Megaswitch
Installation and wiring instructions for the P-Model Megaswitch.
Product Instructions I-1240
Switchcraft 3-way Toggle Switch
Installation and wiring instructions for the 3-way Toggle Switch.
Product Instructions I-3576
Battery Box for Solidbody
Installation instructions for the solidbody only battery box.
Product Instructions I-5127
Schatten Magnet Polarity Tester
Jim Rolph explains the importance and use of the Schatten Magnet Polarity Tester.
Product Instructions I-3529
T-Model Megaswitch Instructions
Installation and wiring instructions for the T-Model Megaswitch.
Product Instructions I-3578
Battery Box for Acoustic or Solidbody
Installation instructions for the acoustic or solidbody battery box.
Product Instructions I-0143
Wiring Kit for Flametop
Wiring diagram for an S/S/H Flametop.
Product Instructions I-1611
3PDT Stomp Switch Instructions
How to install the 3PDT Stomp Switch as a true bypass in old and new effects pedals.
Product Instructions I-5426
Golden Age Lipstick Humbucking Pickup Instructions
Wiring diagrams and color codes
Product Instructions I-5427
Golden Age Lipstick Single-coil Pickup Instructions
Wiring diagrams
Product Instructions I-0072
Free-way Ultra Switch Instructions
Wiring diagrams

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Free-Way Switch
Explore the possibilities of a 6-position toggle switch. Coil tap, 3-pickups, piezo activation... you decide!
Product Instructions I-1937
Golden Age Pre-wired Harness for J-Bass
Installation and wiring diagram.
Trade Secrets! Newsletter 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.
Trade Secrets! Newsletter Issue 199 September 12, 2013
1966 Telecaster pickup torn down and rewound
Erick Coleman has a 47-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.
Trade Secrets! Newsletter 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.
Trade Secrets! Newsletter 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! Newsletter Issue 186 March 14, 2013
How to get a good clean solder joint!
The three basics to keep in mind if you want your work to be as good or better than the guitar's original wiring. -- Erick Coleman
Trade Secrets! Newsletter 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.
Trade Secrets! Newsletter 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.
Trade Secrets! Newsletter Issue 172 August 30, 2012
A curious fact: why the 1970s Musicmaster Bass had such a thin sound
Erick Coleman opens up a 1973 Fender Musicmaster Bass and is surprised by what he finds!
Trade Secrets! Newsletter Issue 168 July 05, 2012
None of your beeswax? Potting pickups with paraffin.
Erick Coleman answers a frequently-asked question: how (and why) to wax-pot a pickup.
Upgrading an inexpensive semi-hollowbody with P-90 sound Trade Secrets! Newsletter Issue 166 June 07, 2012
Upgrading an inexpensive semi-hollowbody with P-90 sound
Erick Coleman installs P-90 soapbar pickups into the dogear pickup frames on an Epiphone Casino. It's an easy upgrade that makes a big difference.
Trade Secrets! Newsletter Issue 162 April 12, 2012
"I wired this guitar, but it didn't work. Can you fix it?"
Is it a good idea when a repair shop recommends that a customer try some do-it-yourself wiring? Erick Coleman's customer rewired a Les Paul, but ran into trouble. Now Erick's re-rewiring...
Trade Secrets! Newsletter 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.
Trade Secrets! Newsletter Issue 154 December 22, 2011
Electronics cleanup in a beautiful '58 Gibson: "Little Lefty"
Inside a "miniature Les Paul case," Dan Erlewine finds a beautiful 1958 Gibson in 3/4 size. Cleaning the electronics gets it playing again. PLUS: Dan shows his shop-made "Guitar Testing Gizmo"
Trade Secrets! Newsletter Issue 153 December 08, 2011
Coil-cuts: how to hop up your humbuckers
Erick Coleman shows tricks you can do with those four colored wires coming from your humbucker pickups.
Trade Secrets! Newsletter Issue 150 October 13, 2011
Fixing dirty, scratchy control pots on a Supro lap steel
Dan Erlewine's fixing nasty-sounding control pots on a great-looking Supro lap steel from 1960.
Product Instructions I-LUGMAP
Lug maps for lever switches
Key to lug positions of popular 5-way switches.
Trade Secrets! Newsletter Issue 134 March 03, 2011
Build this bypass pedal to turn your stompboxes OFF!
Erick Coleman's got a simple wiring project that most guitarists need: a true bypass stomp switch to take your effects pedals in/out of your signal chain.
Trade Secrets! Newsletter Issue 133 February 17, 2011
Moneytalk: Quickly installing an acoustic pickup
In our Money Talk series about operating a repair business, Dan Erlewine tallies up the time and expenses of a profitable pickup installation job.
Trade Secrets! Newsletter 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-5980
P-90 Pickup Kit with Vintage-style Bobbin
Assembly instructions for the P-90 pickup kit with vintage-style bobbin.
Product Instructions I-5981
P-90 Pickup Kit with Modern-style Bobbin
Assembly instructions for the P-90 pickup kit with modern-style bobbin.
Simple guitar wiring: DIY mods to expand your guitar's tone Trade Secrets! Newsletter Issue 112 April 29, 2010
Simple guitar wiring: DIY mods to expand your guitar's tone
Erick Coleman shares some tips for modifying your guitar wiring: easy mods that give you a new tonal range.
Product Instructions I-5978
Parts Kit for Jazz Bass Pickups
Assembly instructions for the Jazz bass pickup kit.
Product Instructions I-5979
Parts Kit for Precision Bass Pickups
Assembly instructions for the Precision bass pickup kit.
Trade Secrets! Newsletter 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! Newsletter Issue 94 August 20, 2009
Fishing a volume control out of a semi-hollowbody for soldering.
Erick Coleman's got a guitar with one dead pickup and a volume control that spins around when you turn the knob. That's trouble. And it's inside a semi-hollowbody guitar -- that's double trouble!
Trade Secrets! Newsletter Issue 89 June 11, 2009
Day of the Zombie: curing an undead Telecaster pickup
The multimeter tells Erick Coleman that this pickup is dead, but nobody told the pickup: it's still playing!
Trade Secrets! Newsletter Issue 79 January 22, 2009
This eBay pickup's a bargain, if you do a bobbin transplant
Erick Coleman's used pickup sounds great, but a broken baseplate makes it useless unless this bobbin transplant works.
Trade Secrets! Newsletter Issue 73 October 30, 2008
How to choose the right pickup for your acoustic guitar
Erick Coleman clears up the confusion about acoustic pickups: separating them into different types and helping you figure out what's what.
Trade Secrets! Newsletter Issue 69 September 04, 2008
How to open a humbucker and reverse the polarity
Erick answers a customer question about reversing a humbucker's pickups, and finds that the hardest part is getting the cover off the pickup!
Trade Secrets! Newsletter 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.
Trade Secrets! Newsletter Issue 57 March 20, 2008
Fixing an acoustic pickup fast &emdash; it has to be onstage in an hour!
Dan Erlewine does some emergency surgery on an undersaddle transducer in time for it to make it on stage with Emmylou Harris.
Trade Secrets! Newsletter Issue 52 January 10, 2008
Single-coil buzzkill: the why and how of electric guitar shielding.
Erick Coleman talks about the causes of buzzes and electrical noise, and how to beat them.
One dead string driving me crazy! (Transducer trouble...) Trade Secrets! Newsletter 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
Upgrading the electronics in a "Less Paul" Trade Secrets! Newsletter 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! Newsletter 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.
Trade Secrets! Newsletter Issue 7 December 07, 2006
Acoustic guitar pickups: installation problems to avoid
In this week's newsletter, bad sound from a good acoustic guitar pickup: the problem and the solution.
Trade Secrets! Newsletter Issue 4 November 16, 2006
Two ways to fix a Telecaster's wobbly input jack
If you play a Telecaster, you've probably experienced a loose input jack. This weeks issue offers two solutions.
Product Instructions I-3191
3-way Lever-action Switch
Installation and wiring instructions for the 3-way Lever-action Switch.
Product Instructions I-3192
5-way Lever-action Switch
Installation and wiring instructions for the 5-way Lever-action Switch.
Product Instructions I-0127
Wilkinson Single-coil Pickups for Tele
Wiring diagrams for Wilkinson Single-Coil Pickups for a Tele.
Product Instructions I-RAILHAMMER
Railhammer Humbucking Pickups
Wiring diagrams and color codes for Railhammer Humbucking pickups.
Product Instructions A-HOMEMADEWINDER
Homemade hand drill pickup winder
How to turn a power drill into a pickup winder.
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.
Product Instructions W101-SOLDERING
Soldering
The do's and don'ts of soldering.
Product Instructions W101-TONECONTROL
How a tone control works
An overview of how a tone control works.
Product Instructions I-PICKUPWINDER
Pickup winder from Down Under
Kevin O'Brien introduces his homemade pickup winder.
Product Instructions I-0029
Conductive Shielding Paint Instructions
Directions for using conductive shielding paint.
Product Instructions I-0055
Free-Way Switch Instructions
Installation and wiring diagrams
Product Instructions I-0163
JackPot Wiring Diagrams
Manufacturer's installation instructions.
Product Instructions I-1624
Wiring for Lawrence Research Humbucking Pickups
Wiring diagrams and color codes for Lawrence Research Humbucking pickups.
Product Instructions I-3200_2
Super Switch
Pickup manufacturers - specs and color codes
Product Instructions I-3250
Five-Star Banjo Pickup
Installation instructions for the Five-Star Banjo Pickup.
Product Instructions I-3479
Dual Concentric Control Pots
Sample wiring of Dual Concentric Control Pots.
Product Instructions I-4000
Understanding Guitar Wiring
An introduction to guitar wiring, including how different components work and how they work together.
Product Instructions I-4000_10
Understanding Guitar Wiring
Product Instructions I-4000_11
Understanding Guitar Wiring
Product Instructions I-4000_12
Understanding Guitar Wiring
Product Instructions I-4000_2
Understanding Guitar Wiring
Product Instructions I-4000_3
Understanding Guitar Wiring
Product Instructions I-4000_4
Understanding Guitar Wiring
Product Instructions I-4000_5
Understanding Guitar Wiring
Product Instructions I-4000_6
Understanding Guitar Wiring
Product Instructions I-4000_7
Understanding Guitar Wiring
Product Instructions I-4000_8
Understanding Guitar Wiring
Product Instructions I-4000_9
Understanding Guitar Wiring
Product Instructions I-4137
Blend Pot Wiring
An explanation of various wiring options with a blend pot.
Product Instructions I-5068
Mounting a Kent Armstrong Suspended Jazz Pickup
How to mount and wire a Kent Armstrong Suspended Jazz pickup.
Product Instructions I-5400-2
Golden Age Humbucker
Product Instructions I-6065
Black Ice Wiring Diagrams
Manufacturer's installation instructions.
Product Instructions I-6153
Schatten Thumbwheel Controls Instructions
Downloadable wiring diagrams for Schatten Thumbwheel Controls.
Product Instructions I-BARDEN
Barden Humbucking Pickups
Wiring diagrams and color codes for Barden Humbucking pickups.
Product Instructions I-DIMARZIO
DiMarzio Humbucking Pickups
Wiring diagrams and color codes for DiMarzio Humbucking pickups.
Product Instructions I-DUNCAN
Seymour Duncan Humbucking Pickups
Wiring diagrams and color codes for Seymour Duncan Humbucking pickups.
Product Instructions I-FRALIN
Lindy Fralin Humbucking Pickups
Wiring diagrams and color codes for Lindy Fralin Humbucking pickups.
Product Instructions I-GIBSON
Gibson Humbucking Pickups
Wiring diagrams and color codes for Gibson Humbucking pickups.
Product Instructions I-GOTOH
Gotoh Humbucking Pickups
Wiring diagrams and color codes for Gotoh Humbucking pickups.
Product Instructions I-LAWRENCE
Lawrence Research Humbucking Pickups
Wiring diagrams and color codes for Lawrence Research Humbucking pickups.
Product Instructions I-PRS
PRS Humbucking Pickups
Wiring diagrams and color codes for PRS Humbucking pickups.
Product Instructions I-SCHALLER
Schaller Humbucking Pickups
Wiring diagrams and color codes for Schaller Humbucking pickups.
Product Instructions I-ARMSTRONG
WD/Kent Armstrong Humbucking Pickups
Wiring diagrams and color codes for WD/ Kent Armstrong Humbucking pickups.
Product Instructions I-BENEDETTO
Benedetto Humbucking Pickups
Wiring diagrams and color codes for Benedetto Humbucking pickups.
Product Instructions I-GOLDENAGE
Golden Age Humbucker Color Codes
Wiring diagrams and color codes for Golden Age Humbucking pickups.