Category: Music

Coil Tap Results

Over last weekend, I went and installed a coil-split on my guitar using a push/pull potentiometer. Here are the results between flipping from the full output of the humbucker to the more nuanced and snappy single coil pickup. There’s a ton of info out there you can find just by using Google but, the best place to start in my opinion is GuitarElectronics.com, where you can fin all the parts you need and so many schematics and diagrams its insane, whether you have 1, 2 or 3 pickups, you can find a mod for them.

Push/Pull Pot Wired Up

Here’s a quick demo of a Major scale on the Bridge pickup, First is Full Humbucker, Second is Split Single Coil

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Here’s a quick demo of a Minor scale on the Neck pickup, First is Full Humbucker, Second is Split Single Coil

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Chicken Picken’ and Country Guitar Basics

Chicken Picken’ is a guitar style of quick country runs and banjo style rolls. A mix of bends, double stops, slapping and popping the strings and a twangy guitar is standard for ay country tune from the beginning. These are a few licks from a youtube video I found that goes over a little lesson. Definitely something worth working on to help your picking hand and your scales. A pretty basic progression for country songs to solo over is A-D-E, which is found in a ton of hits from Lynard Skynard to Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley, Alan Jackosn, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens and so many more. Read more →

Guns and Roses: Live at the Ritz ’88

You can’t go wrong with old school Guns and Roses before Slash left and Axel consoled himself with chimichangas and lard. This concert from back in ’88, 24 years ago.

  1. It’s So Easy
  2. Mr Brownstone
  3. Outta Get Me
  4. Sweet Child of Mine
  5. My Michelle
  6. Welcome to the Jungle
  7. Night Train
  8. Paradise City
  9. Rocket Queen
  10. Knocking on Heaven’s Door

Baptized In Blood – Dirty’s Back

Browsing around I found this 5 piece Canadian band that is managed by Dave Mustaine. With pretty decent chainsaw riffs and a tight rhythym section, I’m impressed with them and their style. Here’s a pretty heavy track of theirs called Dirty’s Back.

New Vs. Re-Issue

All guitarists are in search of that “tone” whether it’s a rock legend that they want to copy or just the quest for the perfect tone that raises the hair on their back. “Tone” is something that can’t really even be described. It’s a combination of so many minutely, user-dependant, changes in sound that it can never really be achieved. Even fi you use Stevie Ray Vaughn’s guitar, his amps and pedals, the “tone” will still be different because of how you pick the strings, how heavy your fingers press down, what type of strings you’re using, the weather, the roomtype, the mic…. and on and on.

JH1D Jimi Hendrix Wah Wah

JH1D Jimi Hendrix Wah Wah

A big thing with companies now, is to offer re-issues. Saying that it uses the exact same technology from 1970 Read more →

Big Muff Fuzz D.I.Y. Info

Electro Harmonix’s Big Muff Fuzz Pedal is such a legendary effect. All the sustain and distortion you can want for metal or roll back the levels and get a nice dirty blueshouse sound. Looking around I found a site that has a ton of info about fuzz boxes, including the Big Muff and a ton of other pedals. He even goes as far as mappng out the PCB, schematics and component layout, which is genius and is so helpful to make your own pedal clones, or just to have the info for modifying your current pedal. Read more to see pictures and then check it out for sure over at FuzzCentral Read more →