By checking the boxes you agree to receive the following from us via e-mail. The One Mic Reverb store will sell microphones used and signed by music legends, with proceeds going to 10 different programs. A rugged affair made from stainless steel with countersunk screws, this modern-meets-vintage vibrato features an updated string anchor plate, an arm with user-adjustable swing, and, best of all, a painstaking recreation of the carbon-steel spring. 30 years on from the release of their debut album, Ride are once again making records that swell and shimmer with a euphoric, hazy splendour. We ask a man who has played a few. Earlier ‘Pat Pend’ vibratos are especially favoured for their stiffer, smoother feel, and they stand up far better to bends and detuning than modern recreations. Players who swear by thin and funky tones will love this one. And as our wiring mods show, it’s also ripe for reinvention. The October 2020 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now! Placed between the input and output lugs of your volume pot, this mod consists of a cap in parallel with a resistor. Here are eight ways to make the most of your upper-bout electronics without dramatically changing the stock look. For one, installing them usually requires drilling out the body to accept new inserts. Here, we share some of our favourite alterations for these two great Fender instruments. But it isn’t a mere reproduction of those traditional bridges. The bridge is available in both 7.25- and 9.5-inch radii to match the curvature of your guitar’s fretboard, and there’s even a wider bridge meant for Bass VI models. It’s also a good idea to solder the finish wraps of your plain strings for extra durability in the event that they come into contact with the pivot-plate screws directly beneath them. With just a bit of maintenance, you can keep your stock bridge and stop worrying about skipping strings and poor intonation. We call this the ‘Hammer Trick’. Additionally, the fixed radius makes setups tricky for guitars with flatter fretboards. Note: You’ll need to isolate the bridge pickup claw using a separate ground to the volume pot. Players who want a bridge that improves sustain and remains stationary with heavy vibrato use should consider the Mastery bridge – even though, at $175, it doesn’t come cheap. For Jaguars, here’s a series mod that keeps the stock look. Here’s a Part 1 guide to the man jokingly dubbed Slowhand. These spacers, priced at $4 each, fit between the switch casing and the pickguard or plate to which they’re mounted, lowering the exposed tip of the switch enough so that it’s tougher to hit accidentally. The sheer number of pickup makers large and small means nearly every whim, within any budget, can be catered to. Bernie Marsden’s main squeeze is one of the most famous of all the 1959 Les Paul Standards. That way, you get a tapered shim made of 2 thicknesses of business card. Some opt for a generic Mustang bridge, but if you’re going to go down that route, just spend the extra money on the Staytrem. Additionally, pay attention to which of your pickup leads are ‘hot’ and ‘ground’. There’s enough room for a small breadboard and a nine-volt, but be forewarned: you’ll need to be an electronics whiz to make this work. In part two of our look at the chord shapes and sequences which define Paul Simon’s sound, we focus on his early years as a solo artist. Perhaps the most popular modification for offset Fenders is replacing the stock bridge with a more robust aftermarket part. We could draw up a diagram for this one, but honestly, it’s just easier to direct you to Rothstein Guitars, purveyors of fine and customised wiring harnesses for your favourite guitars. This one’s not for the faint of heart, we’re afraid. Best understood as a heavily upgraded Mustang-style bridge, this bridge features six individually adjustable barrel saddles with a deep, centred groove to keep strings in place. Seymour Duncan, Curtis Novak, Lollar, The Creamery, Lindy Fralin, McNelly, Kinman, House Of Tone and Mojo all make excellent drop-in replacements that cover a broad range of tones among them. You could cram the end of a pencil eraser in there and break it off, but if you want to retain your tonal options while keeping the switches out of the way, spacers such as those sold by Faction Guitars are the perfect compromise. Start with something simple like a Fuzz Face or Tube Screamer and move up from there. To properly shim a neck, the neck must be removed from the neck pocket of the body. The November 2020 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now! No matter the historical perspective, one thing is clear: even those with limited experience should feel right at home adding personal touches to their prized instruments. We recommend unbleached bone, brought to a high polish, for its hardness and beauty, but Tusq will suffice for those with a vegan lifestyle. Given that Leo Fender originally meant for these guitars to be used with the heavy-gauge flatwound strings of the day, installing a set of 0.011-0.048 or above will vastly improve the feel and response of your floating-bridge instrument. Stepping down to 500K or 250K can drastically affect the overall tonality of the instrument, and the lower the rating, the greater the difference. Proof positive that a single-pickup guitar can be much more than a one-trick pony – especially when it’s been designed by a modern-day master. Take, for instance, the Fender Johnny Marr Jaguar and its four-way blade switch, which represents a more intuitive approach to the guitar’s arsenal of sounds. tubeswell Joined: Sep 24, 2011 Posts: 1412 Wellington, NZ: Posted on May 30 2013 04:55 PM At the moment my AVRI has an old bit of credit card as the shim, and the action and intonation and bridge height are set to ensure the 1st string bobbin winding clears the screw head on the vibrato anchor plate (To stop the … Continuing our journey through the guitar styles of the legendary Three Kings, this time it’s the turn of Flying V-toting blue icon Albert. These units often fetch well over $200 on the used market, though. There’s little reason to swap the tailpieces of vintage and US-made reissues, but with the following upgrades, owners of Japan-made Fenders and Squiers will note a marked improvement in tuning stability and feel. This Les Paul-like wiring scheme repurposes the rhythm circuit as a standard volume-and-tone combo for the neck pickup and substitutes the 50K Tone for a 1 Meg mini pot. Although some feel that the Mastery’s enhanced resonance is antithetical to the classic offset sound, the needs of the player are paramount. When you place a shim at the end of the neck and then screw the neck back in, there’s a small ‘air pocket’ left. The rhythm circuit sounds great with the bridge pickup, so here’s how to wire the guitar so that the toggle switch is still active. Not only do the players who gravitate toward them tend to be experimental types, the guitars’ design begs for personalisation. is the world’s leading authority and resource for all things guitar. The Offset Mastery Bridge, released in 2008, helps to eliminate the buzzing and string movement that plagued the bridges of original Fender offset models. The August 2020 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now. Treble-bleed networks are an easy mod to retain clarity and bite without altering your basic guitar tone. On the other end of the spectrum are those who rely upon consistent operation of the volume control – the Jazzmaster and Jaguar circuits may cut off far too much treble when backed off.