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Paul Reed Smith (PRS) 58/15 Pickups Decoded! wiring and makeup discovered

Wow!  This is one industrial, epic, intensely cool blog for y'all!  You see, for years now I've been hearing rumors about how the high-end PRS 58/15 pickups perform something strange instead of the typical shutting off one coil to go into single-coil mode.  What I saw on several blogs were refrences to one coil being partially shut off via a resistor.  I had heard the pickups and certainly I agreed that they did NOT sound at all like ANY split humbucker I had EVER heard!  Generally, when one...

Musicians Have Options for Income During COVID

Howdy Guitar gang!  Soooo, we can all agree that the world has been a crazy place to live the last year or so, but since my buddy Elon hasn't got Mars in 100% move-in condition yet, I guess we all gotta call this planet home for the foreseeable future.  But for many of us guitar-slingers, the landscape is almost unrecognizable from that of glorious 2019, when we all had the freedom to travel around the world, publicly assemble, and even play music in packed hole-in-the-wall bars if we felt like it; I...

What Henreys Means - the all important induction spec!

396 - Induction a most important spec Last week I discussed the most misunderstood spec in guitar pickups, resistance, this week I discuss the most unknown but most IMPORTANT spec!  Please read parts one and two if you haven't already.   At this point you know that the typical electrical guitar pickup is a electro-magnetic induction device, so naturally the amount of actual INDUCTION generated is a specification of utmost importance.  No, it's not Resistance (again see the last blog). ...

DC resistance Revisited, What resistance tells us about a guitar Pickup!

Okay gang, it just happened again, someone wanted to know the "ohms" of one of my pickups so he could compare it to the ones he already has.  Jeez, again?  Folks, measured DC resistance (what you measure with a multimeter) is so NOT a good way to compare pickups!  Read on ...  The resistance of a guitar pickup is often the most miss-understood spec ... even though it's often the ONE SPEC people think they actually understand!  This specification simply tells you how difficult it is for...

Best Replacement Speaker For Peavey Bandit

Okay tone friends, today we discuss one of the most humble and under-rated amps of all time.  In production for nearly 40-years, the Peavey Bandit is an amp you are VERY likely to run across in a pawn shop, used music store, or stage near you!  The amp has been through several cosmetic changes over the decades and has had slight circuit tweaks, but two things remained constant: 1) they ALL sound decent, and 2) They are ALL 1x12 combos. The easy way to make a Bandit go from decent sounding to great sounding...

What IS That Bright Cap Across The Volume Pot on A PRS For Anyway?

What IS That Bright Cap Across The Volume Pot on A PRS For Anyway? Hi guitar gang.  As you may know, I've became fairly well known for upgrading the pickups in PRS guitars; and I'd like to address one of the main questions that comes up when folks are replacing the pickups in their PRS.  The "Bright" cap!  First, what is it?  It's a small-value cap soldered across the first two lugs of your volume pot, Second, why is it there: to increase the brightness of the pickups.  Simple enough.  Let's...

Best Way To Clean and Polish your Frets - Don't Use Steel Wool!

The Best Way To Clean and Polish Your Frets (Don't use Steel Wool!) It happened again last week, I was sent a pickup to fix, and when I took a look at it the problem was clear, STEEL WOOL!  You see, when you use steel wool to polish the frets on your guitar, you end up with thousands of tiny steel bits EVERYWHERE; and those bits will be strongly attracted to your guitar's magnetic pickups.  What's next?  Best case scenario is you wind up wasting a lot of time with sticky tape, tooth picks, and...

Post-Covid: How Much Should You Get Paid To Play Guitar?

Howdy Guitar Gang!  It's summer of 2021 as I pen this blog.  Like all of you, I have spent nearly TWO FREAKING YEARS without playing gigs.  That's like living without oxygen ... or food ... or water ... combined!  But yet, here we are, still somehow alive and the world is trying REALLY hard to get back to some sense of normalcy after Covid sent us all burrowing into our caves wearing face-masks, gloves, and being afraid of our friends, neighbors, family members, and maybe even the family pet....

4th of July 2021 - Live Music Is Back!

Holy cow y'all!  I think Live Music in the USA is back, and the old saying is Sooooo true: "Ya don't know what you've got until it's gone!" For musicians, man, has the last couple of years sucked ... big time! Getting out and making music with other humans is the zenith of what our world is all about.  Take THAT away and we all turn into sad blobs with eyes.  Okay, maybe I'm being a little overly dramatic, but not THAT much so! But in the last few weeks (basically June through July 4th) I've played...

Taming the Fender Twin Reverb Amp: From Twin Reverb to Princeton Reverb!

Howdy guitar folks and welcome to 2021 and the "new normal" ... but this time we ain't talking at ALL about COVID-19 or lock-downs, or any of that crap ... we're talking about a trend that began a number of years back: SMALLER AMPS!  All throughout the 1950s through the 1980's amps just kept getting bigger and bigger and louder and louder.  But then it all began to change.  Thanks to readily available great PA systems and in-ear monitors, what everyone NOW desires are amps that can sound MASSIVE whilst...

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