Posts Tagged ‘DIY’

Review: DiMarzio’s Solderless Pickguards

Monday, July 5th, 2010

We’re big fans of do-it-yourself projects when it comes to guitars.  We also think that upgrading or changing pickups is one of the best ways to improve your tone.  So when DiMarzio contacted us to try out a couple of their new solderless pre-wired pickguards loaded with DiMarzio pickups we jumped at the chance.  Check out our walkthru of the installation and our review.


DIY Pickup Mods: Acme ToneShaper

Monday, October 5th, 2009

acme_toneshaperAcme Guitar Works has developed an easy-to-use, no soldering required, pickup kit for your Strat-style guitar.   The Acme ToneShaper replaces the pickups and controls in your guitar with a control assembly that allows you to set up many different pickup configurations, tone and volume knob options and series/parallel set up all through a series of DIP switches on a circuit board. Pretty freaking cool.


How To Build a Fuzz Pedal: The Results

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

You might remember last week we posted on “How To Build a Fuzz Pedal” and looked around the web at all the various options available for the DIY’er in all of us.  After checking out a few great resources on the web we settled on BYOC or Build Your Own Clone as a great starting point.  I ordered the EVS Fuzz Pedal that comes with NOS AC 127 germanium transistors to produce a really vintage fuzz sound.

I had an absolute blast putting the pedal together and the results were pretty freaking cool.  The pedal, true to it’s name, produces a wooly, thick fuzz sound with lots of overtones as the notes ring out.  Check out the highlights of the construction…


How To Build a Fuzz Pedal

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Update: Here are the results from our own build of a fuzz pedal.  Come check out the pictures and hear a sound clip.

Lately I’ve been looking into a few do-it-yourself projects that might be a good starting point for someone who is trying to build some of their own gear.  So what are the options?  I’m pretty sure building my own guitar is a little beyond my 8th grade shop class education.  I looked into a couple of package kits for building my own amp but fear of electrocution is a strong deterrent.  How about building an Fuzz pedal?  I did a some research on the web and found a few options for the beginner DIY’er out there who wants to construct their own fuzz pedal.  Full story…


Build Your Own Guitar Pickup

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

A guitar pickup is a fairly simple piece of technology.  A basic pickup is a coil of insulated copper wire with a magnet in the center.  We found a pretty cool do-it-yourself website called that provides a ton of how-to articles with anything from tattoos for your guitar to how to clean your vinyl records, including an article on how to build your own electric guitar pickup.  Full story…