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Guitar Wiring Guide Part 4 - Pickup Selector Switches

Guitar Wiring Guide Part 4 - Pickup Selector Switches

Posted by Matt McCracken on 5th May 2022

Your pickup selector switch is one of those components of your guitar that can fly under the radar. Every guitarist has one, and the vast majority of those guitarists use them, but how do they actually work? In Part 4 of our Guitar Wiring Guide we’re having a deep look into pickup selector switches and toggle switches, and how you can best utilise them in your guitar wiring circuits.How does a pic … read more
Guitar Wiring Guide Part 3 - Guitar Tone Capacitors

Guitar Wiring Guide Part 3 - Guitar Tone Capacitors

Posted by Matt McCracken on 28th Apr 2022

The humble guitar capacitor is a tiny device that plays a big role in guitar circuits. Your tone pots just wouldn’t be the same without them! In Part 3 of our Guitar Wiring Guide we’re going to learn more about how capacitors do their work, and how we can use them in various applications in your guitar wiring.If you're joining us for the first time then we recommend starting with Part 1 - How Guit … read more
Wraparound Vs Tune-o-Matic - The Ultimate Guide

Wraparound Vs Tune-o-Matic - The Ultimate Guide

Posted by Matt McCracken on 5th Apr 2022

There are various pros and cons of both the Tune-o-Matic and Wraparound bridge designs you’ll often see adorning LP and SG-style guitars. But what are the differences between the two? Why do some guitarists swear by an older and arguably less efficient design? In this article we’re going to detail the ins and outs of these two types of brilliant bridges to find the answer…Wraparound BridgesThe Wra … read more
Guitar Wiring Guide Part 2 - How to Wire a Volume Pot

Guitar Wiring Guide Part 2 - How to Wire a Volume Pot

Posted by Matt McCracken on 29th Mar 2022

Part 2 of our Guitar Wiring Guide sees us moving onto potentiometers, delving briefly into their effect upon your guitar tone before we move on to looking at wiring a simple circuit. As they’re more colloquially known, pots offer a powerful way to sculpt your sound, and there are many different ways they can be utilised in guitar circuits as they work to alter both volume and tone.How a Potentiome … read more
Best Humbucker Pickups - The Ultimate Guide

Best Humbucker Pickups - The Ultimate Guide

Posted by Matt McCracken on 24th Mar 2022

Replacing your pickups can completely alter your guitar’s tone, taking a beginner or intermediate level instrument to new sonic heights. Even on higher-level USA made instruments changing the pickups can offer a decisively more powerful tone, or just simply change the character if it doesn't quite meet your need. Humbuckers are incredibly popular due to their excellent output levels and low noise … read more
Guitar Wiring Guide Part 1 - How Guitar Pickups Work

Guitar Wiring Guide Part 1 - How Guitar Pickups Work

Posted by Matt McCracken on 22nd Mar 2022

The guitar pickup is the crux of any electric guitar, the point upon which your sound hinges. So before we get further into understanding how to wire our own guitars, it’s critical to understand how guitar pickups work and why they act the way they do.In this new series we’ll be looking at all the crucial aspects of guitar wiring, with plenty of tips on how to start modifying your own circuits. By … read more
Tech Talk: Guitar Wiring Mods

Tech Talk: Guitar Wiring Mods

Posted by Matt McCracken on 17th Mar 2022

Getting into guitar wiring mods is a great way to both understand more about your instrument, as well as help to enhance the functionality of your instrument and most importantly, harness great tone. Many a famed guitarist have had their guitar electronics customised to unlock the unfathomable depths of tone, with anything from coil-splitting to the Stratocaster 7-way switch mod. In this article w … read more
Gotoh Telecaster Compatible Bridges - The Ultimate Guide

Gotoh Telecaster Compatible Bridges - The Ultimate Guide

Posted by Matt McCracken on 15th Mar 2022

If you’re not certain that your guitar is compatible with your that Gotoh bridge you're looking at, then you’re in the right place. We’ve put together this guide to answer some commonly asked questions with regards to Telecaster bridge compatibility. Whether you’re swapping from vintage to modern or vice versa, make sure you double check it will fit before you commence with installation.Gotoh Tele … read more
Gotoh Tuners - The Ultimate Guide

Gotoh Tuners - The Ultimate Guide

Posted by Matt McCracken on 10th Mar 2022

Gotoh tuners are one of the most popular items we sell here at Northwest Guitars. Combining high quality construction with a very reasonable price, they often find their way onto the guitars of large manufacturers such as Fender, Ibanez, Yamaha, and Martin Guitars to name but a few.Tuners make a great upgrade for your guitar with a minimum of fuss during installation, particularly if you’re replac … read more
Best Guitar Capo - The Ultimate Guide

Best Guitar Capo - The Ultimate Guide

Posted by Matt McCracken on 8th Mar 2022

A Capo is a relatively inexpensive yet endlessly versatile tool that can massively enhance your creativity with your instrument. When utilised in the correct manner, this bit of kit can really open up new sonic worlds for your guitar sound, completely changing tired old chord progressions and making barre chords and more complex shapes a lot easier to play.What is a Capo?The name capo derives from … read more