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Nuts & Volts Magazine (October 2014)

Hotrod Your Electric Guitar with Active Tone Controls

By Thomas Henry    View Digital Edition  


In this day and age of highfalutin audio electronics, it is somewhat surprising that most electric guitars sport tone controls that weren't cutting edge even half a century ago. A new guitar still has a non-zero probability of sounding pretty "blah" no matter how good the pickups are. It may have a weak low end response, or perhaps the treble setting is dull. Maybe it doesn't offer much variation in tonal quality overall. This article describes a retrofit you can make that will give your guitar the controls it deserves. Even the most plain Jane instrument leaps alive with a full range of bass, mid, and high end color. Best of all, it does it quietly; noise, hum and hiss are simply not an issue thanks to several tricks explained here.

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