Category: Guitars

2005 Yamaha SA2200


When it comes to the semi-hollowbody electric, the Gibson ES-335 is the standard by which all others are judged. When I think Gibson, I think ES-335. That’s because it’s awesome. Unfortunately a proper ES-335 or similar variant is incredibly expensive, starting at over $2,000 and running up to $5,000 for a new one, and the better-made old ones are just as pricy. So like most people who respect their wallets I went looking for the best clones. The Epiphones are cheaply built and it really shows. Plenty of modern semi-hollows are 335-ish but look funky and don’t sound anything like...

Guitar Wiring Schemes

Telecaster wiring schemes

The factory wiring jobs done on most guitars are horrible. With a little bit of solder, wire and a couple of respectable capacitors, practically any guitar can gain fresh life from a good wiring job. Here are some of the wiring schemes I have designed and/or use on my guitars.

1999 ’52 Telecaster Vintage Reissue


When it comes to the electric guitar, the Telecaster is the one that started it all. It’s so simple and rudimentary it’s almost insulting. I had been lusting after a ’52 blackguard Tele RI for a LONG time. The problem is that I didn’t want the little 7.25″ radius fretboard – I wanted a 9.5″ fretboard like the original Broadcasters, and Fender wasn’t helping me out in this quest. Also, thick, hot single coils were a must. The AV52RI was only available with the 7.25″ neck, but the Hot Rod ’52 had the right 9.5″ neck… unfortunately it also had...

2005 CIJ ’72 Telecaster Deluxe


There is no shortage of choices when it comes to humbucker-equipped solid-body electric guitars. The Les Paul defined the genre in the late 50s, and today the market is rife with thousands of options. Practically all of them are derivatives of the Gibson PAF design. Some history: In the early 1970′s Fender finally acknowledged that they were losing some serious market share to these humbuckered axes, so they decided to launch a few radically different Telecaster models with their own special humbucker, the Wide-Range designed by Seth Lover. It was more open and single-coil-sounding than GIbson PAFs thanks to a...