Wiring Tips

Learn new guitar and bass wiring techniques, modifications, and more!  

Fralin Pickups: Stratocaster Wiring Tips Tricks Mods
Stratocaster Wiring – Tips, Mods & More!

It’s no secret that the Fender Stratocaster® is one of the most popular guitar models of all time. Because of this, we sell a lot of Strat pickups. Our most popular Strat models are our Clean & Clear Vintage Hot and our Thick & Dirty Blues Specials – they simply sound like a Strat should. Today, we’ve got some useful Stratocaster wiring […]

Half Blender Pot Modification
Half Blender Pot Modification

Hey again! Today, we’re discussing the ‘Half Blender Pot’ modification. This variation of the popular Blender Pot modification is incredibly useful and simple to use – all that’s required is our Standard Blender Pot or our Push Pull Blender Pot. You might be asking “Half Blender….?” We’ll get into that, but first, let’s recap what a Blender Pot does: Standard Blender […]

Lindy Fralin Pickup Height
How To Properly Set Pickup Height

Learning how to set your pickup’s height correctly is probably the most overlooked step in purchasing a set of pickups. It would be like buying a new car and not inflating the tires. Pickup height is a critical element of your guitar’s tone. Set too low, and your pickup is inefficient and weak. Set too high, and your pickup will […]

Lindy Fralin Pickups - Finding and Fixing Guitar Ground Problems
Understanding Guitar Grounding

Practicing your guitar makes you a better guitar player. Understanding guitar wiring makes you a better Tone Wizard. And, properly grounding your guitar’s electronics makes your guitar as quiet as it can be. In today’s article, we will delve into the world of grounding: The basics, common myths, and best practices! THE BASICS: A Ground (or Earth) connection is a […]

Lindy Fralin Resistor Article
Using Resistors In Guitars – 101

When you think of tone shaping, a couple of items might come to mind. We all use pickups, capacitors (tone caps), and pots as tone shapers. However, using Resistors in a guitar can open up new tonal possibilities as well. A Resistor is a device with a measurable amount of resistance. Simply put, a Resistor impedes the flow of or “resists” electricity. One way to […]

How to Properly Install an Output Jack on your Guitar

Installing an Output Jack is an essential skill to have under your belt. Installing it wrong, however, can give you a literal headache. At Fralin Pickups, we wire Switchcraft® Output Jacks on our Telecaster Control Plates all the time. This guide will teach you how an output jack actually works, so you never need to Google a diagram again. To […]

All About Dogear Pickups

If you’re ever looking at purchasing one of our P90‘s, chances are, you might have a Dogear Style P90. Dogear P90 Pickups have a few different qualities to them that might be confusing for some. We thought we’d take some time and shed some light on these qualities, so you can order with confidence. SHORT, OR STANDARD? One subject of […]

Fralin Pickups - 4-Way Telecaster Neck Conversion
Convert Your Tele Neck Into a 3-Wire Neck

Due to the popularity of 4-Way Switching, we get asked a lot about converting a Telecaster Neck Pickup into a 3-Wire Neck. In today’s lesson, we’ll show you how to convert the Neck pickup to work with 4-Way Switching. Please note the only time you need this Tele Neck Conversion is when you have a metal cover installed. If you […]

How To Install / Remove A Humbucker Cover - Lindy Fralin Pickups
Quick Tip: How to Install and Remove a Humbucker Cover

Installing and removing a humbucker cover is a pretty simple process, if you know what you’re doing. In this video, Tyler at the shop shows the complete process from start to finish, how to properly install a Humbucker Cover. Furthermore, we show you how to remove a humbucker cover safely and easily. Tools Needed: Humbucker Cover (Inside lightly waxed)Masking TapeSandpaper […]

Fralin Pickups String Spacing
How Do I Check My String Spacing?

String Spacing is a time-old question we get asked all the time – 49.2mm, 49.5mm, 50mm, 52mm – which one is right for my guitar? Today, we’ll talk about how to check your string spacing, and answer some basic questions you might have about string spacing in general. HOW IMPORTANT IS IT? Pretty important. The pickup’s magnets or pole pieces […]

2 Tone Caps, 1 Push Pull Pot

Happy November! This month, we’re talking about a really cool simple Push-Pull Modification that allows you to choose between two cap values for your guitar. The 2 Tone Cap Push-Pull Pot Mod is great on a Strat or Telecaster, where you might have a Master Volume and a Blender Pot, but still want the capabilities of two Tone Caps. This modification […]

How Do Tone Capacitors Work? - Lindy Fralin
How Do Tone Capacitors Work?

The Tone Cap is an incredibly useful tone-shaping tool. Understanding the basics will help you choose the right tone cap for your style. There are a ton of variations of this simple component  – from the super basic models to more boutique “oil and paper” versions – but which one to choose? Let’s dig in a little bit and figure […]

Lindy Fralin Pickups How Do Blade Switches Work?
How Do Blade Switches Work?

3-Way, 4-Way, 5-Way, Toggle, Blade, Rotary – There’s a lot of switches available for your electric guitar. Some come in a variety of designs and can introduce some new functionality to your guitar. These little connectors are powerful when you know how to use them, so let’s learn how they work! Today, we’re going to talk about Blade Switches. Blade […]

Fralin Alnico Rods
All About Alnico!

In this day and age of the electric guitar, we’ve pretty much seen it all. AlNiCo 2-8, Ceramic, Samarium Cobalt – guitarists and innovators are always trying new things to get different tones – but, what’s the difference between them? How do you choose? We’ve decided to make a little magnet “Cheat Sheet” for your reference, and experimentation. Let’s start […]

Fralin Soldering
Get Better At Soldering: 6 Tips & Tricks

I remember learning how to solder like it was yesterday. What I remember most is just feeling awkward, like watching a baby deer trying to walk for the first time. Soldering is one of the most critical skills to have when working on your guitar. I always hear people say “I’m not good at soldering” or “I can never do that.” Because of […]

Push-Pull Pots How They Work
Push-Pull Pot Power!

A Push-Pull Pot can add a ton of versatility to your guitar! They are a great way to add a switch, or other cool mods without modifying your guitar too much. You can use them to reverse the phase, split a Humbucker, or trick your guitar out in a fresh way. They can be a little tricky to wrap your head […]

Lindy Fralin Pickups - 4 Way Switch
4-Way Switching For Your Tele

We get asked about 4-Way Switching a lot. It’s a simple mod that when added to your Telecaster, puts your pickups in Series, instead of Parallel. You can get a pretty beefy tone with both pickups on like this, and it adds a new dimension to your favorite guitar. WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PARALLEL AND SERIES? In a standard guitar, like […]

Understanding Pickup Polarity - Fralin Pickups
What’s The Deal With Pickup Polarity?

If you’re reading this article, you probably were trying to order a single pickup. Trust us – it’s not too difficult to find your pickup polarity, and it’s well worth the effort. For identifying your magnetic polarity, we recommend buying one of these: Schatten Magnet Polarity Tester IMAGINE THIS SCENARIO: You just purchased a Bridge pickup for your guitar. You’re excited […]

Fralin Pickups
Tech Tips With Lindy – Part 1

TECH TIPS, WITH LINDY In this interview, Lindy talks about a few frequently asked questions that get asked at Fralin Pickups. From soldering techniques to pre-tinning, to wiring tips and techniques, Lindy covers a lot of ground in this video. We’re sure you’ll find some really valuable information from this Guitar Electronics Guru. Take a look inside Lindy’s office where […]

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