Know Your Tone
Cart 0

Dylan McKerchie

What is "Out of Phase"?

electric electric guitar Electric Guitar Pickups Electric Guitar Wiring fender howto humbucker pickups single coil stratocaster switching wound

What does "Out of Phase" mean? This is of course another term that we hear often. Maybe we have replaced a pickup and experienced it... That quacky thin sound when we turn both pickups on at the same time. Most of the time it is not on purpose, although this tone does have it's place. What causes it? In electric guitar land the term "out of phase" refers to a cancellation of sounds that happens when two pickups that have either opposite winding direction, or opposite magnetic polarity are turned on at the same time. The video below will illustrate...

Read more →

Planning for NAMM and other weekend random


Just some random things for your weekend and we will get back to the serious stuff on Monday. I worked a bit on this Nikita Tele style today. What a cool guitar. We started making our summer NAMM plans this morning with Nikita and We made hotel reservations and etc. it's going to be pretty cool Stay tuned for monday. We will talk about phasing. What does out of phase and in phase mean? Hope everyone has a good weekend.

Read more →

How To Set Pickup Height

electric guitar Electric Guitar Pickups guitar Guitar Setup howto humbucker pickups singlecoil stratocaster

Why Pickup Height is Important If you feel like you are not getting the tone you want from your electric guitar, the first place to start is setup. It is possible that the current height of your pickups isn't letting you hear the tonal potential of your guitar. If you recall our blog post about how electric guitar pickups work, You will remember that correct placement of the string within the pickups magnetic field is important to your tone. Too close to the pickup and the string can literally "stick" to the pickup. Too far away and you can lose...

Read more →

Coil Splitting Vs Coil Tapping... What's The Difference?

electric guitar Electric Guitar Pickups Electric Guitar Wiring humbuckers pickups singlecoil switching wiring

Coil Splitting Vs Coil Tapping.... These are two terms we often hear when discussing pickups and switching options on electric guitars. More commonly we hear the term "coil tapping", but it seems that most people use them interchangeably. What is coil splitting vs coil tapping and how do we use them? Let's start with coil splitting, because even though it is commonly mislabeled as "coil tapping", it is more often what we actually mean. Coil splitting is used on humbucking pickups to basically turn off one of the coils so that it acts as a single coil. This gives the...

Read more →

How Electric Guitar Pickups Work

electric electric guitar Electric Guitar Pickups fender hand hard rock heavy metal howto humbucker pickups setup single coil stratocaster telecaster wound

How Electric Guitar Pickups Work... For some reason, this subject has a shroud of mystique surrounding it. The truth is, how electric guitar pickups work is very simple. An electric guitar pickup is a magnetic transducer. This means that it changes the motion of the string to an AC voltage that can be sent to the guitar amp to be amplified. How does it do this? The most common types of pickups consist of a magnetic core that has a very fine wire wound around it thousands of times.  Single coil pickups like those found in a Stratocaster or Telecaster...

Read more →