CUSTOM SHOP MODS
Our handcrafted guitars are already incredible, but we got some goodies for you to add to create masterpiece.
N PHASE REVERSAL SWITCHES
This custom switch allows your SCG to change the phase of a pickup. This custom mod requires at least two coil pickups.
Changing the phase changes the direction of the electrical current running through the copper wires. By reversing the phase on your pickups, you reduce the output and obtain a thinner, out of phase sound.
N COIL CUTTING
This custom shop mod is by far the most useful for four wire pickups (dual coil). You get the best of both worlds, creating a strat sound and a Les Paul sound at the flick of a switch. This setup yields three different tones, north coil on, both coils on and south coil on.
N COIL TAPPING
Coil tapping is a custom wound single coil pickup. Whenever there is relative motion between magnetic flux lines and an electrical conductor (copper wire) an electrical signal will be generated in the conductor. The strength of the signal generated depends on how much (how many coils) of the conductor "cut" the magnetic flux lines, how fast the relative motion is, and on how strong those flux lines are. We can make the generated signal stronger by either increasing the number of turns of wire on the coil, or by increasing the strength of the magnet. Unfortunately, pickup design is not this simple. We hand wire the pickup halfway, somewhere around 4200 turns depending on what tone our client is after and we solder a lead wire. We then proceed to wind the remaining pickup and add another lead. This is an old school technique that is not really used much anymore, most hot rod their axe with a coil cut.
N BLEND POTENTIOMETER
This custom shop mod adds a stacked concentric potentiometer on your guitar that controls two pickups. It is a unique substitute for a pickup selector switch. It does not just turn on a pickup like a selector switch does; rather it turns on a percentage of a pickups volume. Turn the knob in one direction and it increases the volume of pickup “A”, while decreasing the volume of pickup “B”. Turn the knob the opposite direction and it decreases the volume of pickup “A”, while increasing the volume of pickup “B”. In the middle position both pickups are at 100%.
N SERIES / PARALLEL WIRING
If you’re looking to get more volume and midrange out of your pickups, our guitar wizards can add a series / parallel switch to your setup. Factory guitars are wired in parallel, and each pickup travels its own path to the output. Series wiring adds a longer path with more resistance. This additional resistance prevents the higher tones from traveling through the circuit and allows more of the low and midrange tones to pass through.
N PUSH PULL POTENTIOMETER
This custom shop mod adds a custom pot that pulls double duty in the same space as a regular potentiometer. Don’t want an extra switch or knob on your gorgeous SCG, but really want a phase reversal knob? We got you covered. We do this mod quite often on tone knobs, adding phase reversal. Pull for phase control, push back in for tone. Jimmy Page was a fan of this setup on his custom Gibson. We can wire this mode to control all kinds of mods without adding extra switches and knobs to your setup.
N VOLUME BOOST / BYPASS SWITCH
This custom shop mod works by bypassing the tone and volume potentiometers and sending the signal straight to your output jack. This reduces the resistance in the circuit and increases the output of the high tones. You can use a push pull potentiometer or an on/off switch to activate this bypass.
These are just a handful of the custom options we have available for your Sin City Guitar.
Since we make each guitar by hand, let us know if you want us to quote you a price for adding any of these to your guitar.
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