Testament legend Alex Skolnick on discovering his inner jazz cat, different rigs for different moods and the influence of Eddie Van Halen. If you have a good vibrato but can’t stand dealing with the arm falling out, Staytrem offers a revamped arm and collet set – for £30 – that retrofits most existing tremolo systems and eliminates the woes of an untamable arm. He’s famously driven and single-minded, constantly seeking out great instruments and unique sounds to build a unique catalogue of stellar guitar music. When you’re happy with the amount of lift you’ve achieved, you can raise the bridge and pickups to compensate. The September 2020 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now! The Offset Mastery Bridge, released in 2008, helps to eliminate the buzzing and string movement that plagued the bridges of original Fender offset models. However, this bridge is meant to rock with trem use, which certain players may find problematic. By checking the boxes you agree to receive the following from us via e-mail. Most pickup types require some wood to be removed, and you’ll also need to devise an appropriate wiring scheme to activate the pickup, either on an unused rhythm switch, mini-switch or a push/pull pot. This is the same part as used on the AVRI ’62, AV65 and American Original guitars – for guitars imported from outside the US, they’re excellent choices. Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong laments the death of Adam Schlesinger: “COVID was, and still is, just ravaging through America … You start seeing... Flea bites Sex Pistols’ John Lydon’s penis after he befriends squirrels, Alex Skolnick: “Going from metal to jazz is like going from tackle football to figure skating”, Meet Bartees Strange: Fusing punk, hip-hop and electronica through the electric guitar, Bonamassa and The Beast: Up close with Bernie Marsden’s ’59 Les Paul, Amp FAQ: How do I build a Gibson EH-185 clone from scratch? 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From upstart beginnings in the early 60s, Eric Clapton soon established himself as one of the decades’ most lauded players. On the other end of the spectrum are those who rely upon consistent operation of the volume control – the Jazzmaster and Jaguar circuits may cut off far too much treble when backed off. Note: These diagrams assume proper grounding for pots, switches, and the jack. From teenage ‘indie’ beginnings, Johnny Marr has flourished into one of the finest guitar stylists in rock music. Some opt for a generic Mustang bridge, but if you’re going to go down that route, just spend the extra money on the Staytrem. The August 2020 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now. The sheer number of pickup makers large and small means nearly every whim, within any budget, can be catered to. There’s also the radius mismatch between the 12-inch-radius bridge and most Fender-style necks. Intonation is adjustable via two Allen screws for each saddle. It all began with Nowhere. A drop-in vibrato arm that won’t stay put is a symptom of a poor fit between the arm and its collet. Even on most brand-new guitars, factory-stock nuts aren’t necessarily slotted and seated properly. Everything from hardware replacement to retrofitting non-standard pickups is par for the course in the world of offsets. Trust us, it’s worth it. One popular combination is a 470pF (marked as 471) capacitor and a 220K ohm resistor, but some swear by a 220pF capacitor instead. That way, you get a tapered shim made of 2 thicknesses of business card. Remove the secondary tone circuit to save some weight, and you may even find your tone improved with the streamlined wiring. Start with something simple like a Fuzz Face or Tube Screamer and move up from there. 30 years on from the release of their debut album, Ride are once again making records that swell and shimmer with a euphoric, hazy splendour. And as our wiring mods show, it’s also ripe for reinvention. Both have their adherents and detractors, so it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of each bridge separately. Tuning will be more stable, the vibrato will feel smoother, and the tone will rise like proving dough. As this in-depth tips feature demonstrates, Fender’s offset models are prime platforms for modifications and improvements. Experiment away! There’s enough room for a small breadboard and a nine-volt, but be forewarned: you’ll need to be an electronics whiz to make this work.