There may be quite a few reasons why you’re looking for a single hum single volume/ pull for north single-coil diagram. The magical world of guitar pickups can sound vastly different depending on the way they’re wired and perhaps, you too want to see for yourself what the fuss is all about.
Chances are, you may have gotten a cheap electric like the Ibanez Micro 3/4 thinking it’s an excellent guitar as it’s not only affordable but also features the impeccable quality of the popular brand. All you need now is just a couple of tools and an easy wiring diagram to get started making your own mods to the guitar.
If you’re in a hurry, here’s the wiring diagram for the 1 humbucker/ 1 volume/ pull for north single-coil:
Wiring Diagram for 1 Humbucker 1 Volume Pull for North Single Coil
Getting Started With Modding Guitars
It can be very intimidating when you are first looking at the wiring diagrams and don’t know what you’re expected to do. Every electronics wizard started out with easy projects before moving on to creating their own wiring diagrams, so it’s definitely doable.
I don’t think playing with the wiring and electronics on your guitar is a good idea if you don’t know anything about wiring. Instead, you should try getting a cheap electric guitar kit and try your best at making it. It’s not only cheap and risk-free but also a fun project to involve your kids.
I recommend the Tupelo Tenor 4-string electric box guitar kit as it’s a fantastic way to learn the ropes of wiring and electronics.
It also comes with all the parts you will need, and you won’t need advanced tools at all. I know it looks and plays cool because I got this for a friend a while back, but you can also check the reviews just to be sure (they’re overwhelmingly positive!). Even if you have no experience with guitar kits, you can put this one together in about 2-3 hours and the sound resembles that of a banjo, like most cigar box guitars do.
Getting a guitar kit is an easy way to learn the ins and outs of an electric guitar if you ask me- highly recommend the Tupelo Tenor 4-string electric box guitar kit.
The Ibanez Mikro 3/4 electric guitar is also a fantastic guitar to mod, and the best part is- it’s super cheap despite being an Ibanez that plays great.
What Minor Things Can You Do To Improve Your Tone?
Most players think that the wood type and pickups are the main culprits behind a boring tone. The truth is- while pickups can make a lot of difference in your tone and overall sound, the rest of the things won’t produce much of a noticeable difference, to somebody just learning the pentatonic scales at least.
I know that modding pickup and installing new ones can be quite costly, and frankly- not everybody has the knack for electronics and messy soldering. Add to that the hassle of having to route your own cavities to fit in the custom pickup on your Strat, and you will quickly realize that it’s not as easy as it sounds. Still, there are a couple of things you can do to change the tone on your guitar even if you don’t have the luxury of swapping out your pickups any time soon.
Changing the Screws on your Pickups
I know it sounds stupid- almost like a scam but you cannot discount the fact that guitar pickups have magnets inside them. Sure, they’re quite different from the ones we’re used to, and are quite powerful- but they’re magnets- they’re magnetic.
That means- the screws over them since they’re ferromagnetic- also become magnetic. Different screws can contribute to different sounds. Whether the screws on your pickups are loose or you just want to try out different ones, you can try experimenting with what feels different and if you like it.
Personally, I find that getting a reverb and fuzz can make huge changes to the tone, and changing screws doesn’t have that significant of an effect but it’s always good to experiment. It shouldn’t cost you more than a couple of bucks, so there’s that.
Swapping Pickup Covers
I know changing a guitar pickup cover sounds like an aesthetic thing- it is, but it can also have profound effects on your tone. I’ve found that players started experimenting by removing the pickup covers on their guitars and found the resulting tone to be a bit brighter.
Most players actually start out modding their guitars by swapping the pickup covers, so it’s always a good place to start if you are unsure about making changes to the electronics on your beautiful instrument.
If you’re thinking about changing pickup covers, I would suggest you look into some cheap ones. I used to have a thick pickup cover that did sound nice but I got a thin nickel cover from a friend, just to see if it would make any difference- and it brightened up the tone.
If you’ve been playing for a while, you will instantly notice the difference in tone but even then, it can be subjective. Swapping pickup covers is always a good idea as it will make the instrument feel more personal.
Upgrade the Tuners
You will be surprised by the sheer number of players out there who could do with quality tuning machines. This doesn’t do much for the tone but you have to admit that if your guitar is always in tune, you will be improving at a much faster rate.
Ear training, recognizing intervals, and playing in tune are all aspects of your playing that can drastically improve just by upgrading the tuners on your instrument.
Change the Strings
Certain string sets can feel brighter compared to others- and which ones sound dark and which bright, of course, depends on who you ask.
I prefer light strings as they’re easier to bend but you can try your hand at any string gauge- the important thing is that it feels comfortable and suits your playing style like a glove fits a hand.
Experiment with The Way You Use Your Right Hand
We’ve all been there. The rush of getting a new guitar with shiny pickups- but after many years of practice and messing around with the tones you can get, it can seem all too familiar. The same humbucker on your guitar can feel a bit boring, don’t you think?
I know many players think that it’s always the hardware that has got something to do with the guitar tone. It’s mostly true but the tone and music you play are actually the combination of both the instrument and the player- you!
You should dedicate some time to figuring out how you sound when you are playing fingerstyle versus how playing with a pick sounds. As a guitar player, it never hurts to have many tools in your arsenal- the more the merrier and it doesn’t cost a dime!
Investing in a cheap but decent acoustic guitar can also help if you’re trying to improve your fretting technique.
I hope this post has helped you in some way. Whether you’re trying to repair the electronics on your guitar and making changes is your only option, or you just want to experiment with the sounds to get better at guitar, modding the electronics can be a fantastic idea. Just make sure that you take many pictures of the wiring before you decide to take it apart so you can rewire it the way it was if you get stuck later.
If this article has helped you in some way, do let me know! I’m always looking for suggestions and feedback, so I will be happy to hear from you.
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