How Do I Change My Pickups ?
Ok so you all want better
pickups, When you buy a new unit there will be a diagram supplied with
it, This lets you know which wires are which, If you don´t have one get
in touch with the manufacturer or check the web, When you know what
wires do what then it´s a simple case of unsoldering the old one and
tacking the new one to the same lugs, But if you need phase shift or
coil splitting then you will need to get hold of a diagram for it ,
Check the wiring diagrams page out it might help you.
Beware, If you don´t know what your doing you can cause damage to your instrument and void any warranty.
If you are in any doubt then
take it to a qualified repairman, It´s not as expensive as you might
think and it could save you a lot of trouble in the long run.....
How Do I Become A Guitar Tech?
I get this one all the time,
It´s not easy, Firtsly you need to know a great deal about guitars and
amps, You can learn a lot from books but you need that vital hands on
experience, Get to know your local repairman and ask if you can watch
him work, offer to sweep the floor or run to the store for him, Anything
to get you in there, Learn how he sets up the guitars and performs
minor repairs...And KEEP learning this is an ongoing process.
Go to your local venue and try
to get on the "Local Crew" This way you see how a gig is built from the
ground up, It always helps to see the big picture, Watch the touring
tech, See how he sets up his station and what he does through the day,
Ask him questions,
Got a friend in a band? Ask to tech for him.
This is just the tip of a very deep iceberg but it´s as good a place as any to start
What´s The Money Like?
Don´t even think about it !!! For a long time
you will be broke, But if you stick to it, Build a good reputation and
make the right contacts then maybe one day you´ll get the gig with that
mega rock band you always dreamt about, Now your making a good wage and
better still being paid to travel the world, That WILL NOT happen over
night, It could take years, It could never happen,
But if you do it right then you will have a great deal of fun trying to get there.
Do I Need To Be A Good Player To Be A Tech?
Not at all, You need to know how a guitar works and
how to tune it, It helps if you can play a little bit, As long as you
can fret the notes up the neck to check for buzzes etc then you will be
After all you are being paid to keep them in good
shape, Not to dazzel everyone with your speed picking through the
minor7th augmented demented scale.