As a long-time and big-time fan of controlling my guitar sound as much as possible directly on the guitar itself (while keeping things simple so that I can concentrate on playing music rather than fiddling with controls), I have modded my guitars a lot with replacement pickups where needed, and by optimizing volume and tone control with suitable potentiometer and capacitor values, and by adding treble-bleed arrangements and switchable capacitors. In fact, I was under the impression that I had completely and utterly sussed the guitar circuits I was using. Translating the present article by Bernd Meiser taught me to be a bit more humble – only after having been intimately confronted with what he relates did I understand that the overall picture still had elude me. The article has provided me with a lot of added value – and I hope that you get as much out of it as I did. Happy reading, and – maybe – happy soldering afterwards!

Interactions between Guitar Pickup, Pots, Cable and Input of Amp (or Effect)