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Eddie Van Halen and the Dawn of DIY Guitar Modding

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Eddie Van Halen and the Dawn of DIY Guitar Modding

I grew up in the 1980s, and was obsessed with the guitar, and playing guitar, as a little kid. Van Halen wasn't my favorite band, but I had a couple of their records, listened to them a ton and was as blown away as everyone else by Eddie's playing. As of the time I'm writing this, it's been two weeks since he died, and I've been thinking a lot about a lesson he indirectly taught me, about modding guitars. I remember, way back then, seeing an article in one of the guitar magazines about the Frankenstein guitar, how it was...

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Partscaster: The Tele Kit

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Partscaster: The Tele Kit

Within the last 10 years or so, it seems that putting together your own telecaster is a rite of passage of sorts for guitarists. The tele is the original major mass-produced guitar, and some argue (myself included) that it's the best. It still remains the one style of guitar that can get you virtually any sound you need. They're tough, they're lightweight, and they have a mid-century modern functional design that remains compelling all these years after they were introduced. I made my first tele partscaster many years ago. I didn't pay much for it, maybe $200 or so. I...

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