Blog & Latest News

Welcome to the Tonefinder Blog page. Here you’ll find all the latest news from the Tonefinder workshop.

SWB Strawberry Blonde – The amp that won’t stop working

Let’s troubleshoot this amp. Spoiler alert……turns out there’s nothing wrong with it.

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Gunk removal

It’s quite common to find a build up of gunk on circuit boards in amps. It’s important to remove that gunk as it can become conductive and cause significant issues. I’ll show you a quick and easy way to remove that build up.

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Marshall Super Bass 100 – Let’s restore the beast!

On the bench today we have a rather stunning Marshall Super Bass 100…..or at least it will be! This amp hasn’t been switched on for years. It came in with no tubes installed and a shed load of dust and cobwebs. I made a few decisions before turning the amp on for the first time, […]

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Fender Champ 12 – No output!!!

This Fender Champ 12 came in to the workshop with no output. Nothing. Nada. Zero. Zilch. Let’s fix it!

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Carving a new bone saddle

My good friend (and longtime Tonefinder client) Vince came to me with his Yamaha acoustic guitar with a very common issue; it was breaking strings at the saddle on a regular basis. Not great when this is your gigging guitar. So let’s take a look at the saddle and bridge. We can see where an old string […]

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Fixing and then modding a Boss DS-1

It seems like an eternity since I last posted a blog article so I thought this little project might be of interest. To cut a long story short, I was given a broken Boss DS-1 pedal by a client who no longer wanted it. The only information I had regarding the fault was that ‘it […]

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Calling all wah-wah users! A cheap, easy & very effective mod

In this article we’ll be looking at a step by step guide to adding a true bypass switch to our wah-wah pedal. In this example we’ll be using a Vox V847.a wah but this can equally be applied to the Jim Dunlop Cry Baby wah and pretty much any other wah-wah pedal that uses a […]

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The best FREE mod ever? Top wrapping!

Not many things in life are free so it makes a nice change to be able to potentially improve the tone AND playability of a guitar and for that modification to be both wonderfully simple yet not cost a silver bean to implement. To be exact, we’re going to be top wrapping. Intrigued? Read on. […]

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Refretting a Fender USA Strat

I recently acquired a Fender USA Stratocaster. There were a few things that really stood out to me, both positive and negative. The neck was incredibly comfortable in the hand but there was significant fret wear all along the neck. The pickups sounded stunning but Fender chose not to install a TBX tone control. Also, […]

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David Gilmour Stratocaster Project

A few weeks ago I was contacted by John in Cardiff. He was looking for a set of David Gilmour pickups to go in his Squire Stratocaster. After our initial conversations it became clear that John was also potentially looking for a new guitar too. As luck would have it I was contemplating selling my […]

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The countdown has started…..

The countdown to what I hear you cry??!!?? [tminus t=”30-06-2015 23:59:59″/] Good question! Can’t really say a lot at this stage but suffice to say there is going to be a big announcement at the start of July 2015. Sorry to be cryptic but all will become clear, I promise. Keep it loud, people!! Rich

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Capturing that David Gilmour tone

I’ve always wanted to make a pickup that got somewhere close to that David Gilmour tone. Yet again the interweb was rife with misinformation, tenuous advice and general rubbish so the quest was really on. It was kinda prompted by one of my clients approaching me and asking for a set of DG style pickups […]

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Tonefinder Effects Pedals – You heard it here 1st

Tonefinder is incredibly proud to announce, after months of development and testing, the launch of its brand new range of effects pedals. Every pedal is put together by me and comprises of the very, very best components. I went for quality all the way with these pedals to ensure not only a long life but […]

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Finding that Peter Green tone – Custom humbuckers

Right from the very start of my journey in to making guitar pickups I knew that I’d be asked to make custom pickups and to also try and emulate the tone of well known players. Not only have my range of ‘standard’ Tonefinder pickups been a huge success but so have the custom wounds too. […]

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The Pickups have landed!!

Phew!! It’s been a hectic few months but the news that you’ve all been waiting for is that Tonefinder now has its own range of single coil pickups which you can find out more about here. After many months and hundreds of hours of testing “The Ol’ Quacker“, “The TFC” and “The Reverend” are ready […]

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