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How To Decode CTS Pot Numbers

You’ve found some pots in the back of your parts drawer and they look like CTS pots but you have no idea what value or taper they are.  No problem!  Today we are going to examine the numbers stamped on the bottom of CTS pots and decode them so that you too can figure out […]

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Upgrading Your Electronics Part 4: Capacitors

The 4th article in the “Upgrading Your Electronics” series, we will now cover the hotly-debated topic of capacitors.  In fact, the only topic that gets repeated more often in forums all across the interwebs is whether fingerboard wood has an effect on tone.  Capacitors are a big deal to many guitarists in search of the […]

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Upgrading Your Electronics Part 3: Potentiometers

This is the third article in the “Upgrading Your Electronics” series and this one is going to be an epic journey into the world of potentiometers.  If you haven’t read the previous two articles, you can find them here: Part 1 and Part 2.  These articles are meant to provide a foundation of knowledge about […]

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Upgrading Your Electronics Part 2: Pickup Selector Switch

Hopefully you read Part 1 of this series on upgrading the electronics in your guitar.  If you didn’t, please take a look at it here and come right back, because things are about to get switchy… Upgrading the pickup selector switch in your guitar may not sound critical or even necessary.  I mean, how much […]

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Upgrading Your Electronics Part 1: What Is All That Stuff?

You’ve got a nice guitar.  It’s a fab color and it plays like butter, but you can’t help thinking that it could sound a little better.  You’ve got a set of pickups in mind, because an internet forum swears by them so they *must* be awesome, but you figure why not go all-in and replace […]

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Russian Caps Are Here

My latest shipment of NOS PIO caps from Russia has arrived and will soon be added into inventory.  K40Y-9 and K42Y-2 caps are the most sought-after PIO caps for use in guitars and with good reason – they are built to Russian military specs so they are reliable and they sound fantastic as tone capacitors […]

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New Site Launched

After too many hours (which led to many days, weeks, and months), I’m happy to announce a fully redesigned site for Red Star Guitars.  The last site was built on an e-commerce platform that was tough to maintain which meant that fulfilling orders was a real chore.  I’ve streamlined the overhead considerably, allowing me to […]

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