Steve McKinley is a guitarist/bassist with a passion for tube amps and the pursuit of a perfect tone. Born and raised in Florida, young Steve enjoyed working with tools alongside his father and shared a deep love for music with his mother. In his teens, Steve enjoyed tinkering with mini bikes and off-road motorcycles. When he got his first real motorcycle, he asked to sell it when his interests turned to guitars. His father drove him to a local guitar store and bought him his first guitar: a used, early model Music Man Stingray II and a Peavey Studio Pro amp. Steve started practicing and there was no turning back. (More)

Steve's Contributions to JamPlay.com

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Instrument Care & Maintenance

Steve McKinley, a knowledgeable player who specializes in guitar, bass and pedal modification, creates a series that will make modifying your gear look like child's play.

Lesson 1

Replacing Your Input...

In his first Guitar & Pedal Mods lesson, Steve McKinley shows you how to replace the input...

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Lesson 2

Replacing Your Pots

Steve McKinley talks about replacing your pots, or your potentiometers, in your guitar....

Length: 9:14
Lesson 3

Stratocaster Pickup...

Steve McKinley goes over a simple mod that will place a Tele-like pickup configuration...

Length: 5:56
Lesson 4

Installing a Killswitch

Steve McKinley provides a detailed lesson on how to install a killswitch in your Stratocaster.

Length: 7:55
Lesson 5

Gibson '50s Wiring

Steve McKinley shows you how to take your Les Paul back in time and give it '50s style...

Length: 9:35
Lesson 6

Independent Volume Controls

Steve McKinley does a lesson on independent volume controls for your Les Paul. This mod...

Length: 4:17
Lesson 7

Cry Baby Mods: Adjust...

Steve McKinley talks about adjusting the sweep on your wah pedal. This mod allows for...

Length: 3:55
Lesson 8

Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer...

Steve McKinley takes a look at mods for the popular Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer. First you...

Length: 18:45
Lesson 9

Ibanez TS808 Tube Screamer...

Steve McKinley takes a look at a couple mods for the Ibanez TS808 Tube Screamer. In the...

Length: 17:30
Lesson 10

Changing Wah Inductor

Steve McKinley talks about changing out the inductor on your wah. Most come equipped with...

Length: 9:02
Lesson 11

Adding an On/Off LED

Steve McKinley's latest lesson covers how to add an on/off LED to your wah. This useful...

Length: 17:22
Lesson 12

Boss DS-1 Mods

Steve McKinley finishes up his guitar and pedal mods series with a killer triple mod lesson...

Length: 28:57