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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.
In his first Guitar & Pedal Mods lesson, Steve McKinley shows you how to replace the input...View This Full Lesson!
Steve McKinley talks about replacing your pots, or your potentiometers, in your guitar....Length: 9:14
Steve McKinley goes over a simple mod that will place a Tele-like pickup configuration...Length: 5:56
Steve McKinley provides a detailed lesson on how to install a killswitch in your Stratocaster.Length: 7:55
Steve McKinley shows you how to take your Les Paul back in time and give it '50s style...Length: 9:35
Steve McKinley does a lesson on independent volume controls for your Les Paul. This mod...Length: 4:17
Steve McKinley talks about adjusting the sweep on your wah pedal. This mod allows for...Length: 3:55
Steve McKinley takes a look at mods for the popular Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer. First you...Length: 18:45
Steve McKinley takes a look at a couple mods for the Ibanez TS808 Tube Screamer. In the...Length: 17:30
Steve McKinley talks about changing out the inductor on your wah. Most come equipped with...Length: 9:02
Steve McKinley's latest lesson covers how to add an on/off LED to your wah. This useful...Length: 17:22
Steve McKinley finishes up his guitar and pedal mods series with a killer triple mod lesson...Length: 28:57
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.
While playing in bands in his 20's, he began learning about amps. When they broke at the most inopportune times, he started learning how to fix them in a pinch. Later, with better understanding, he started helping out friends and soon became the local go-to guy for amps. Throughout the years he continued to gain knowledge from the likes of Aspen Pittman, Gerald Weber, Jeff Bakos, Ken Fischer and Ritchie Flieger.
In 1998, Steve opened Atlanta Tube Amp and worked out of his band’s rehearsal room. However, space was limited so he moved his workshop to his garage, where ATA currently exists. Over the years he's expanded his services to include the dying art of speaker repair (so his customers can keep their amps original) and effects pedal modifications. Steve offers popular mods like converting your SD-1 to a TS-808, as well as his own custom mods. In 2005 he launched Steve McKinley Electronics.