Want to squeeze a little more tone from your guitar? Try new wiring

A high-spec wiring loom by Monty's Guitars
A high-spec wiring loom made by Monty's Guitars (Image credit: Monty's Guitars)

Most of us have swapped out pickups or pots on our guitars, but increasing numbers of guitarists are now opting to replace the whole wiring loom that came as stock on their factory-built guitars with a high-end aftermarket replacement. 

The term 'wiring loom' describes the network of electronic components inside your electric guitar that connects your pickups to tone and volume controls and routes the signal out to the amp. It might sound dull, but upgrading the quality of these parts can yield significant tone benefits – and the good news is you can upgrade the whole shooting match in one go, rather than piece by piece.

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Jamie Dickson

Jamie Dickson is Editor-in-Chief of Guitarist magazine, Britain's best-selling and longest-running monthly for guitar players. He started his career at the Daily Telegraph in London, where his first assignment was interviewing blue-eyed soul legend Robert Palmer, going on to become a full-time author on music, writing for benchmark references such as 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and Dorling Kindersley's How To Play Guitar Step By Step. He joined Guitarist in 2011 and since then it has been his privilege to interview everyone from B.B. King to St. Vincent for Guitarist's readers, while sharing insights into scores of historic guitars, from Rory Gallagher's '61 Strat to the first Martin D-28 ever made.