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Boom-Boom Beyond the Bedroom: 1x12 Bass Combo Review Roundup

May 20, 2015
We size-up four surprisingly versatile sub-$500 amps from Ampeg, Hartke, Fender, and Ashdown.
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Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: 2002 Folk-Art Fender Strat

May 17, 2015
Can you get a good deal if you buy a guitar on the sidewalk?
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Raw Gems: John McCauley of Diamond Rugs

May 14, 2015
Deer Tick’s guitarist/frontman discusses Cosmetics, the new album from his all-star second band.
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Rig Rundown: John Fogerty Band

May 13, 2015
We get the lowdown on the former CCR frontman’s rather surprising road gear (including his vintage Les Pauls and rare “bat guitar”), and talk to son and co-guitarist Shane Fogerty about his setup.
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Violent Invention: The Creatively Aggressive Guitar Work of Mackenzie “Torres” Scott

May 12, 2015
The woman known as Torres is a singer, songwriter, and 6-string sound designer.
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Tools for the Task: String Changing Accessories

May 8, 2015
Take the hassle of changing strings down a few notches.
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Courtney Barnett: The New Sensation

April 30, 2015
The rising Aussie guitarist with wonderfully weird tones and an oddball sense of humor.
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Built to Spill’s Doug Martsch: The Lure of Limitations

April 23, 2015
The first album in six years from Idaho’s greatest export since the potato.
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The Gear Behind SXSW

April 21, 2015
Get familiar with some hot, new bands and their road-tested rigs.
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Ask Amp Man: Restoring a 1979 Fender Twin Reverb

April 19, 2015
A modded monster regains its former “glory.”
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Swervedriver: Shoegazers Ride Again

April 14, 2015
After 17 years of studio silence, Adam Franklin and Jim Hartridge bring back the noise.
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Noel Gallagher: High Flying Birdman

April 7, 2015
Twenty years after Oasis’s biggest hits, Noel Gallagher isn’t looking back—in anger or otherwise.
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Rig Rundown: Murder by Death

March 25, 2015
Down-tuned axes and a thirst for experimentation fuel the rootsy indie-rock band’s sound.
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Mike Rutherford: Back in the Shop with the Mechanics

March 24, 2015
Genesis’ original guitarist marks the 25th anniversary of his other band’s greatest hit.
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Rig Rundown: Maroon 5’s James Valentine [2015]

March 12, 2015
The mega-selling pop outfit’s 6-string guru shows us his vintage Teles, Matchless and Suhr amps, and ultra-flexible pedal and rack setup.
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Fender American Standard Jaguar Bass Review

March 11, 2015
The indie-minded 4-string gets upgraded with stellar hardware and extraordinarily flexible electronics.
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Ask Amp Man: Tweaking a Fender Champ II

February 22, 2015
The rare Fender Champ II—and some ways to improve it.
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Vintage Vault: 1963 Fender Esquire Custom and 1962 Fender Super

February 1, 2015
The refined update of Fender’s first standard solidbody.
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Rig Rundown: Four Year Strong

January 28, 2015
The melodic hardcore pop-punkers dish the dirt on dirty gear.
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Fender Releases Dave Murrary Stratocaster and Sergio Vallín Signature Model

January 26, 2015
Murrary's guitar combines time-honored Strat tradition with the modern roar of three Seymour Duncan humbucking pickups.
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