October 2016

DIY

Ask Amp Man: Upping the Gain on a Super Reverb

September 26, 2016
How to get more drive with a simple mod.
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How to Buy a Used Amp

July 22, 2016
Tim Schroeder—amp builder for Jeff Tweedy and Nels Cline—offers seven tips for avoiding the post-purchase blues.
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Guitar Shop 101: How to Repair Delaminated Neck Binding

June 21, 2016
Got some loose fretboard binding? No worries—here are a few easy steps to fix it.
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Thurston Moore Gets His Yuri Landman / Premier Guitar DIY Drone Guitar

June 9, 2016
Check out the new video footage of Yuri and Thurston chatting about the instrument’s unusual design, then watch Moore test the guitar at a gig the same night.
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Mod Garage: Restoring Vintage Guitar Tuners

June 3, 2016
Old tuners can seize up—especially if they haven’t been used in years—but it’s not hard to bring them back to life.
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Mojotone Introduces the Studio One Amplifier Kit

May 31, 2016
A DIY kit that can drive anything from a 1x8 speaker cabinet all the way up to a 4x12 without breaking noise regulations.
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Guitar Shop 101: Curing Sticky-Neck Syndrome

May 20, 2016
Do you feel like you’re fighting your guitar’s neck? Here’s how to create that smooth, “played-in” feel.
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DIY: It’s Alive!

April 29, 2016
Luthier Frank Falbo on the Dos and Don’ts of building a parts guitar.
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Mod Kits DIY Introduces the Step Ladder

April 29, 2016
The Step Ladder is ideal for anything from getting a slight boost while playing single-note acoustic guitar leads or for jumping from clean to overdrive in a high-gain electric guitar amp.
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DIY: Thurston Moore’s Drone Guitar Project

April 21, 2016
Dutch experimental builder Yuri Landman creates a microtonal avant-rock playground for the former Sonic Youth axeman.
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Guitar Shop 101: How to Replace a Zero Fret

April 15, 2016
Learn how a zero fret functions and why it sometimes needs to be replaced.
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DIY: Lap It Up

April 14, 2016
Convert an acoustic or electric 6-string into a soulful tone machine for just a few bucks.
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Guitar Shop 101: The ABCs of Output Jacks

March 25, 2016
Passive pickups, active electronics, and acoustic-electric guitars with dual-pickup sources all require different types of output jacks. Do you know how to wire them up?
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Recording Guitarist: A Music Memo Demo

March 14, 2016
Apple’s new Music Memos app is a godsend for guitarists on the go.
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Ask Amp Man: Reviving an Alamo Fury

March 2, 2016
A dead amp bought for next to nothing might—with a few inexpensive fixes—become a new workhorse.
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Decoding Modern MIDI Guitar

February 25, 2016
New technologies make it easier than ever to access electronic sounds from your fretboard.
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Guitar Shop 101: “Decking” a Stratocaster Trem

February 19, 2016
It’s not for everyone, but locking down a Strat trem can resolve many tuning issues.
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Guitar Shop 101: Five Ways to Use a Digital Multimeter

January 8, 2016
This handy tool can be a guitarist’s best friend.
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Cap and (Pot) Trade

October 29, 2015
Pickup guru Frank Falbo on tweaking your guitar’s tone with nothing more than a soldering iron and a few components worth the change in your pocket.
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Soldering 101: A Step-by-Step Guide

October 26, 2015
Learn to solder like a pro in this easy-to-follow demonstration.
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