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State of the Stomp: Overdriven to Tears

June 15, 2016
Why are there so many overdrive pedals on the market? It’s your fault!
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Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Fender “Bluesbird” Telecaster

June 6, 2016
When you find a guitar that’s been modified exactly how you like, buy it.
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State of the Stomp: In Defense of Noise

April 1, 2016
In the real world, noise happens.
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State of the Stomp: The Noise of Art

February 17, 2016
Today’s unwanted sounds may become the aural delights of tomorrow.
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Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Epiphone 50th Anniversary “1962” Sorrento E452TDN Reissue

December 3, 2015
A possible factory second turns out to be a first-class guitar.
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State of the Stomp: Imagine All the Pedals

November 3, 2015
Whether you play bass or guitar, you’d better stick to “your kind” of stomps. Or maybe not.
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Vintage Vault: 1967 Fender Smuggler’s Tele

November 2, 2015
Odds are you’ve never encountered one of Fender’s vintage “weight-relieved” Telecasters.
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Reader Guitar of the Month: Jackson Explorer

October 9, 2015
Check out a custom Jackson Explorer that was modded with medical equipment parts.
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Vintage Vault: 1972 Fender Jaguar

August 12, 2015
In its day, the Jaguar was Fender’s top-of-the-line model.
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State of the Stomp: The Golden Age of Echo

July 28, 2015
Digital delays can cover 75 percent of the echo sounds you need. So what’s the other 25 percent?
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Acoustic Soundboard: Dawn of the Specialists

March 8, 2015
Guitar collecting is alive and well, but the game has changed.
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Vintage Vault: 1962 Gretsch 6196 Country Club

February 16, 2015
Gretsch’s first cutaway electrics made their debut in 1951. Discover when the Cadillac Green 6196 joined the Country Club line.
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Tools for the Task: Slides

February 11, 2015
A look at some of the slide options available today.
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State of the Stomp: A Solid Case For Doing It Wrong

February 9, 2015
Why it’s good to question pedalboard “rules.”
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Esoterica Electrica: Looking Past a Nice Body

January 18, 2015
Like the proverbial chicken or the egg question, is it the neck or the body?
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Acoustic Soundboard: Grading Tonewoods—Tops

December 29, 2014
Beauty is only skin deep when it comes to choosing the right tonewoods for your dream guitar.
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Trash or Treasure: Magnatone Custom 440

December 25, 2014
True treasures can literally be found in the trash.
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Bass Bench: The Hybrid Fretted/Fretless Electric Bass

December 4, 2014
Can bassists have two worlds at their fingertips?
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Acoustic Soundboard: Ladder-Bracing Revival

December 3, 2014
Ladder-bracing has an interesting foothold in the history, and future, of guitar making.
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Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: 1967 Quad-Pickup Ibanez 996 MaxiTone

December 1, 2014
When a trio of pickups just won’t do, try a quartet.
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