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The Secret of Peter Green’s Tone

August 16, 2011
In June of 1984, I had the opportunity to inspect the “Peter Green” Les Paul Standard.
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Guitar Builder or NFL Player ?

August 16, 2011
More and more young people have been coming into our shop lately, wondering how to prepare for a career as an instrument maker. Should I be the voice of reason and advise them to pursue a less exclusive career path, like the NFL?
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How to Be Armed and Ready in the Studio

August 16, 2011
Here are some tips for setting up your studio so you can quickly get into action.
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Come on Feel the Noise

August 16, 2011
Let’s take a look at noise in guitar rigs and see how we can reduce and control it.
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Heritage Super Eagle

August 16, 2011
Many players love these instruments because they have that vintage Gibson feel, without Gibson’s big-company pricing.
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Light Bulb Gear

August 16, 2011
Brett and I tried different bulbs with different wattage ratings and found that each bulb changed the tone, feel, and sag of the amp.
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Think You’ve Got the Latest, Greatest Gear?

August 16, 2011
Last Thursday, I had the honor of test-driving the world’s first antimatter guitar pickup.
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The Heavy Tone Equation

July 19, 2011
When it comes to a modern heavy tone, I usually start with a guitar that has heavy strings and active pickups, and then add a noise gate and a high-gain amp to complete the equation.
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Gibson J-160E “Norwegian Wood”

July 19, 2011
The famous Beatles song off of Rubber Soul—as well as many others—was played on a J-160E during the mid ’60s.
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Zombie-Proof Your Guitar...Now!

July 19, 2011
The problem with the guitar is that it can attract zombies.
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The Gibson Thunderbird—One of the Greatest!

July 19, 2011
The Gibson Thunderbird is the crazy drunk chick you won’t bring home to meet your mama.
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Acoustic Amplification, Pt. 1

July 19, 2011
A quick look at today’s guitar market shows that acoustic guitars are still outselling electric guitars, and that roughly half of the acoustics being sold have pickup systems already installed by the manufacturer.
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Tell Me A Story

July 19, 2011
In my experience, designers can sometimes take a myopic view of their creation and overlook small aspects that could take the design from good to great
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T. Hiles Cigar-Box Guitar

July 19, 2011
For inexplicable reasons, I’ve been bitten by the cigar-box guitar bug.
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Playing Buzzword Bingo

July 19, 2011
Marketing to trends is like shooting at a moving target—by the time you get there, the opportunity is gone. Fads move quickly, so it’s important to develop a good sense of detecting if something is just a flavor-of-the-month in order to stay away from hanging your career on it.
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Instant Capture

July 19, 2011
How many times have you come up with a great idea for a lick, riff, or song and said, “I’ve got to remember that,” but then promptly forgot it?
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5 Guitar Myths - Fact or Fiction?

July 13, 2011
Do pricey cables make a difference? Do original PAFs guarantee great tone? See Steve''s conclusions and share your take on these topics.
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5 Mistakes Guitarists Commonly Make

June 21, 2011
How you can avoid falling victim!
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Beware the Guitar

June 14, 2011
What part of the human consciousness created this instrument, this wizard’s wand, this hypnotic tool? And, more importantly, why?
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Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom P93

June 14, 2011
A triple-P-90 steal with some minor work needed
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