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The Working Guitarist: Different Approaches to Guitar Effects

March 23, 2011
Pedalboards, effects loops, or wet/dry/wet rigs, Peter Thorn explains each approach to effects.
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Stomp School: What's Inside Your Pedals?

March 15, 2011
Greetings, pedal stompers, and welcome back to Stomp School. It occurs to me that I might have lost a few of you in last month’s discussion of technologies such as
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Tone Tips from the Road: Specialty Guitar Stew

March 15, 2011
Some different qualities I look for in specialty instruments, beginning with the 6-string bass.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Checking the Guitar Market's Pulse

March 15, 2011
Though known for his beautiful steel-string flattops, Michael Gurian began his career building classical guitars. This elegant 1973 Gurian sports Brazilian rosewood back and sides and reveals the luthier’s
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Guitar Tracks: The Right Mic, Pt. 4

March 15, 2011
A modern take on classic ribbon-mic design, the Audio Engineering Associates R84 has a figure-8 polar pattern, which captures sound from both the front and rear of the capsule.
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Trash or Treasure: Alvarez 9-String Guitar

March 15, 2011
Hey Zach, Here’s an oddball for you—an Alvarez 9-string acoustic. This axe came into one of the pawnshops I frequent, and as soon as I saw it I had to
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Restoring an Original: Potentiometer Restoration, Pt. 2

March 15, 2011
Last month, we started an unusual project—restoring a vintage IRC pot that had originally been installed on a stunning 1954 Gibson Les Paul. This pot had been replaced with a
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Esoterica Electrica: Controlling Your Tone - Underrated Tools of the Trade

March 15, 2011
Our love affair with effects and aftermarket mods has raged on unabated for decades now, with no end in sight. Guitarists love widgets and constantly tinker with them to tweak
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Adventures in Amplification: Lineage of a Dumble Overdrive Special

March 9, 2011
Peek under the hood of a Dumble Overdrive Special with a unique configuration, and listen to sound clips!
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Esoterica Electrica: Soul Searching - The Secret Life of Guitars

February 15, 2011
Can a guitar have a soul? Is there a spiritual essence or energy within a well-traveled instrument?
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Signal Chain: The Evolution of The Twang Bar

February 15, 2011
Going back to the different styles tied to different tremolo bars
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Vintage Vault: 1967 Gibson EB-2 With 1967 Sunn 200s

February 15, 2011
Gibson''s second bass shared its its double-cutaway, semi-solid design with the ES-335 unveiled that same year.
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Stomp School: "Boutique or Not?" That is the Question

February 15, 2011
The points most often discussed when comparing boutique versus mass-produced products are, first, the method of production and, second, the type and quality of components.
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Guitar Tracks: The Right Mic, Pt. 3

February 15, 2011
Before you can make any sort of decision about which mic you might want to use, you need to have a firm grasp of two things: the type of mics you have in your collection, and how each of them sounds.
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Shifting Gear: Patch Cable Considerations

February 15, 2011
Whether you call it a lead, a cord, or a cable, that shielded wire that links your guitar to your amp—and your music to your audience—is a vital link in your tone chain.
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Tone Tips from the Road: Covering The Tonal Bases

February 15, 2011
Paul Allen shares some of the guitar tones he uses on a regular basis, as well as the guitars he selects to achieve those tones.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Tales of Custom Inlays

February 15, 2011
Jeff Huss details memorable custom inlays, from cheesy to heartwarming
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Trash or Treasure: The Dump Master

February 15, 2011
A severely beat Jazzmaster found in a dumpster with mojo to spare.
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GALLERY: Show Us Your Gear - Unique Instruments

February 3, 2011
Oddball, one-off, custom, and handmade guitars, amps, and effects
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Old Dog, New Tricks

January 17, 2011
Over the past few months, I’ve discovered quite a few things, thus proving the old adage that you’re never too old to learn
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