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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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Brainstorms From NAMM's Budget Basement

January 17, 2011
What is a company to do when musicians present it with exuberant, youthful input that runs counter to that company’s current course? Should it dive headlong into uncharted waters or
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The Right Mic, Pt. 2

January 17, 2011
Let’s discuss a few other important microphone characteristics and how they affect the sound the mic captures.
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Encounters With The Mad Professor

January 17, 2011
It’s amazing how unusual circumstances can connect players with great guitar equipment.
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Instrument Cables 101

January 17, 2011
Let’s venture inside the cable and look at its components, beginning with the copper wire.
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Tracking The Steel-String Guitar's Evolution, Pt. 1

January 17, 2011
In this three-part series, we’ll explore the genesis of the steel-string and look at the evolution of this versatile and intriguing stringed instrument over the last century.
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Finishing A Neck Reset On a 1952 Goldtop Les Paul

January 17, 2011
In this, the third and final phase of our adventure, we complete the very challenging repair and restoration job.
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What is "Boutique"?

January 17, 2011
We’re going to examine the word “boutique,” as applied to music gear, and consider how the defining criteria may have changed in the past few years.
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Adventures in Amplification: Lineage of a Dumble OD-100WR

January 7, 2011
Tracing the history of a purple Dumble combo with unusual circuitry
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The Working Guitarist: Your B-Rig - Getting Great Tones With Minimal Gear

December 31, 2010
Pete Thorn discusses two approaches to downsizing your rig for travel.
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The Mighty Baritone Guitar

December 21, 2010
The baritone electric is a unique, quirky instrument that can go where regular guitars can’t.
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Resetting A 1952 Goldtop Les Paul's Neck

December 21, 2010
Resetting the neck angle and replacing the neck
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The Right Mic, Part 1

December 21, 2010
Choosing the right microphone for capturing your guitar sound in the studio is an important part of crafting your recorded tone.
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The Resurrection of Uncle Bookie's Stacker

December 21, 2010
In this installment, we’ll look at what went into resurrecting and restoring the Stack Knob Jazz bass owned by Walter “Uncle Bookie” Booker.
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The Signal Chain In Your Mind

December 21, 2010
Being a Howlin’ Wolf devotee, Walter was captivated by the sound achieved by Wolf ’s guitarist, Willie Johnson, and he was on a crusade to emulate it.
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