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Gear Blog

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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Happy Accidents

June 14, 2011
If you accidentally capture a track from a mic that was set up in the middle of nowhere, who cares?
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Making a Case for Attorney Rock

June 14, 2011
When lawyers, CEOs, doctors, and other big-money professionals pick up a guitar, people tend to wince.
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Replacing the Bridge on a '74 Gibson Flattop

June 14, 2011
As I was examining the guitar, my eyes were drawn to six black bridge pins protruding from its wafer-thin rosewood bridge and strings that were sloping over a rickety, bottomed-out plastic saddle.
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Ode to Gear

June 14, 2011
Whether you’re a bedroom player on a limited budget or touring the world in a major band, we’re all in the same boat: We love gear. It makes us happy.
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Pignose G40V Amp Mods

June 14, 2011
If you wish to use a line out simply to send a signal to the power section of another larger head or power amp, then a very basic line out will do the job.
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A Day in the Life of a Luthier

June 14, 2011
Mark Dalton takes you from open to close as the head of Huss & Dalton
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The Monster Board

June 14, 2011
Having a large pedalboard with different output options allows me to have a vast palette of tones available at the stomp of a switch. In this month’s Tone Tips, I’ll give you an overview of what I call my Monster Board.
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Amp Brand Bass Amplifier

June 14, 2011
AMP brand amplifiers seem to have a cult-like status and a small, but loyal following.
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