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December 2014

Gear Blog

Guitars Worth Leaving Behind

June 6, 2013
An interesting yet disturbing trend of late in the vintage-guitar market is perfectly correct instruments being parted out to meet the demand for rare hardware.
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Henry Kaiser’s 5 Essential Effects

June 5, 2013
Kaiser's can't-live-without effects explained
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Designing and Ordering a Custom Guitar, Pt. 3

May 11, 2013
Some of the cosmetic aspects you’ll need to determine for your custom instrument.
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Ignore a Modern AC30’s Standby Switch?

May 11, 2013
This amp has a history of eating power tubes and rectifier tubes.
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Further Adventures in Fretboard Design

May 11, 2013
Several alternative approaches to the pesky problem of bass intonation.
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The ABCs of Compression

May 11, 2013
What’s the difference between opto, FET, VCA or tube compressors? Learn this and more in our primer.
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Control Your Pedals with the Wave of a Hand

April 15, 2013
The Hot Hand took tone tweaking off the floor, allowing players an unprecedented degree of freedom and versatility when controlling an effect parameter.
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Cutaway Cigar Box Guitar with Higgins Bender

April 15, 2013
A few years ago, this CBG caught my eye on eBay because it kind of resembled a jazz guitar with its deep 3" body, cutaway, and fetching trim.
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Guitars from Thin Air

April 15, 2013
Imagining and drawing an instrument is only the beginning. You have to make sure that it will physically work. Shapes that look great on paper can be impractical to replicate in the real world.
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Telecaster Obsession

April 15, 2013
Let’s review our Tele history and get some insights from one of the best Tele masters alive, Greg Koch.
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