December 2016

Gear Blog

Build Your Own Series Resistance Box

March 11, 2013
Here’s a super-simple device that will let you coax new sounds from your fuzz pedal.
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Simplify Your Life: Portable Power Tools for the Modern Guitarist

February 4, 2013
Compact yet loaded with effects, amp modeling, built-in speakers and much more, the eBand JS-10 from Roland is an ultra-portable practice station. Remember the ’80s? I’m talking about crazy
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What Does a Pedal Sound Like?

February 4, 2013
Distorting a guitar signal generates more harmonics. With more harmonics, your amplifier’s inherent tone becomes more dominant. Unlike a tree falling in the woods, a pedal won’t make a
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Custom or Boutique?

February 4, 2013
LEFT: For an instrument to be boutique, it should be in some way personal. MIDDLE: Mike Sabre builds basses with passion. This is his new Dominique Di Piazza Signature
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Designing and Ordering a Custom Guitar, PT. 2

February 4, 2013
Prized for its beauty, koa possesses tonal characteristics similar to mahogany when used as a back and sides wood, and is one option to consider when planning your custom
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It's a Mod, Mod, Mod, Mod World

February 4, 2013
If you’re even marginally into guitar gear, you won’t have any trouble envisioning the vast conceptual chasm that opened before us when we decided to do a series of
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Private Domain: The Sound Ethics Laboratory

February 4, 2013
Today’s increasingly sophisticated technology is making it easier and easier to identically duplicate the sound of a particular manufacturer’s instrument, amp, or effect. Once cloned, who then really owns
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Addressing Home-Studio Hums

February 4, 2013
I’ve received a flurry of questions from readers lately, so for this month’s column, I thought I’d share my responses to a handful of them in hopes that we can
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NAMM 2013 Editors' Picks - Day 4

January 27, 2013
PG editors Shawn Hammond, Charles Saufley, and Rich Osweiler pick their favorites from the last day of the show.
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NAMM 2013 Editors' Picks - Day 3

January 26, 2013
PG Editors pick their top gear from the third day of NAMM.
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NAMM 2013 Editors' Picks - Day 2

January 25, 2013
PG Editors pick their top gear from the second day of NAMM.
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NAMM 2013 Editors' Picks - Day 1

January 24, 2013
PG editors Shawn Hammond, Charles Saufley, Rich Osweiler, and Rebecca Dirks pick their favorites from the first day of the show.
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Wenge: The New Brazilian?

January 9, 2013
I prefer woods that are “live,” regardless of their grain, figure, or color.
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The Ultra-Flexible Esquire Wiring, PT. 1

January 9, 2013
Essentially, the idea is to squeeze as many useable sounds as possible from a single-pickup Esquire.
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The Ergonomic Bass

January 9, 2013
The idea that one instrument can be optimized for all musical styles, situations, and players is an illusion, and many new luthiers have to learn this the hard way.
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The Unplanned Obedience Test

January 9, 2013
One of the things I love about the musical-instrument business is how the market itself constantly outwits and torments manufacturers.
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DAW Collaboration Roulette

December 10, 2012
Exchanging DAW files with collaborators can be a frustrating challenge
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Bass Guitar Bodies: Fact or Fiction?

December 10, 2012
And when it comes to an instrument being qualified for a style of music, it’s odd how the body’s shape and color can delude us.
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Everything at Hand

December 10, 2012
While still in high school, a friend and I embarked upon the creation of an amplifier company in the basement of my parent’s apartment building.
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Epiphone Limited Edition Riviera Custom Royale P93

December 10, 2012
With all its ornamentation, this Epi reminded me of a ’60s Gretsch White Falcon. The only problem was, it was also kind of pricey.
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