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Ibanez Custom Agent

November 5, 2012
With a missing pickguard, likely non-original pickups, replacement knobs, and tarnished hardware, this Ibanez Custom Agent is worth only about half of its value in excellent condition. Hi Zach,
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Tightening Up A 1972 Fender Deluxe Reverb

October 8, 2012
This 22-watt Fender Deluxe Reverb is one of the world’s classic 1x12 combos. Hi Jeff, I have a 1972 Fender Deluxe Reverb. It sounds great, so I don’t want
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The Epiphone Emperor Swingster - A Poor Man's 6120?

October 8, 2012
1. Ready to rumble! A hollowbody Epiphone Emperor Swingster. 2. Officially called the “Wire Handle,” this is the trem arm Chet Atkins preferred on his Bigsby. The guitar’s overwound
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Larrivée OM-10

October 8, 2012
TOP: With its quality tonewoods, high-end appointments, and detailed inlay work, a pre-owned Larrivée OM- 10 is a relative bargain considering its current value of $1,600 to $2,000. BOTTOM:
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What the Heck is with that Neck?

October 8, 2012
Fig. 1: Standard neck shapes. Fig. 2: A trapeze neck profile. Fig. 3: A wave neck profile. Do you remember how you chose your first bass? There’s a good
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The Console and Open Source Effects

October 8, 2012
Devi Ever’s Console III—a radically new way of looking at effects pedals. It seems the boutique effects market has finally gone mainstream, and as builders make a mad dash
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A Weekend Warrior's Guide to Luthier and Woodworking Trivia

October 8, 2012
If you ever find yourself in need of some guitar trivia—perhaps on a long van ride home from a weekend gig—here are some nuggets you can trot out when you need to perk up a conversation or keep the driver awake.
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Choosing the Right DAW for Your Studio

October 8, 2012
LEFT: Ableton’s Live is an excellent tool if your productions use extensive audio and MIDI loops. RIGHT: A relative newcomer to the DAW game, Studio One from PreSonus offers
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Adventures in Tone Travel

October 8, 2012
Imagine your guitar’s tone vibrations as little commuters zipping down the strings with the intention to proceed into the wood grain and then back again.
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Piezo and Optical Bass Pickups

September 5, 2012
The piezo transducer has mainly found its niche in acoustic instruments, while optical pickups still fight for visibility.
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Meet My Tele Choir

September 5, 2012
Ah, the good old Telecaster. Yes, it’s hard to play—at least in comparison to some guitars—but I view it as one of the most flexible recording and gigging guitars around.
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Musical Magic and the Guitar-Gear Medic Bag

September 5, 2012
Supporting our passion requires lots of practical consideration and planning, and this includes creating a guitar-gear medic bag.
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Saddle Up, Amigo

September 5, 2012
We’ll now look at the specific elements in the amplification signal chain in more detail.
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G&L ASAT Z Special Classic

September 5, 2012
We took a semi-hollow G&L ASAT Classic, installed an elongated ashtray bridge plate, and stuck a Z-coil pickup in the bridge position and an ASAT Special pickup (minus the cover) at the neck.
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That Modern Country Sound

September 5, 2012
The guitar sound of modern country is 70 percent ’70s-style rock and 30 percent twang.
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Replacing the Soundboard on a 1977 Martin D-35, PT. 2

September 5, 2012
After concluding that the damage was so severe that the top could not be restored without compromising the guitar’s sound—not to mention its looks—I began the process of outfitting this fine instrument with a replacement soundboard.
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Peavey Fury 6 Bass

September 5, 2012
This Fury is my go-to bass! I love it and I’m interested in the history of Fury basses, but there appears to be some different variations.
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More On Monitoring Sound In Your Studio

September 5, 2012
Let’s continue our discussion about what I consider to be the most critical component in a studio’s signal path for achieving great results: studio monitors.
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Guitars and Pop Culture

September 5, 2012
There have always been commercial products vying for consumer dollars via the lowest common denominator, and musical instruments are no exception.
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Music Man 112RD-50 Combo

August 10, 2012
I have an old Music Man amp and I’ve always wondered about the connection between Music Man and Fender amps.
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