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Hagstrom Super Swede

March 11, 2013
The Les Paul-influenced Swede was first introduced in 1970, while the higher-end Super Swede (originally called the Swede DeLuxe) was introduced circa 1977.
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The B-String Extender Myth

March 11, 2013
While adding higher-pitched strings to a bass was a no-brainer, the low B often caused problems.
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Standards of the Industry

March 11, 2013
With the availability of standard parts like the potentiometers shown here, along with today’s CNC technology, are most modern-day guitars actually built, or are they really just assembled?
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A Piezo Pioneer

March 11, 2013
Dig into the inner workings of the Takamine PT-007S, one of the earliest—and most successfully integrated—amplified acoustic guitars.
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1969 Univox U-250 Uni-Fuzz

March 11, 2013
Its sound is very intense and fat, but still is responsive to how your guitar volume is set—lots of shades of fuzz and destruction to be had.
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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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