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SX Hawk MN P90

April 6, 2012
The P-90s make the guitar sound full and very Gibson-ish, while the Strat-style body, neck, and bridge give it more of Fender vibe.
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Perfectly Imperfect

April 6, 2012
Over time, I’ve become fond of what some might call imperfection. It might be a flubbed note on Live at Leeds, or a semitone of flatness on a Neil Young vocal.
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Tone Stacking With Two Amps

April 6, 2012
If you want to use two amps simultaneously, there are some things you need to know before you flip on those power switches.
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Resuscitating a Sound City Concord Combo

April 6, 2012
Once I pulled the chassis on this cool vintage combo, I was stunned to see a couple of melted ceramic resistors.
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5 Essential Jazzmaster Maintenance Tips

March 28, 2012
How to keep your Jazzmaster rock solid on the road.
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Using Pedals And Maintaining Good Tone

March 21, 2012
Peter Thorn discusses the available options for setting up a killer pedalboard that doesn''t kill your primary tone.
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Tele Control Plate Mods

March 9, 2012
Fig. 1 The reversed control plate with the 3-way switch at the rear. Fig. 2. Wiring for the reversed control plate with the volume pot in the front position,
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Guarding Your Guitar

March 9, 2012
Pickguards are an easy way to customize your guitar, but different materials may slightly affect your instrument’s sound. If you’ve ever wondered why some guitars sport a pickguard and
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Choosing Your Gear for a Pub Gig

March 9, 2012
Once upon a time, acoustic guitarists needed to haul a van’s worth of gear to a gig to amplify their instruments and vocals. Today’s sound-reinforcement gear is far more
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Getting A Grip on Turbulent Tuning

March 9, 2012
Tuner design, mass, and material have an effect on tone. Replacing the stock tuners on this guitar with a set of low-mass locking tuners with brass cams yielded more
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Resuscitating A Ruined '56 Fender Esquire

March 9, 2012
1. To repair the hacked-up body of this ’56 Esquire, I cut replacement pieces from old ash and shaped them to graft back into the guitar. 2. Today’s commercial
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Rare Bird - The Sound City Concord Combo

March 9, 2012
1. The rare Sound City Concord. This dual EL34 2x12 combo even sports an output level meter. 2. Yow! This tube socket has high-voltage burn marks between the pins,
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Gretsch Bikini Bass and Guitar

March 9, 2012
LEFT: Introduced in 1961, the Gretsch Bikini features removable and interchangeable guitar and bass necks rigged with onboard electronics. MIDDLE: To facilitate travel, the Bikini’s body is cut in
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How to Build A Recording Rig, PT. 2

March 9, 2012
1. The Delta 44 interface from M-Audio features a PCI card that mounts inside a computer, and then connects to an external box with audio inputs and outputs. 2.
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Read the Manual and Find Those Treats

March 9, 2012
The box that changed my viewpoint on reading manuals: The Electro-Harmonix 2880 Stereo Multi- Track Looper. I wish I’d dug into this five years ago. This month I want
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My Gibson J-45 Skull Guitar

March 9, 2012
This was once a Gibson J-45—we think. Now, it looks like a cross between Edvard Munch’s painting “The Scream” and the townspeople in Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.
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Dad’s Old Guitar

February 10, 2012
It had been his dad’s guitar since the age of 16, when his uncle bought it for him around 1940 at a pawnshop in Roanoke, Virginia.
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Covering The Tonal Bases Part 2: Amps

February 10, 2012
Like most guitarists, I own several different amps. That way, depending on the style of music I’m playing on the road, I can achieve the different sounds I need.
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Maxwell’s Silver Hammer of the Gods

February 10, 2012
In 1830, Michael Faraday submitted his most famous piece of scientific legislation‚ and this bit of genius described the physics that allows guitar pickups to exist.
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Martin Style Types

February 10, 2012
Style numbers indicate the construction materials and appointments of the guitar, and this system allows for several combinations between body shapes and styles.
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