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December 2014

Gear Blog

When Neck and Body Meet

November 5, 2012
A guitar’s neck joint is one of the most critical components in the transfer of vibrations—but it’s not always just about tone. One option is the glued-in, set-neck joint,
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The Truest Bypass

November 5, 2012
The Vertex Dual Buffer sports separate input and output buffer circuits, each designed for its specific task. Photo courtesy of Vertex Effects What could be better than having “true”
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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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