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May 2014

Gigging Advice

What's the Rush?

February 4, 2013
Has anyone tracked more mind-blowing, finger-crippling solos than Brent Mason? Photo by Ariel Ellis Just before Thanksgiving, I lead the band for The Scotty McCreery and Friends Christmas Special
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I Lost A Fight with an Elevator

January 9, 2013
Having $6,000 worth of gear— including my beloved Les Paul— stolen from my van was just the beginning of my Thanksgiving-weekend woes. Letting my anger get the better of me only compounded the problem. But with some astounding luck, professional counsel, and hard work, I eventually emerged victorious.
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Don't Turn it Down ... Control Your Volume

January 9, 2013
There are plenty of great options out there for controlling stage volume.
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Choosing the right Rig for the Gig

December 10, 2012
No two gigs are the same
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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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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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Secrets of Signal Flow

July 9, 2012
Top: A peek inside a Dunlop DVP1 volume pedal reveals a 250k pot that’s well suited for passive pickups and preserving highend frequencies. Bottom: Wiring job in progress. A
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Can’t Find a Gig? Make One

June 19, 2012
Opportunities are everywhere for enterprising, creative performers who are not afraid to make something happen.
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Recipes for Non-Guitar Sounds

June 8, 2012
Following are some tonal recipes to add to your sound cookbook.
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Trial by Fire: Your First Pub Gig

June 8, 2012
Holding your excitement in check, you pack up your gear and head out for the club.
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