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Upkeep

Tweaking a Silvertone 1484

October 18, 2011
The reverb and tremolo work fairly well, but could be stronger. Do you have any suggestions for making this amp all it can be?
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Restoring a ’72 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe

September 20, 2011
This time around, we’ll begin restoring the guitar based on last month''s diagnoses.
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Goosing a Supro Thunderbolt S6420

September 20, 2011
A Supro S6420 with volume issues.
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Evaluating a '72 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe

August 16, 2011
Every guitar that comes into our shop is first thoroughly examined using an assortment of tools and techniques.
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Come on Feel the Noise

August 16, 2011
Let’s take a look at noise in guitar rigs and see how we can reduce and control it.
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Souping up a Sound X-305-R

August 16, 2011
I recently had an unusual combo come across my bench, and I felt it would make a great topic for a column.
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Bridge Work On A ’74 Gibson Flattop

July 19, 2011
I was concerned that the wafer-thin bridge would develop cracks between each bridge-pin hole—and also possibly bust out at the front.
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Replacing the Bridge on a '74 Gibson Flattop

June 14, 2011
As I was examining the guitar, my eyes were drawn to six black bridge pins protruding from its wafer-thin rosewood bridge and strings that were sloping over a rickety, bottomed-out plastic saddle.
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How to Avoid Your Chiropractor: Playing Guitar Without Breaking Your Back

June 1, 2011
From overextended shoulders to back pain to carpal-tunnel, our passion has a way of beating us up. We caught up with an experienced chiropractor for the science behind what's making us hurt, and exercises we can do to make it better.
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Dusting Off a Pignose G40V

May 17, 2011
Dear Amp Man, Please write a column about the Pignose G40V. I have not used mine in five years, so I’m curious what’s necessary to get it up and running.
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Steaming out Dents in a ’71 Medallion Flying V

May 17, 2011
When it comes to Gibson’s Flying V guitars, most V fanatics rank the Medallion model as one of the most desirable. In 1971, Gibson made a limited edition of
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Sale Proof

May 17, 2011
“Sale proof ” is a term dealers use for a bass or other instrument that is a slow and difficult sale. We’re going to discuss sale proof basses and the
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Be Your Own Builder

May 4, 2011
A guitarist takes gear repair and building into his own hands.
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1920s Slingerland Maybell Banjo Uke

April 19, 2011
A Maybell banjo uke in need of some work on the tension hoop.
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Oy! Packing and Shipping Woes

April 19, 2011
Practical advice on packing an instrument for safe shipping
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The Low End: Sometimes the Good Guys Win

March 15, 2011
This is the true saga of the recent theft and recovery of one of my basses. This bass is very expensive and a very special instrument. The crazy thing is,
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Restoring an Original: Potentiometer Restoration, Pt. 2

March 15, 2011
Last month, we started an unusual project—restoring a vintage IRC pot that had originally been installed on a stunning 1954 Gibson Les Paul. This pot had been replaced with a
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Restoring an Original: Potentiometer Restoration

February 15, 2011
Bringing a ''54 Les Paul back to 100 percent original by restoring its single pot
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Ask Amp Man: Bringing A Gibson Duo-Medalist Back to Life, Pt. 1

February 15, 2011
Raising the cool factor and tone of a lackluster Duo-Medalist
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Finishing A Neck Reset On a 1952 Goldtop Les Paul

January 17, 2011
In this, the third and final phase of our adventure, we complete the very challenging repair and restoration job.
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