December 2016

September 2009

The Little Magnatone That Could

September 9, 2009
When Tim runs into a dangerous power situation in an old Magnatone lap steel amp, he''s tasked with completely reimagining the project.
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All You Need is... Bass!

August 19, 2009
A pretty pile of basses
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How NOT to Play Bass like a Guitar Player Playing Bass

August 19, 2009
Pro bassists weigh in on the differences between how guitarists and bassists approach the instrument
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The Bebop Bridge: Ideas for approaching the B Section

August 19, 2009
Ideas for approaching the “B” Section and its common chord changes
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Claudio Pagelli

August 19, 2009
Four beauties to celebrate Claudio Pagelli''s 30th anniversary
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New Speaker Plug for an Ampeg B-15-N

August 19, 2009
An Ampeg B-15-N without a speaker plug
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Peavey Studio Special 1.5 Amp Review

August 19, 2009
Peavey dives into the low-wattage boutique market with signature affordability
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Bass Collection SB401

August 19, 2009
The origins of a "Bass Collection" bass from the eighties
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Komet 19 Amp Head Review

August 19, 2009
The Komet 19 can be summed up as such: small amp, huge tone.
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1935 Rickenbacker Electro Spanish

August 19, 2009
In an historical sense, the Rickenbacker Electro Spanish is certainly one of the most interesting models, as it was the first commercially produced, American-made electric guitar with a standard or
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Escape From the Dog House: Fender's Bass Revolution

August 19, 2009
When Leo Fender invented the instrument he called a Precision Bass, he had modest goals. As he later told music journalist Tom Wheeler, “We needed to free the bass player from the big doghouse, the acoustic bass. That thing was usually confined to the back of the band, and the bass player couldn’t get up to the mic to sing. And … guitar players would have an advantage if they could have an instrument with frets that would make doubling on bass easier for them.”
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Stratocaster with Individual On/Off Switches

August 19, 2009
How to add individual on/off switches for each pickup to your Strat
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"I'm the rhythm guitarist..."

August 19, 2009
Peter Stroud''s tips to becoming a great rhythm guitarist
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Chops versus Groove

August 19, 2009
How to get in a groove by laying off on a chops extravaganza
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Double Stop Licks: Country-style Dyad Phrases

August 19, 2009
Spice up your country chops with double stop licks
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Sneak Peek: Line 6 Spider IV

August 19, 2009
Line 6 recently unveiled their new Spider IV line; here''s the details on the amps
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Carvin BX500 Amp and BR410 Neo Cab Review

August 19, 2009
The BX500 features a lot of watts packed into a small package for a portable, flexible bass amp option
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Billy Gibbons: The Slow Blues Style of ZZ Top's Head Honcho

August 19, 2009
Learning the Lightnin'' Hopkins influenced side of ZZ Top''s Billy Gibbons
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Tone Freak Abunai 2 Pedal Review

August 19, 2009
The Abunai 2 offers a great variety of overdriven tones
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Austin's Real Animal: Alejandro Escovedo

August 19, 2009
Escovedo is a talented, eclectic guitarist from Austin who''s starting to steal the title, "Austin''s favorite son."
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