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December 2011

Best of 2011: Premier Gear Awards

November 15, 2011
Step right up, ladies and gents. You''re about to revisit 21 pieces of gear that gave us the proverbial slap upside the head, left us shaking in our seats, begging for more, and screaming at the thought of living in their absence. Welcome to the parade of 2011 Premier Gear Award winners.
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Lemons to Lemonade

November 15, 2011
I have touched on the many challenges we and most other builders face every day, so when you’re at your job thinking, “I’d give anything to be making guitars all day long,” you will know that though it has its moments, it also has its moments—if you know what I mean.
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Resurrecting A 1965 Shoreline Gold Fender Strat

November 15, 2011
As I checked out this cool Strat, it became immediately clear why it was brought to us. Ouch! Someone had decided to rock out and install a Floyd Rose locking nut and tremolo.
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The Rumble Seat: A Fretless Bass Manifesto

November 15, 2011
I was determined to find what this fretless sound was all about.
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Fender Squier Classic Vibe Duo-Sonic

November 15, 2011
The older Duo- Sonics seemed pretty pricey, but it turns out Fender offers a Duo-Sonic as one of the models in its Squier Classic Vibe series.
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Harmony Archtone H1213

November 15, 2011
There are hundreds of thousands of Harmony guitars out there, and though these are mostly entry-level instruments, they’re very much a part of guitar history.
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Album Review: Russian Circles - "Empros"

November 15, 2011
Empros is the album Russian Circles have been striving to concoct since the band’s inception seven years ago.
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Stratocaster Parallel/Series Switching

November 15, 2011
In this and next month’s column, we’ll explore parallel/series pickup switching schemes for the single-coil pickups in your Strat.
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How To Install A Replacement Pickup

November 15, 2011
Have you ever wanted to replace the pickups in one of your electrics, but were hesitant to tackle the job? No worries! John LeVan—an ace guitar repairman in Nashville—takes you step-by-step through the process.
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Album Review: Carolyn Wonderland - "Peace Meal"

November 15, 2011
Wonderland’s chops are strongly melodic, and she doesn’t get bogged down in riff-based noodling; it’s some of the most musical playing I’ve heard in a long time, and some of the hottest, too.
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