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June 2011

AXL Badwater USA 1216 Guitar Review

May 17, 2011
Download Example 1 Bridge Pickup Download Example 2 Neck Pickup Clips recorded using Fryette S.A.S. distortion pedal, Fender Pro Junior amp, Planet Waves Custom Pro cables, and Apogee Duet
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Rivera Amplification Blues Shaman and Double Shaman Pedal Reviews

May 17, 2011
Paul Rivera’s amplifiers and effects are impressive by any standard. His work reflects a remarkable breadth of knowledge and intuition about the real musical applications for amplifiers and effects. The
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CD Review: Raphael Saadiq - "Stone Rollin'"

May 17, 2011
Raphael Saadiq Stone Rollin’ Columbia Since his days as bassist/vocalist in the soul/R&B group Tony! Toni! Toné! in the late ’80s and ’90s, Raphael Saadiq has quietly worked as a
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1930 Gibson L-1

May 17, 2011
The iconic Delta-blues guitar: Gibson’s L-1. With its plain headstock and simple one-ply body binding, this L-1 projects an understated—even utilitarian—vibe. The L-1 began as part of Gibson’s archtop
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Satellite Mudshark Amp Review

May 17, 2011
The Mudshark’s design specs owe a lot to the famed Supro Thunderbolt amplifier from the mid ’60s.
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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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Adjusting Stratocaster Pickup Height, Pt.1

May 17, 2011
1) The distance we’re measuring is from the bottom of the string (pressed against the last fret) to the top of the pickup magnet. 2) The tools: a screwdriver
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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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Builder Profile: Charles Fox

May 17, 2011
Through his innovative steel-string designs, widely used guitar-building tools, and highly influential American School of Lutherie, this restless builder from Portland, Oregon, has had a remarkable impact on guitar making.
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CD Review: Neil Young - "A Treasure"

May 17, 2011
Neil Young A Treasure Reprise A few explanations are in order to understand what’s going on with this new live album. It contains material from Young’s ’84- ’85 tour with
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Beyond Blues: The Composite Blues Scale

May 17, 2011
As we know, a standard blues progression is made up of three dominant-7th chords—the I, IV, and V. This month, we’re going to look at some cool ways to
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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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Fear of Digital

May 17, 2011
The architecture of a basic DSP system. Digital. The very mention of the word causes many guitarists to wince, conjuring memories of harsh, inspiration-crushing tone from early rack gear
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Trace Acoustic TA200 Amp Review

May 17, 2011
Download Example 1 Reverb Download Example 2 Reverb Pushing Compressor Download Example 3 Cycling through effects Way back when dinosaurs roamed the coffee houses, Trace Elliot made one of
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Fryette S.A.S. And Boostassio Pedal Reviews

May 17, 2011
A couple of decades ago, Steven Fryette built the prototypes that would become VHT’s Pittbull series— handbuilt tube amps that became known for their crushing sound and great durability.
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: How to Practice Pole-Vaulting

May 17, 2011
Have you watched pole-vaulters on the Olympics? I’ve always wondered what a lesson for a beginning pole-vaulter might look like. How do you practice something like this slowly? I
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Kick Out the Jams: Guitar Gamelan

May 17, 2011
In Umphrey’s McGee, we really like to turn rhythm on its head and are constantly in search of cool ways to change up a boring stock riff. In this
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Raveonettes: Grave-Pop Serenades

May 17, 2011
The Raveonettes’ Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo talk about their ambient-rock evolution on "Raven in the Grave", strategies for avoiding pattern-based songwriting, and how multiple reverb pedals can create a harmonically raging wall of sound.
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Cow-Skull Guitars and a Builder Named Boaz

May 17, 2011
Slicing a cow skull to make interior braces for a custom guitar. Photo by peckhammer Next to the 1954 Stratocaster (serial number 0168) sitting on my repair bench, I’ve
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1953 Epiphone Zephyr Emperor Regent

May 17, 2011
Building off of the popularity of their banjos in the 1920s, as well as lessons learned from a brief experiment in the guitar realm with their smaller Recording models,
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