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June 2011

1969 Guild Duane Eddy 400

May 17, 2011
Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee Duane Eddy first lassoed radio waves with his influential spaghetti-western style, single-note melodies, and eerie, low-string bends using a Gretsch Chet Atkins
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VHT Special 6 Ultra Amp Review

May 17, 2011
Download Example 1 Clean, Jazzy Download Example 2 Clean, Picked Download Example 3 Ultra Channel, Rhythm Clips recorded with a 2008 Fender American Stratocaster (clean) and 1978 Gibson Les
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Danelectro Mutant Convertible

May 17, 2011
TOP: Could this be the love child of a Danelectro Convertible, a double-lipstick Dano U2, and a Les Paul? BOTTOM: Though it looks like a humbucker, this add-on bridge
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The Secrets of Multi-Mic’ing

May 17, 2011
Mic’ing a speaker from the rear of an open-back cab can yield extra low-end booty. In this configuration, an AKG D 3500—a dynamic often used for kick drums—is positioned
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Inside Jazz: Linear Transformations, Pt. 2

May 17, 2011
In last month’s column, we learned how scales and arpeggios can be combined for the construction of line forms (“Linear Transformations,” May 2011 PG). This month, we’ll continue exploring
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Tracking the Steel-String Guitar’s Evolution, Pt. 3

May 17, 2011
To truly understand the flattop and its sonic place in the extended guitar family—a lineage that stretches back to the lute and even the oud—it’s important to listen to
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Epiphone Nighthawk Custom Electric Guitar Review

May 17, 2011
Download Example 1 Clean, bridge pickup coil-tapped Download Example 2 Dirty, bridge and middle pickups Clips recorded with a 1981 Marshall JCM800 head into a Marshall JCM800 4x12 cabinet
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CD Review: Ben Allison - "Action-Refraction"

May 17, 2011
Ben Allison Action-Refraction Palmetto Records Combining seemingly unrelated genres or interpreting songs in an unusual way is nothing new or groundbreaking, but bassist Ben Allison’s new release, Action- Refraction, is
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Vintage or Modern? Yes!

May 17, 2011
LEFT: Twang Brothers: A blonde Fender Road Worn ’50s Telecaster and a Fender Joe Strummer Telecaster show a vintage treatment on contemporary guitars. RIGHT: Analog pedals wired with Spectraflex
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Rhythm & Grooves: Stealth Quartal Colors

May 17, 2011
For two months now, we’ve been investigating quartal harmony and learning how to use fourths as building blocks for our chord voicings, rather than the traditional thirds. We’ve looked
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Black Cat Pedals Bass Octave Fuzz Pedal Review

May 17, 2011
Download Example 1 Bass: 1987 Kramer Striker into a a Gallien-Kreuger 700 RB-II bass head to a 1970 Orange 8x10 cabinet. Download Example 2 Guitar: Cycle through 4 settings.
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Eventide Space Reverb Pedal Review

May 17, 2011
As any Gregorian monk worth his robe can tell you, reverb is one of the most effective effects you can use to enliven an otherwise dull and not-happenin’ tone.
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Is this Gibson ES-335 legit?

May 17, 2011
Hi Zach, I’m the owner of a beautiful ES-335 I purchased in the early ’90s, and I’m trying to identify it. I don’t know anything about its history and would
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CD Review: Todd Grubbs - "Return of the Worm"

May 17, 2011
Todd Grubbs Return of the Worm Grubbworm Music Readers email me all the time to ask if they can send in an album for Media Reviews consideration. I always encourage
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Laplante Guitars

May 17, 2011
Around 1994, chemistry professor and longtime guitarist Jean-Pierre Laplante, frustrated by the dearth of decent left-handed instruments available on the market and tired of playing converted right-handed models, decided to
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MacGyver Moments that Save Your Ass

May 17, 2011
Waiting for the house lights to go down, I noticed that the neck humbucker on my guitar had dropped into the body. Vibration had loosened the adjustment screw on one
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Hallmark Guitars Johnny Ramone Guitar Review

May 17, 2011
No one ever mistook Johnny Ramone for Django Reinhardt. But while Johnny wasn’t the most technically adroit guitarist ever, it would be hard to overstate his impact on popular
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