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November 2011

DigiTech Whammy DT Pedal Review

October 25, 2011
With the Whammy DT, Digitech builds on the simplistic, rugged design of the original while rearranging the control set a bit.
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T-Rex Gull Wah Pedal Review

October 24, 2011
This do-it-all wah machine gives you the power to alter the tone, sweep style, range and boost to suit a multitude of musical situations.
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Book Review: "Diary of a Player" By Brad Paisley and David Wild

October 18, 2011
Brad Paisley knows a thing or two about writing hooks for general music fans while still throwing in enough guitar pyrotechnics to keep his guitar-playing audience happy, if not slightly stunned.
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Ruppert Musical Instruments Basswitch IQ DI Review

October 18, 2011
What the company calls a “Swiss Army knife” for bassists, the Basswitch IQ DI is a preamp/ dual-effects loop/A-B switcher/DI pedal that provides a multitude of options for live and studio situations, with Lehle switching technology to boot.
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G&L Buckshot Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
A natural overdrive that goes from smooth to sizzling, all while retaining the character of both amp and guitar.
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Acoustic Adventures: The Fingerpicking Engine

October 18, 2011
If you find yourself among the players who still lack a system for fingerpicking that prevents you from producing these sounds, perhaps your “fingerpicking engine” needs a tune-up.
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Strymon Timeline Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
Strymon says the TimeLine is inspired by studio-grade outboard delays, and the pedal’s super-functional and get-down-to-business control layout is a reflection of the muse.
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Refretting a '72 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe

October 18, 2011
If you’ve been reading this column recently, you’ll recall we’re in the middle of restoring a ’72 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe.
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The Stratocaster "Jazz Switch" Mod

October 18, 2011
Prior to 1967, Fender used the following wiring: bridge pickup alone, neck pickup alone, and neck pickup alone with an additional 0.1 µF cap engaged.
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Pigtronix Tremvelope Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
The analog, optical Pigtronix Tremvelope invites tremolo fans to look deeper into what the effect can deliver.
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Mirror Industries

October 18, 2011
Having worked in the guitar effects industry for 15+ years, I’ve noticed that it shares some striking similarities with the record industry.
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4 Pedal Mods for the Masses

October 18, 2011
Ever thought it might be cool to get into pedal modding but didn’t know where to start? Problem solved. Here, Ben Fulton, CEO and head designer at Red Witch Analog Pedals in New Zealand, walks you step-by-step through four mods perfect for the budding solder jockey.
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SolidGoldFX Surf Rider Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
Though the Surf Rider isn’t a true spring reverb, the device recreates the tone and response of a spring unit with remarkable accuracy.
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Black Cat Bee Buzz Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
The recently resurrected Black Cat Bee Buzz is a brilliant beam of stinging light in the world of brawny, super high-gain fuzzes.
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Catalinbread Naga Viper Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
Catalinbread uses the Rangemaster as square one for the design of the Naga Viper—a treble boost with a little something extra.
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VHT V-Drive Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
The VHT V-Drive is a stompbox crammed with goodies, including a fundamentally unique method of tweaking the V-Drive’s distortion character.
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How to Get the Most Out of Your Delay Pedal

October 18, 2011
Whether you’ve got a barebones analog box or a feature-packed digital model, your delay can do a lot more than add ambience to your sound. Here we walk you through everything from basics like signal-chain placement and dialing in traditional sounds to looping and precise tempo matching.
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"The Right Look" in Guitars

October 18, 2011
Some of the guitars I see have that certain something (some don’t) and are visually appealing enough for me to approach and take a closer look.
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: Stranglehold by Starlight

October 18, 2011
Playing over jazz chord changes can be one of the most humiliating experiences a rock guitar player can ever face.
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SX Callisto Jr.

October 18, 2011
Okay, I confess: I do a daily search for SX guitars on eBay. Why? Because I’ve owned SX axes before and know they’re built solid and they’re cheap.
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