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December 2012

Album Review: Aerosmith - "Music From Another Dimension"

November 5, 2012
Aerosmith walks the line between pleasing those who long for the band’s ’70s sound and fans who first heard them blasting ‘90s pop ballads on a soundtrack.
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Relic'd Fender Tele Wannabe

November 5, 2012
Made by Squier—Fender’s budget brand—the Affinity Telecaster is an entry-level version of Leo’s iconic axe. This one has been relic’d and hot-rodded. For some strange reason, I don’t own
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When Neck and Body Meet

November 5, 2012
A guitar’s neck joint is one of the most critical components in the transfer of vibrations—but it’s not always just about tone. One option is the glued-in, set-neck joint,
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Humbucker Pickups in an Esquire, PT. 1

November 5, 2012
In recent months, we’ve been exploring wiring options for the Fender Esquire. This time around we’ll continue our journey by investigating Esquire-friendly humbuckers.
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The Truest Bypass

November 5, 2012
The Vertex Dual Buffer sports separate input and output buffer circuits, each designed for its specific task. Photo courtesy of Vertex Effects What could be better than having “true”
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Voodoo Lab Giggity Pedal Review

November 5, 2012
The Voodoo Lab Giggity pedal consolidates a wealth of troubleshooting and tone-problem-solving power into a single, easy-to-use package.
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Album Review: Deftones - "Koi No Yokan"

November 5, 2012
Seven albums in, the mixing and mashing continues on Koi No Yokan.
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Bass Necks: Adjustability and Resonance

November 5, 2012
Fig. 1: Do you like to experiment? Try shifting a neck’s resonance by adding temporary mass with a clamp. In their quest for tone, most bass players experiment by
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Fulltone Secret Freq Pedal Review

November 5, 2012
The Seek Freq is especially good at nailing the midrange-boosted tones that define a lot of classic rock.
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Ibanez Custom Agent

November 5, 2012
With a missing pickguard, likely non-original pickups, replacement knobs, and tarnished hardware, this Ibanez Custom Agent is worth only about half of its value in excellent condition. Hi Zach,
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The Tapped Esquire Wiring

October 8, 2012
Fig. 1. This schematic shows how to wire a tapped Telecaster bridge pickup into an Esquire. Diagram courtesy of seymourduncan.com For the last few issues, we’ve been investigating the
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Amp or No Amp: The Great Debate Continues

November 16, 2010
Pros and cons of going straight through the PA
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