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February 2012

Builder Profile: Top Hat Amps

January 10, 2012
Founder and designer Brian Gerhard discusses how being a player and paying attention to such minutia as speaker glue, transformer size, and filtering has made his amps go-to choices for everyone from Los Lobos to My Morning Jacket and studio aces like Michael Landau.
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Album Review: Heartless Bastards - "Arrow"

January 10, 2012
The band''s latest lineup showcases Wennerstrom’s hauntingly gruff voice dancing with dirty blues-rock riffs in a way that’s distinctive and starkly wholesome.
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Mesa/Boogie Mini Rectifier Twenty-Five Amp Review

January 10, 2012
Despite its tiny size, the Mini demonstrates why the Recto sound has endured through waves of musical trends and fads.
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Album Review: Guided by Voices - "Let's Go Eat the Factory"

January 10, 2012
With no softening around the edges, the 21-song Let’s Go Eat the Factory represents the true essence of Guided by Voices.
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Guitar Making: The Ultimate Hobby In Retirement?

January 10, 2012
Lutherie provides the opportunity to meet and get to know a whole bunch of interesting people who are sometimes quirky, but never stupid.
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Two-Rock Exo-15 Amp Review

January 10, 2012
With the new EXO-15, the company focused on capturing that accuracy and transparency in a small, studio-friendly unit.
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1965 Fender Precision Bass and '70s Ampeg B-15 S

January 10, 2012
When the Fender Precision bass was introduced in late 1951, almost immediately it had a dramatic and lasting effect on how music was heard and played.
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Fretboard Workshop: A Bitter Pill to Swallow

January 10, 2012
I had been in the hospital for nearly four months with a heart condition. Two of those months I just laid flat in bed. So when I got back home and started to play again, I tried to pick up where I had left off. Wrong!
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D. Allen Johnny Hiland JohnnyBlades Pickups Review

January 10, 2012
The main goals of the JohnnyBlades are to deliver great single-coil tone, stay noiseless, and be versatile enough to cover a wide range of genres.
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Mark Evans: Power Load

January 10, 2012
Former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans discusses his new tell-all book—Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside AC/DC— and gives us the lowdown on what it was like to take over 4-string duties from Malcolm Young and lay down the low end on some of the most raging rock tunes ever recorded.
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Album Review: Radio Moscow - "The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz"

January 10, 2012
If you’re a fan of late-’60s psych rock and incessantly grooving early-’70s metal, chances are you’ll dig it.
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Restoring A Prototype Gibson Cello Bass

January 10, 2012
The groundwork was laid by Gibson, but there are still many mechanical designs to work through and questions to answer about how the original builder intended to make it all come together.
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Brent Mason: A Chameleon in Tune Town

January 10, 2012
nashville session ace Brent mason discusses his new recording how-to dvd, his heavily modified ’68 Tele workhorse, and how sight-reading can sometimes make him “sweat blood.”
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MJ Guitars GrooveMaster Electric Guitar Review

January 10, 2012
MJ’s newest creation is the Groovemaster, a P-90 equipped solidbody that melds the company’s distinctive, curvaceous designs with elements from vintage Fender and Gibson axes.
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The Best Gear?

January 10, 2012
Owning gear isn’t the goal. The goal is to create music, and the equipment is simply what you need to reach that goal.
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Hagstrom Viking Bass Guitar Review

January 10, 2012
Here we take a look at the semi-hollow Viking 4-string bass—a variation on the company’s 1960s Concord bass.
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Mario Guitars Serpentine 2 Electric Guitar Review

January 10, 2012
The sounds you can extract from the hyperlight, super-playable, and sweet-sounding guitar can range from beautifully familiar to revelatory—and just might change the way you see and hear the potential in shortscale, Fender-style solidbodies.
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Fingerpicking Blues: Classic 8-Bar Blues Solos in First Position

January 17, 2011
The following solos show how to play unaccompanied, solo blues in first position.
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