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February 2012

Gear Paramedic

January 10, 2012
In order to make sure your equipment is in top shape and can be fixed quickly if something takes a dive, I’m going to share a few tricks I’ve come up with on the fly—often in the middle of a show.
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Primary Tone Mods for the Telecaster

January 10, 2012
You’d be surprised how many possibilities you have even with a single-pickup Esquire!
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Giving a Squier Tele the Cigar-Box Treatment

January 10, 2012
The scariest moment was sawing off the lower body—I wanted to make sure we avoided the control cavity, as that could damage wires and leave a gaping hole in the bottom of the guitar.
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The Mysterious Vox Pacemaker

January 10, 2012
Because the Pacemaker was entirely designed and built in the US, many enthusiasts don’t consider it to be a true Vox.
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Eight Decades of Rickenbacker

January 10, 2012
There is no denying Rickenbacker’s status as one of the four or five most important electric guitar companies of all time.
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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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