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July 2012

Album Review: Grace Potter & the Nocturnals - "The Lion The Beast The Beat"

June 8, 2012
A full range of foot-stompers, piercing hooks, and driving melody
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Film Review: The Punch Brothers - "How to Grow a Band"

June 8, 2012
"How to Grow a Band" reveals the journey that mandolinist Chris Thile took after Nickel Creek imploded under its own weight.
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Choosing the Right Mics for your Studio

June 8, 2012
With hundreds and hundreds of different mics on the market—at all levels of the price-point spectrum—narrowing down your choices and picking the best ones for your studio can be a serious challenge.
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Esquire Mods, Part 2

June 8, 2012
Go one step further and change the values of the parts used in the resistor/capacitor network.
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Nocturne Blondeshell Amp Review

June 8, 2012
Run by Tavo Vega out of his shop in Southern California, Nocturne Amplification is one of the few outfits today specializing in 6G6-B Bassman-based designs.
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2011 Indy Fly-Caster in TV Yellow

June 8, 2012
The love child of a Gibson Flying V and Fender Telecaster? Meet the Fly-Caster.
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1963 Fender Bass VI and 1966 Fender Bassman

June 8, 2012
Cream’s Jack Bruce and The Shadows’ Jet Harris were among those who explored the Bass VI’s soloing capability.
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A Call to Order

June 8, 2012
I’ve been asked again and again and again: “What order should I put my pedals in?”
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Album Review: Rory Block - "I Belong to the Band: A Tribute to Rev. Gary Davis"

June 8, 2012
I Belong to the Band is the fourth CD in Rory Block’s “Mentor Series” of recordings, in which she pays tribute to great blues guitarists that she studied in her youth.
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J. Rockett Audio Designs Alien Echo Pedal Review

June 8, 2012
In the Alien Echo, intangibles come together in a user-friendly and intuitive pedal that also coaxes remarkable analog-like performance from a digital circuit.
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Replacing Saddles on a 1971 Gibson SB 300 Bass

June 8, 2012
The problem lay in the Multiplex adjustable bridge. The unit itself is made of metal, but the original saddles are made of nylon 6-6, a material used in bearings and gears due to its abrasion resistance and self-lubricating properties.
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Kick Out The Jams: Look Mom! Two Hands!

June 8, 2012
A few tapping ideas that I’ve been using lately and hopefully get a few of you to develop calluses on “the other hand.”
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Gallien-Krueger MB800 Bass Amp Review

June 8, 2012
Featuring a discreet, FET-driven preamp and a backsaving weight of just under 5 pounds, this little beast delivers 800 watts at 4 ohms.
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