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March 2012

Maxwell’s Silver Hammer of the Gods

February 10, 2012
In 1830, Michael Faraday submitted his most famous piece of scientific legislation‚ and this bit of genius described the physics that allows guitar pickups to exist.
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How to Convert Your Axe to a Baritone

February 10, 2012
Although converting to a bari is a job just about any player can handle, there’s a lot more to it than just swapping the existing neck with a long-scale replacement. Here, ace Nashville repairman John LeVan walks you step-by-step through making yours sound spectacular and play like butter.
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Martin Style Types

February 10, 2012
Style numbers indicate the construction materials and appointments of the guitar, and this system allows for several combinations between body shapes and styles.
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10 Pro Pedalboards Revealed

February 10, 2012
We recently combed through all the pedalboards we’ve seen in the last year of Rig Rundown video shoots to bring you the 10 most stacked rigs we’ve encountered across a range of genres.
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Gtrwrks 19 Sixty 3 Boost Pedal Review

February 10, 2012
The effects of a boost pedal are always most apparent through a nice clean rig. In this case, a ’68 Fender Bassman and a 4x12 loaded with V30 Celestions did the trick.
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Kick Out The Jams: Both Sides of the Field - Outside Playing 101

February 10, 2012
Chops: Intermediate Theory: Intermediate Lesson Overview: • Incorporate more “outside” sounds into your playing. • Learn to use half-diminished and diminished arpeggios over dominant chords. • Create lines that
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Phil Jones Bass D-600 Head and Neo-Power 8B Cab Review

February 10, 2012
Check out Phil Jones’ website and you’ll see Jones is both an innovator and a knowledgeable bass player. His designs and approach to delivering sound have not only caught
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Restoring a Prototype Gibson Cello Bass, Pt. 2

February 10, 2012
Though the groundwork was laid by Gibson, I still faced many questions and had to work through a number of mechanical designs.
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: For Those About to Rock

February 10, 2012
The Mr. Big legend talks about how to keep your ears in good condition and deal with hearing loss you may already have.
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Album Review: The Little Willies - "For the Good Times"

February 10, 2012
For the Good Times, the band’s second album, is a collection of country and honky tonk classics by the likes of Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, and Lefty Frizzell.
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MXR Custom Badass Modified O.D. Pedal Review

February 10, 2012
Like many aspects of guitar-gear engineering, the pursuit of perfect overdrive stirs religious fervor and consumes intellectual assets typically allotted to papal edicts and nanophysics. But whether you consider
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Grammatico Kingsville Amp Review

February 10, 2012
Leo’s great tweed Bassman circuit (known far and wide by amp nerds as the 5F6A) was such a success it has inspired imitators and homages ever since.
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Finding the Perfect Fretboard

February 10, 2012
There are quite a few fretboard parameters that can be tweaked to achieve a wide variety of outcomes.
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moe. - Happy Accidents

February 10, 2012
Jam-band vets Chuck Garvey and Al Schnier of moe. discuss the art of twin guitars, their lust-inducing gear collections, and how switching up their MOs led to the tonal extravaganza on their new LP, What Happened to the La Las.
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Echopark Downtowner Custom Koa Limited Electric Guitar Review

February 10, 2012
The Downtowner is a simultaneously stunning and understated instrument that cleverly fuses design elements from a few famous vintage guitars—the curvy bout of the Les Paul and simplicity of the SG Classic—with funky Supro- and Silvertonelike lines.
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How to Build a Recording Rig, Pt. 1

February 10, 2012
The first step is to settle on the centerpiece for your rig and the “support” items that will surround it.
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Lamb of God: No Barriers

February 10, 2012
Lamb of God’s Mark Morton and Willie Adler talk about their favorite Boogie heads, developing upstroke wallop, and how their love of Hendrix and Billy Gibbons informed their diverse new album, Resolution.
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Album Review: Imperial Teen - "Feel the Sound"

February 10, 2012
In true Imperial Teen fashion, they deliver just about the perfect blend of bubblegum fuzz with shimmery guitar, melodic synth, danceable beats, and happier-than-thou harmonies.
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Putting the Hex On: the Postmodern Pickups

January 14, 2010
The past and future of hex pickups.
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