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May 2012

Builder Profile: Chase Tone

April 6, 2012
When it comes to hardcore authenticity in vintage gear replicas, no one tops Kyle Chase— a lone-ranger builder who says he can hear the difference between stranded and solid-core wire in his Marshall-, Vox-, and Fender-inspired amps and pedals.
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1962 Fiesta Red Fender Jaguar

April 6, 2012
The Jaguar made its debut in 1962, and with it Fender hoped to attract interest from surf guitarists who were then dominating American popular music.
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Warwick Jack Bruce Survivor Bass Review

April 6, 2012
A bass that takes on the characteristics of its master, the German-built Jack Bruce Survivor exudes classic looks and a warm, lyrical persona.
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Flying Colors: Shredding Stereotypes

April 6, 2012
Supergroup Flying Colors breaks boundaries with its self-titled debut.
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Xylem Handmade Basses and Guitars

April 6, 2012
“I’m always looking for new and better building methods, and ways to make my instruments easier to play, lighter, better sounding, easier to adjust, and more affordable.”
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Fingerstyle Workout: New Orleans Guitar

April 6, 2012
Understand the basics of the New Orleans piano tradition.
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Fender Esquire Basics

April 6, 2012
I admit that the Fender Esquire is one of my favorite guitars ever, and I find its sound and simplicity very appealing.
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Supro Brentwood

April 6, 2012
Your Supro Brentwood (Model 1650T) was produced in the mid-1950s and according to the 1955 Supro catalog, the Brentwood was “Supro’s finest amplifier with powerful-range tremolo.”
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SX Hawk MN P90

April 6, 2012
The P-90s make the guitar sound full and very Gibson-ish, while the Strat-style body, neck, and bridge give it more of Fender vibe.
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Cheap and Easy Bass Mods

April 6, 2012
Two cheap and non-destructive mods that add functionality and tonal variety to your instrument.
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VOX Delaylab Pedal Review

April 6, 2012
With 30 delay types, three different looping modes, expression pedal capability, and a very intelligent preset system, the DelayLab is a solution for insatiable experimentalists.
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Nada Surf: Caws and Effect

April 6, 2012
Frontman/guitarist Matthew Caws candidly discusses his creative process.
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EBS Reidmar 250 Bass Head and Classicline 110 & 112 Cab Review

April 6, 2012
The Reidmar 250—sets its sights on bassists who need a portable, gig-friendly rig.
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Album Review: The Cult - "Choice of Weapon"

April 6, 2012
Choice of Weapon will likely have Cult devotees—and newbies alike—in disbelief that it’s been almost 30 years since the band broke onto the scene.
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: A Snow Shovel or a Hair Dryer?

April 6, 2012
Learn how to switch between different alternate-picking patterns.
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