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November 2012

What the Heck is with that Neck?

October 8, 2012
Fig. 1: Standard neck shapes. Fig. 2: A trapeze neck profile. Fig. 3: A wave neck profile. Do you remember how you chose your first bass? There’s a good
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Gibson J-45 Purevoice Custom Limited Edition Acoustic Guitar Review

October 8, 2012
The Gibson J-45 PureVoice Custom Limited Edition isn’t cheap, but it''s a versatile guitar that can grow and move with you through a multitude of styles and performance situations.
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The Console and Open Source Effects

October 8, 2012
Devi Ever’s Console III—a radically new way of looking at effects pedals. It seems the boutique effects market has finally gone mainstream, and as builders make a mad dash
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Album Review: Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola - "Not Getting Behind is the New Getting Ahead"

October 8, 2012
Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola Not Getting Behind is the New Getting Ahead charliehuntermusic It’s almost unfair to call Charlie Hunter a guitarist. His musicianship far exceeds what mere mortals
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Malekko Plus Ultra 213 Pedal Review

October 8, 2012
With the Malekko Plus Ultra 213’s potential to move between searing bumble-bee fuzz and creamier near-overdrive tones, it’s easy to imagine players making this their go-to fuzz.
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Album Review: Joanne Shaw Taylor - "Almost Always Never"

October 8, 2012
Joanne Shaw Taylor Almost Always Never Ruf For her third solo album, 26-year-old Joanne Shaw Taylor decided to shake things up musically and creatively by tracking with a different producer
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Album Review: Dwight Yoakam - "3 Pears"

October 8, 2012
Dwight Yoakam 3 Pears Warner Bros. It’s been seven years since Mr. Yoakam’s last studio release, and he’s enlisted the help of Beck for two tracks (“A Heart Like Mine,”
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Jetter Red Square Pedal Review

October 8, 2012
The Jetter Red Square delivers two unique voices that evoke American- and British-style tones in a practical, powerful, and great-sounding little box.
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A Weekend Warrior's Guide to Luthier and Woodworking Trivia

October 8, 2012
If you ever find yourself in need of some guitar trivia—perhaps on a long van ride home from a weekend gig—here are some nuggets you can trot out when you need to perk up a conversation or keep the driver awake.
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Choosing the Right DAW for Your Studio

October 8, 2012
LEFT: Ableton’s Live is an excellent tool if your productions use extensive audio and MIDI loops. RIGHT: A relative newcomer to the DAW game, Studio One from PreSonus offers
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Adventures in Tone Travel

October 8, 2012
Imagine your guitar’s tone vibrations as little commuters zipping down the strings with the intention to proceed into the wood grain and then back again.
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TV Jones Spectra Sonic C Melody Electric Guitar Review

October 8, 2012
The TV Jones Spectra Sonic C Melody doesn’t disappoint in any regard other than the semi-steep price.
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Brunetti Singleman Amp Review

October 8, 2012
An excellent tribute to blackface Fenders in terms of tonality, Brunetti''s Singleman also features classy looks, roadworthy build quality, and a very reasonable price.
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JHS Panther Analog Delay Pedal Review

October 2, 2012
The JHS Panther Analog Delay pairs analog delay circuitry with a smooth and rich modulation circuit that aims for the creamy shimmer and low-mid warmth of the Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man.
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Marshall JMP-1C 50th Anniversary Combo Amp Review

October 1, 2012
The JMP-1C is perfect for home recordists looking to add the coveted JMP growl and attack to their tracks, collectors looking for a usable and user-friendly piece of Marshall history, and those who are want the Super Lead sound back after putting their 100-watt heads in storage years ago.
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