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August 2013

Gear of the Month: 1964 Fender Vibroverb

August 1, 2013
Zach Smith from the Minor Chord guitar shop in Littleton, Massachusetts, shares a rare mint specimen of the same vintage model that was the bedrock of SRV's “Texas Flood” tone.
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Album Review: Tedeschi Trucks Band - "Made Up Mind"

July 27, 2013
There’s plenty of burning guitar throughout Made Up Mind, but first and foremost this is a band record with a heavy nod toward classic Memphis soul.
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DIY: How to Replace Your Amp Speakers—The Right Way

July 19, 2013
Whether you’ve blown your existing cones or are one of the adventurous few who realizes how powerfully you can tweak your tone with a new speaker, this 17-step guide shows you how to deal with everything from impedance to phasing and series/parallel wiring.
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The North American Guitar Amplifier Museum

July 17, 2013
Invisible Sound Studios has collected so many rare and amazing amps—Marshalls, Fenders, Gibsons, Ampegs, Voxes, Hiwatts, and more—they decided to designate part of their studio as a museum. Here, East Amplification’s Jeff Bober gets their story.
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Playing it Cool with a Hot Rod Deluxe

July 16, 2013
Jeff addresses reverb dropouts and volume drops or fluctuations potentially caused by failure of a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe's low-voltage power supply.
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Earthquaker Devices Disaster Transport SR Pedal Review

July 11, 2013
This twin delay with reverb and modulation moves from vintage echo tones to endlessly unfolding realms of the bizarre with an ease that doesn’t require extra appendages.
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Staff Picks: Exit Music

July 11, 2013
This month Duff McKagan and Jeff Angell of Walking Papers join us in imagining soundtracks to take us into the great beyond.
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Peavey Vypyr VIP 2 Amp Review

July 10, 2013
This latest iteration of the Vypyr line of amps is designed and built to handle electric 6-string, acoustic, and bass guitars.
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Normandy Guitars' Promising Pedal Debut

July 10, 2013
The O-CB’s retro-cool aesthetics drew me in, and once I heard the pedal, I was sold.
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iOS, Anyone?

July 10, 2013
No matter what style of music you make or how you prefer to work, there are apps and accessories for your iPad or other iDevice that will let you capture recordings and work on your music wherever you find yourself.
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Epifani AL 112 Combo Amp Review

July 8, 2013
A futuristic-looking hybrid of Epifani’s past and present innovations that’s capable of delivering a ton of tone.
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The DuncanAfrica Society

July 7, 2013
Canadian luthier Jay Duncan makes the world a better place by helping others build sustainable communities, one guitar at a time.
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Nordstrand Shush Puppies Pickups Review

July 6, 2013
Designed to address the age-old issues of feedback, noise, and hum without losing the sweet, syrupy chime that defines a great single-coil.
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String Nut or Zero Fret?

July 5, 2013
The zero fret takes care of the intonation and, more importantly, establishes the correct and minimal string height.
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Interview: Fall Out Boy - Slaves to Rock and Roll

July 4, 2013
After a turbulent hiatus, Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump, Pete Wentz, and Joe Trohman triumphantly return to the top of the charts with a new album, a string of sold-out tours, and revived outlook on life and music.
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