August

August 2013

National Style 1 Tricone

July 1, 2013
Before the electric guitar and amplifier were invented, the only other way to make the sound of a guitar louder was to make the instrument physically bigger, so the resonator was the first version of guitar amplification.
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How to Set Up a Floyd Rose-Style Trem

June 29, 2013
When a Floyd Rose-style tremolo is tilted back against the body—as shown here—you can’t use the system to its full potential.
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Interview: Robert Randolph - How Robert Got His Groove Back

June 29, 2013
Inspired by a hands-off new record company, a new 6-string pedal steel he can play while standing, and a forthcoming signature amp, sacred-steel hero Robert Randolph storms back to righteous form with the Family Band and the joyful new Lickety Split.
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A Very Golden Anniversary

June 29, 2013
We welcome Rick Turner to our Acoustic Soundboard column in his 50th year as a luther—what would you like to know about building acoustics?
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Roland Cube 80GX Amp Review

June 28, 2013
The 80GX builds on with the company’s COSM (composite object sound modeling) audio software to hone a formula that’s always delivered a lot of bang for the buck to players who need to cover a lot of musical ground on a budget.
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Review Demo - Peavey Vypyr VIP 2

June 27, 2013
Premier Guitar's Shawn Hammond demos Peavey's Vypyr VIP 2 Variable Instrument Performance amplifier.
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Review Demo - Roland Cube 80GX

June 27, 2013
Premier Guitar's Jason Shadrick demos Roland's new Cube 80gx.
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Interview: James Williamson - Return to the Raw

June 25, 2013
Punk pioneer James Williamson discusses the Stooges seminal years and why, after a 30-year hiatus, he dusted off his Les Paul Custom, left his Silicon Valley career, and helped his old friends bring new life to the band—including on their latest LP, "Ready to Die."
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Reverend Kingbolt Electric Guitar Review

June 24, 2013
The retro-pop-meets-shredder sum of the Kingbolt's parts—the like of which we don’t see often—is quirky and eccentric without looking goofy.
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1955 Gibson Les Paul Custom and 1956 Gibson GA-70

June 24, 2013
The Les Paul Custom’s sumptuous looks and special low, smooth frets earned it two nicknames: “Black Beauty” and “Fretless Wonder.”
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Cole Clark Angel AN2A3BB Acoustic Guitar Review

June 22, 2013
A smart, modern acoustic-electric grand auditorium that’s beautifully built and supremely playable.
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Factory Telecaster Wirings, Pt. 1

June 21, 2013
How Fender's factory Tele wiring evolved, and ways to mod them.
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Charvel Desolation Soloist DX-1 ST Electric Guitar Review

June 21, 2013
Charvel’s affordable metal machine offers incredible playability and crushing overdriven tones.
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8 Unwritten Laws of Being a Good Bandmate

June 21, 2013
See how many you're breaking, and add your own.
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It's All About the Song

June 20, 2013
A look at the kind of restraint that makes James Jamerson's basslines on Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" timeless.
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Interview: John Scofield - Uncle John’s Electro-Jam Band

June 20, 2013
Combining a jazz concept with an electronic-influenced vocabulary, John Scofield takes us behind the scenes of his new album, "Überjam Deux," and dishes on everything from relic’d guitars to Dead tunes.
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Z.Vex Fat Fuzz Factory Pedal Review

June 18, 2013
The FFF includes a switch that greatly expands the low end and shifts the range of its famous oscillating feedback to much lower registers.
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The Amplifier Wars

June 18, 2013
In the early days of rock, high power and huge volumes pushed equipment to the limit.
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Beyond Blues: Diminished Capacity

August 10, 2012
I’ve always been a fan of Robben Ford, Larry Carlton, and more recently, Matt Schofield. Influenced by the jazz language, they will use more complex ideas but don’t sound brainy doing it.
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