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February 2013

I Lost A Fight with an Elevator

January 9, 2013
Having $6,000 worth of gear— including my beloved Les Paul— stolen from my van was just the beginning of my Thanksgiving-weekend woes. Letting my anger get the better of me only compounded the problem. But with some astounding luck, professional counsel, and hard work, I eventually emerged victorious.
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How Should You Record?

January 9, 2013
When considering using a commercial studio versus a home studio, you have to weigh the benefits and costs.
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February 2013 Staff Picks: Say It in Song

January 9, 2013
When words just aren’t enough, we turn to music to help us get in the mood. This month we name the tunes we’d play to woo our objects of affection.
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Forgotten Heroes: Big Jim Sullivan

January 9, 2013
We pay tribute to a fretboard legend who came of age alongside a young Jimmy Page, and wound up supporting Tom Jones for many years in Vegas.
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Interview: Rosie Flores - Rockabilly Road Doggie

January 9, 2013
With nearly 50 years of gigs under her belt, twang queen Rosie Flores talks about recording with Rockabilly legend Janis Martin, why her car is her favorite workspace, and how she gets gristly tones with super-light strings.
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Builder Profile: James Trussart Guitars

January 9, 2013
From the French countryside to the Louisiana Bayou, the rooftops of Paris, and the Hollywood Hills, James Trussart has spent the last 30 years following his obsession with artisan-quality craftsmanship and classic guitar designs. In the process, he''s carved out his own niche that takes iconic instruments into new sonic and aesthetic realms.
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Kustom K 100

January 9, 2013
Probably best known for their unique tuck-and-roll amp covering that was offered in a variety of sparkly colors, Kustom was one of the first amp manufacturers to find success with solid-state technology in the 1960s.
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Way Huge Supa-Puss Pedal Review

January 9, 2013
If you’re a guitarist who wears a lot of hats—ambient texturalist one night, roots rocker the next—the Supa-Puss analog delay may just be the one pedal that stays in your rig for every occasion.
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Time for a Neck Adjustment?

January 9, 2013
With a few simple tools, you can adjust your neck and be back in business in just a few minutes.
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Hot-Rodding A Fender Champ 12

January 9, 2013
I primarily use it as a practice amp at home, typically at lower volumes, and I’d love to get tones similar to a Fender Tonemaster. Is that possible?
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Late-1940s DeArmond 601 Tremolo

January 9, 2013
The uneven fuzzy warble of the DeArmond 601 trem pedal trailing Diddley’s provocative clave rhythm cemented the signature Bo Diddley beat.
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Jacques Meistersinger Pedal Review

January 9, 2013
Though the Jacques Meistersinger is capable of deep and radical sounds, the pedal is suited to a less-is-more approach, and its transparency may find scores of players reconsidering their aversions to the chorus effect.
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On A Bender: Gibson and Joe Glaser's Les Paul Junior B-Bender

January 9, 2013
Gibson Guitars and Nashville luthier Joe Glaser team up to create the Les Paul Junior B-Bender––A guitar that takes pedal-steel-style wailing to the masses and opens it to a whole new world of tonal possibilities.
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Don't Turn it Down ... Control Your Volume

January 9, 2013
There are plenty of great options out there for controlling stage volume.
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Eastwood Airline Espanada Electric Guitar Review

January 9, 2013
With the Airline Espanada, Eastwood has delivered a great-playing hollowbody that brims with vintage authenticity, even if it doesn’t deliver all of the mojo of the original.
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