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June 2013

Album Review: Gilad Hekselman - "This Just In"

May 11, 2013
Hekselman not only embraces the freedom of the format, but also excels both as an improviser and composer.
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Early Fender Custom Shop Stratocaster

May 11, 2013
An Fender Custom Shop 1962 Stratocaster replica with a gold-sparkle finish
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Baudier Roadster Electric Guitar Review

May 11, 2013
With the RatRod Roadster Custom, Baudier Guitars has successfully synthesized the design aesthetic of the rat-rod subculture and electric guitar design in an instrument that plays and sounds great.
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Further Adventures in Fretboard Design

May 11, 2013
Several alternative approaches to the pesky problem of bass intonation.
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Builder Profile: Visual Sound

May 11, 2013
As a teenager, Bob Weil taught himself how to build stompboxes by disassembling off-the-rack pedals and adding the features he wanted. Before long, he was coming up with his own designs and taking them to industry trade shows. Then he enlisted the help of DIY pedal guru R.G. Keen, and the two came up with their now-famous line of stompboxes that fall somewhere between boutique and mainstream.
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Album Review: Bart Walker - "Waiting on Daylight"

May 11, 2013
Bart Walker Waiting on Daylight Ruf Records If fat slide tones are your thing—like the sounds Duane Allman gave us in At Fillmore East—you’ll dig Bart Walker’s sophomore solo album.
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The ABCs of Compression

May 11, 2013
What’s the difference between opto, FET, VCA or tube compressors? Learn this and more in our primer.
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Ibanez Echo Shifter Pedal Review

May 11, 2013
It''s the smart layout and functionality of the controls that make the Ibanez Echo Shifter a standout and help bridge the gap between modern stompbox practicality and the quirky joys of tape delay and analog synths.
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Dreamer Guitarworks

May 11, 2013
As a high-end boutique builder in Brazil, Freire faces some unique challenges.
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The Road Guitarist's Studio, Pt. 2: The Control Room

May 11, 2013
Tuned, stocked, and ready to track: A control room optimized for capturing world-class guitar tones. Welcome to another episode in our never-ending quest for tone. Last month’s column, The
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1969 Ampeg SVT Head and 8x10 Cabinet

May 11, 2013
The backline choice not just for bassist Bill Wyman, but also for Mick and Keith Richards during the band’s 1969 U.S. winter tour.
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Interview: Joe Satriani - Gravitational Melodies

April 23, 2013
Satriani recruits a new band and goes back to his roots with the eminently hummable “Unstoppable Momentum.”
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Interview: Meat Puppets - The Flesh of It

April 10, 2013
Hailing from the “middle of nowhere” in Arizona, brothers Curt and Cris Kirkwood continue the Meat Puppets’ irreverent psychedelic grunge on "Rat Farm," solidifying a legacy of desert-punk songcraft that influenced a generation.
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