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March 2013

The Ultra-Flexible Esquire Wiring, PT. 2

February 4, 2013
Last month, we began a special project: We wanted to squeeze as many useable sounds as possible from a single-pickup Esquire [“The Ultra-flexible Esquire Wiring, Pt. 1,” February 2013]. And
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VOX StompLab IIB Pedal Review

February 4, 2013
Vox''s StompLab IIB is a portable, tone workstation that offers up a ton of great sounds while still being kind to both the back and the wallet.
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Adding an Extension Cab to a Fender Combo

February 4, 2013
Fender’s reissue ’65 Princeton Reverb includes a 10” Jensen C-10R, a long-spring reverb tank, a pair of 6V6 power tubes, and a 5AR4 rectifier tube. Photo courtesy of Fender
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Squier Tele Makeover: Surf-Twang Tweak-a-Rama

February 4, 2013
Guitar guru Bill Hook turns a Squier Tele into a customized twang machine at a fraction of the price of custom-shop axes.
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It's a Mod, Mod, Mod, Mod World

February 4, 2013
If you’re even marginally into guitar gear, you won’t have any trouble envisioning the vast conceptual chasm that opened before us when we decided to do a series of
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Fighting the Humidity Battle

February 4, 2013
Have you ever wondered why your guitar plays great one day, yet feels completely different on another? Suddenly the fret edges are sharp or the action has shifted and the
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DVD Review: Stray Cats - "Live at Montreux 1981"

February 4, 2013
Stray Cats Live at Montreaux 1981 Eagle Rock Entertainment Brian Setzer’s albums over the last couple of decades have been so progressively ambitious that some might look back on the
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Private Domain: The Sound Ethics Laboratory

February 4, 2013
Today’s increasingly sophisticated technology is making it easier and easier to identically duplicate the sound of a particular manufacturer’s instrument, amp, or effect. Once cloned, who then really owns
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Builder Profile: Bob Bradshaw

February 4, 2013
In the early 1980s, Bob Bradshaw paired his engineering skills with his passion for music and guitars. Before long, he was one of the most talked-about and sought-after builders of amp- and effects-switching systems on the planet—a tech to stars like Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai, Mike Landau, Steve Lukather, and countless others.
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Album Review: Robben Ford - "Bringing It Back Home"

February 4, 2013
Robben Ford Brining It Back Home Mascot Label Group Over the course of his 40-plus year career, Robben Ford has survived within a niche that is just jazzy enough for
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1949 Gibson ES-350N

February 4, 2013
A beautiful 1949 Gibson ES-350N, serial #A4308. Gibson introduced its first electric guitar—the ES-150—in 1936. Its acceptance by influential players like Eddie Durham and Charlie Christian led to the
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Roland GA-112 Amp Review

February 4, 2013
Roland’s new 100-watt GA-112 combo provides a blank slate for sculpting sounds, from pristine clean to metal mayhem via a super-simple control set.
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Album Review: Boz Scaggs - "Memphis"

February 4, 2013
Boz Scaggs Memphis 429 Records Boz Scaggs is musically complicated. For Memphis, he brought on producer Steve Jordan (John Mayer) who also plays drums on the album, and the rest
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TC Electronic Flashback X4 Pedal Review

February 4, 2013
TC Electronic''s Flashback X4 is home to an absolute wealth of features and is an excellent sounding delay by any measure.
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'60s Silvertone "Sharkfin" ET-460 K4L

February 4, 2013
When three pickups simply won’t do, reach for a Silvertone ET-460 K4L There was a time when a man was judged by the number of pickups on his guitar.
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