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March 2013

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?
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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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J.D. Simo: The Bandstand and The Bible of Classic Rock

February 4, 2013
Photo by Sean Marshall Studios Nashville’s JD Simo is a graduate of the Don Kelley school of honky-tonk, proving ground for some of the world’s best pickers. Other alumni
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Epiphone 1962 Sheraton E212T Semi-Hollow Guitar Review

February 4, 2013
The new Epiphone 1962 Sheraton E2125 is one of the coolest convergences of vintage feel, playability, and value we’ve seen in a long time.
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1968 Marshall 50-Watt JMP and 4x12

February 4, 2013
It all started when a drum shop owner couldn’t get rid of three pesky guitarists. If it weren’t for those meddling kids and their gosh-darned guitars, Jim Marshall might
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Eric Bibb & Habib Koite: Bonded by Rhythm

February 4, 2013
Raised in two vastly different cultures, Eric Bibb and Habib Koité celebrate their harmonic common ground, proving that music has no borders.
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Addressing Home-Studio Hums

February 4, 2013
I’ve received a flurry of questions from readers lately, so for this month’s column, I thought I’d share my responses to a handful of them in hopes that we can
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Carvin HH2 Allan Holdsworth Electric Guitar Review

February 4, 2013
Boasting a headstock-free design, all-in-one bridge, tailpiece, and tuner assembly affixed to its tail end, Carvin''s new HH2 will evoke thoughts of Steinberger for many.
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DIY: Yuri Landman's Flying Double Dutchman Crunch Project

January 30, 2013
Experimental luthier Yuri Landman shows us how to turn a cheap axe into a raging sonic ghost ship with just a handful of parts and a generous helping of reckless abandon.
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March 2013 Staff Picks: Hocus Pocus

January 4, 2013
Alex Cora -- Reader of the Month What am I listening to? Genesis Revisited 2 by Steve Hackett. I can’t believe he went back and did all my old
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Digging Deeper: One Scale to Rule Them All

February 10, 2012
The jazz melodic minor scale is a very important improvisational tool.
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