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November 2013

David Bromberg: Playing It and Meaning It

November 7, 2013
A flatpicking Americana forefather looks back on 50 years in the biz—with music still flowing and a smile on his face.
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Tuning Up: Life in the Key of Dorian Gray

October 14, 2013
A lesson on the perils of naming children after scale modes—and why you should be inspired by literature's notorious villain.
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Album Review: Red Fang's "Whales and Leeches"

October 13, 2013
Whales and Leeches is proof that the Portland quartet has successfully grown well beyond its modern-sludge-meets-ZZ-Top roots.
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Arthur Channel's "Arthur Channel" Album Review

October 12, 2013
Arthur Channel is replete with tremulous verses, soaring choruses, ambient guitars, and dashes of discord.
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Modern Builder Vault: Red Rocket Guitars

October 11, 2013
North Carolina artist Matthew Nowicki taught himself how to build guitars five years ago and hasn't looked back.
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A Brief History of Tremolo

October 10, 2013
Tremolo is as old as the human voice. But how and when did it become a guitar effect?
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Melvins' "Tres Cabrones" Album Review

October 10, 2013
On Tres Cabrones—the 19th studio album from Melvins—the band returns to their old-school punk roots.
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NS Design CR5 Radius Review

October 9, 2013
Ned Steinberger is known for his pioneering designs and meticulous execution, and his latest 5-string bass continues this tradition of engineering excellence.
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Pearl Jam's "Lightning Bolt" Album Review

October 8, 2013
With several standout tunes and cohesive songwriting, Lightning Bolt is the band’s most focused record in more than a decade.


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Tone Tips: Do You Really Want To?

October 7, 2013
Do you dream about scoring a gig as a touring sideman? If so, take a moment to ponder the yin and yang of this career path.
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TC Electronic PolyTune 2 Review

October 6, 2013
TC updates one of the most versatile tuners on the market, making it more accurate and easier to read.
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Guitar Tracks: Learning Your Room

October 6, 2013
Before you can produce mixes that translate well in a variety of listening environments, you need to get intimately familiar with your own listening space.
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Hayden Mini MoFo Review

October 5, 2013
Hayden’s newest, smallest member of the MoFo family delivers portability and surprising power for players with rocking inclinations.
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Mod Garage: How to Wire a Stock Tele Pickup Switch

October 4, 2013
We demystify the eight lugs on a Telecaster’s 3-way switch and show you the right way to connect them to the two pickup leads and master volume pot.
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State of the Stomp: Maxon's Susumu Tamura Interview

October 3, 2013
A rare interview with the engineer who created the Tube Screamer circuit.
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PRS S2 Custom 24 Review

October 3, 2013
The sounds and feel of PRS’ flagship model at a fraction of the cost.
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Acoustic Soundboard: The Sonic Effect of Time and Vibration

October 2, 2013
Does an acoustic guitar’s tone really change over time? If so, what properties of wood alter with age and affect an instrument’s sound and responsiveness?
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Tausch 665 Review

October 1, 2013
This immaculately built guitar’s semi-hollow body, long-scale fretboard, and coil-tap wiring deliver a carnival of tones.
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Vintage Vault: 1937 Gibson EH-150 Guitar and Amp

September 30, 2013
The ES-150 guitar/amp set was Gibson’s response to the popularity of Hawaiian music—and a growing electric guitar market.
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ToneConcepts The Distillery Review

September 29, 2013
A transparent booster with serious tone-sculpting power.
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