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Trial by Fire: Your First Pub Gig

June 8, 2012
Holding your excitement in check, you pack up your gear and head out for the club.
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Of Tree Elves and Hide Glue

May 11, 2012
There are some notions about how certain things affect guitar tone and volume that, I think, we just don’t know for sure.
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Listening Deeply to Acoustic Guitar Sound

April 6, 2012
Mostly, the guitar is supposed to be about sound. But that’s the hardest of all of these to pin down.
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Choosing Your Gear for a Pub Gig

March 9, 2012
Once upon a time, acoustic guitarists needed to haul a van’s worth of gear to a gig to amplify their instruments and vocals. Today’s sound-reinforcement gear is far more
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Dad’s Old Guitar

February 10, 2012
It had been his dad’s guitar since the age of 16, when his uncle bought it for him around 1940 at a pawnshop in Roanoke, Virginia.
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Guitar Making: The Ultimate Hobby In Retirement?

January 10, 2012
Lutherie provides the opportunity to meet and get to know a whole bunch of interesting people who are sometimes quirky, but never stupid.
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Context is Everything

December 20, 2011
By now you may be thinking, “What is this story doing in a column about acoustic amplification?” It has everything to do with understanding and choosing the right gear for the job.
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Lemons to Lemonade

November 15, 2011
I have touched on the many challenges we and most other builders face every day, so when you’re at your job thinking, “I’d give anything to be making guitars all day long,” you will know that though it has its moments, it also has its moments—if you know what I mean.
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"The Right Look" in Guitars

October 18, 2011
Some of the guitars I see have that certain something (some don’t) and are visually appealing enough for me to approach and take a closer look.
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Amplifying a Solo Acoustic Performance

September 20, 2011
Equally important in making the proper choice is deciding on why you want to amplify in the first place.
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