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Tone Tips

Tone Tips from the Road: Specialty Guitar Stew

March 15, 2011
Some different qualities I look for in specialty instruments, beginning with the 6-string bass.
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Tone Tips from the Road: Covering The Tonal Bases

February 15, 2011
Paul Allen shares some of the guitar tones he uses on a regular basis, as well as the guitars he selects to achieve those tones.
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Instrument Cables 101

January 17, 2011
Let’s venture inside the cable and look at its components, beginning with the copper wire.
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Simplicity Can Be Simply Superior

December 21, 2010
Chuck Berry changed the course of electric guitar and was a major influence on the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, and Jimi Hendrix—and he did it without a single pedal.
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Strings, Strings, and More Strings

November 16, 2010
How different strings affect your tone
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Pickup Height and Mic Placement

October 20, 2010
Overlooked aspects of tone are explored
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A Board Introduction

September 21, 2010
Paul "TFO" Allen details his pedalboard.
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Recording Is a Battlefield, Part 4

June 16, 2010
Using pedals when recording
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Recording Is a Battlefield, Part 3

May 18, 2010
Be prepared for your next session by getting your arsenal of amps down
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Recording is a Battlefield, Part 2

April 15, 2010
Basic but crucial tools for the studio
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The Setup

February 11, 2010
Jared Scharff details his Saturday Night Live rig.
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Look Ma, I’m at MSG!

January 14, 2010
Jared Scharff plays Madison Square Garden - here''s what it was like.
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Things You Gotta Do to Land the Saturday Night Live Gig

December 17, 2009
Connections, preparedness and confidence lead to the gig of a lifetime.
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The Start of Something New

November 18, 2009
Introducing new columnist Jared Scharff, guitarist for Saturday Night Live
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Pedalzzzzz...

October 21, 2009
Pedal addict Peter Stroud shares four of his go-to effects: EH #1 Echo, Janglebox Compression/Sustain, Pigtronix Attack Sustain and Red Witch Pentavocal Tremolo
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"I'm the rhythm guitarist..."

August 19, 2009
Peter Stroud''s tips to becoming a great rhythm guitarist
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Recording Session Gear

July 22, 2009
Peter Stroud covers the list of gear he brings to recording sessions.
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Effects Loops

May 20, 2009
Peter Stroud looks at the different pros, cons and options for employing or ignoring an effects loop
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Tone Tips Q&A: Tackling Noise

April 21, 2009
Peter Stroud answers reader questions on cutting down hum and noise in your rig
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Speakers: The Ultimate “Amp Mod”

March 17, 2009
Why switching speakers can be the tonal upgrade you''re looking for, and how to make sure you end up with what you''re looking for.
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