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Tuning Up

Knocking the Nuge (or "It's About the Guitar, Stupid!")

October 8, 2012
As I type this, our YouTube Channel ( is approaching 30 million views (wuhoo!), and as you can imagine, it’s no stranger to weird-ass comments of all sorts. Everything
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What Your Pedal History Says About You

September 6, 2012
Each of us has a pedal history that tells an interesting story about who we are, where we came from, and maybe even where we’re going.
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Tuning Up: The Phone Survey According to "Steve"

August 10, 2012
I guess the thought that I was putting one over on people who usually treated me like I’d just barged in on a make-out session was somehow cathartic
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A Stroll Down Amplifier Lane

July 9, 2012
This couldn’t really be billed as an “Amp Issue” if I didn’t go on and on here about amps, now could it? But I promise I won’t blab too
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Four 4-Stringers Who Shake My World

June 8, 2012
I’d like to take some space here to pay tribute to some of the low-end masters who’ve inspired my own playing and enriched my life with their wonderful creativity.
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Tuning Up: Nail It!

May 11, 2012
One of the drawbacks I’ve encountered in my general move toward more hands-on elicitation of primal rawness in my playing is that … well, I was busting nails.
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Tuning Up: Music Critics - A Different King of Loathing

March 9, 2012
Many moons ago when I was in journalism school, I covered the local music scene for the student newspaper. Stylistically, it was a small, somewhat homogenized scene—mostly kind of
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Tuning Up: Pick a Platform—Any Platform (Plus! Ratings Revised)

February 10, 2012
When it comes to the types, quality, and depth of guitar-freak content on the market, we’re pretty confident no other media outlet matches Premier Guitar.
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Of Axes and Arrows: The Case for Valentine's Day

January 10, 2012
When was the last time you used your musical skills to tell that special someone how much they make you drool?
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Tuning Up: The Relentless Pursuit of Inspiration

November 15, 2011
Discovering a new musical concept or making a technical breakthrough is more exciting for me than acquiring a new piece of gear.
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To Stomp, or Not to Stomp

October 18, 2011
If you just hit one more pedal (or some super-ingenious combination of pedals and settings never before concocted by humankind), maybe—just maybe—aural ecstasy will ensue.
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Having Fun Yet? (Seriously, Are You?)

September 20, 2011
Are you having fun? In your job? At home with your friends and loved ones? In your band, in your studio, or in your other guitar-related pursuits?
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Banishing Gollum (or Discovering Your Inner Punk)

July 19, 2011
Have you ever noticed how the early work by many of your favorite musicians, actors, comedians, writers, and other kinds of artists blows your mind, while their later work is often less engaging and somehow lacking?
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Tuning Up: Columns as Pillars

May 17, 2011
I’m a firm believer that one of the main things that sets Premier Guitar apart from other guitar-media outlets is the fact that we seek out the most knowledgeable,
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Tuning Up: “Aha!”-Moment Redemption

April 19, 2011
After last month’s embarrassing confessional, I felt it wouldn’t hurt to share a few lightbulb-over-the-head moments this month.
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Tuning Up: What Was I Thinking?

March 15, 2011
Tales of guitar-gear regret? I think we could all go on for hours about those.
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