December 2016

August 2014

Gibson J-15 and J-29 Reviews

June 27, 2014
Two new “slope-shouldered” acoustics offer new variations on a classic design.
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Mod Garage: Adding an Out-of-Phase Switch to a Telecaster

June 27, 2014
Ready to coax out-of-phase sounds from a Tele?
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Undervalued Gear: The Gibson Les Paul Junior GA-5 Amplifier

June 26, 2014
Classic vintage amps typically come with hefty price tags. But if you know what to look for, you might find a bargain hiding in plain sight.
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The Recording Guitarist: On Beyond Analog!

June 26, 2014
Many guitarists were reared on the dogma that only tubes provide good distortion. Like all dogma, this should be challenged.
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Born Guitars OG Carve Review

June 25, 2014
Sustainable materials come together in a superlative electric.
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Sharkmuffin: Noise Rock with Teeth

June 24, 2014
Heavy-hitting trio looks ready to swim with alt-rock’s big fish.
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Vintage Vault: 1964 Rickenbacker 325

June 24, 2014
A line of guitars used by John Lennon and John Fogerty was named after the company owner’s cat.
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State of the Stomp: Hammond’s Leslie-in-a-Box

June 23, 2014
Many have tried to mimic the Leslie sound via stompbox. Has Hammond finally nailed it?
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Fender Dimension Bass Review

June 22, 2014
The iconic bass manufacturer introduces a new low-end machine.
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Phish's "Fuego" Album Review

June 20, 2014
The Vermont quartet's twelfth LP might be their best studio effort since Billy Breathes.
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Bass Bench: Designing a 24-string Bass

June 20, 2014
The challenges of designing an extreme extended-range instrument.
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Judas Priest: Unleash the Beast

June 19, 2014
The Brit metal pioneers recruited guitarist Richie Faulkner in 2011, refreshing the creative process for the group’s 17th album, Redeemer of Souls.
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Juliet Collective Orangecream Review

June 19, 2014
Can this distortion/fuzz chameleon deliver the larger-than-life sounds of Cream-era Clapton?
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Quick Hit: Keith McMillen Instruments Soft Step 2 MIDI Foot Controller

June 18, 2014
Improved performance from a small but powerful MIDI foot controller.
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Esoterica Electrica: Control Freak

June 17, 2014
Jol Dantzig ponders control placement on electric guitars.
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On Bass: Making the Leap

June 15, 2014
How one bassist went from small-time to stadiums.
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Marcus Hook Roll Band "Tales of Old Grand-Daddy" Album Review

June 13, 2014
The re-release of Malcolm and Angus Young’s first album, pre-AC/DC, circa 1973.
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Guitar Shop 101: Demystifying Truss-Rod Tools

June 13, 2014
Okay, you want to adjust your guitar’s truss rod. What’s the right tool?
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Aram Bajakian: Navigating New Territory

June 12, 2014
From Lou Reed’s last band to Diana Krall’s quartet, this NYC guitarist always pushes boundaries—and himself.
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Last Call: Growing Apart

June 6, 2014
What’s it like to revisit the music of one’s youth?
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