August Issue

Gear

1930 Gibson L-1

May 17, 2011
The iconic Delta-blues guitar: Gibson’s L-1. With its plain headstock and simple one-ply body binding, this L-1 projects an understated—even utilitarian—vibe. The L-1 began as part of Gibson’s archtop
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Satellite Mudshark Amp Review

May 17, 2011
The Mudshark’s design specs owe a lot to the famed Supro Thunderbolt amplifier from the mid ’60s.
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Dusting Off a Pignose G40V

May 17, 2011
Dear Amp Man, Please write a column about the Pignose G40V. I have not used mine in five years, so I’m curious what’s necessary to get it up and running.
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Adjusting Stratocaster Pickup Height, Pt.1

May 17, 2011
1) The distance we’re measuring is from the bottom of the string (pressed against the last fret) to the top of the pickup magnet. 2) The tools: a screwdriver
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Steaming out Dents in a ’71 Medallion Flying V

May 17, 2011
When it comes to Gibson’s Flying V guitars, most V fanatics rank the Medallion model as one of the most desirable. In 1971, Gibson made a limited edition of
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Sale Proof

May 17, 2011
“Sale proof ” is a term dealers use for a bass or other instrument that is a slow and difficult sale. We’re going to discuss sale proof basses and the
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Fear of Digital

May 17, 2011
The architecture of a basic DSP system. Digital. The very mention of the word causes many guitarists to wince, conjuring memories of harsh, inspiration-crushing tone from early rack gear
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Trace Acoustic TA200 Amp Review

May 17, 2011
Download Example 1 Reverb Download Example 2 Reverb Pushing Compressor Download Example 3 Cycling through effects Way back when dinosaurs roamed the coffee houses, Trace Elliot made one of
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Fryette S.A.S. And Boostassio Pedal Reviews

May 17, 2011
A couple of decades ago, Steven Fryette built the prototypes that would become VHT’s Pittbull series— handbuilt tube amps that became known for their crushing sound and great durability.
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Cow-Skull Guitars and a Builder Named Boaz

May 17, 2011
Slicing a cow skull to make interior braces for a custom guitar. Photo by peckhammer Next to the 1954 Stratocaster (serial number 0168) sitting on my repair bench, I’ve
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