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How-Tos

State of the Stomp: A Brilliant Pedalboard Book

October 5, 2014
Japanese audio guru Yukihiro Hayashi shares his techniques for building the perfect pedalboard.
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The Recording Guitarist: Tracking Yourself on Acoustic

September 30, 2014
What’s the best method when you’re the player, engineer, and producer?
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Ask Amp Man: Restoring a Deluxe Reverb’s Magic

September 29, 2014
Can a different rectifier tube improve an amp’s sound and feel?
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Guitar Shop 101: How to Install an Onboard Buffer System in a Strat

September 26, 2014
Buffering your Strat’s pickups with an onboard circuit provides several sonic dividends.
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Last Call: I'm Not Hurting Anyone but Myself

September 24, 2014
Can you become addicted to guitar?
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Tone Tips: Taking It to the Wall

September 19, 2014
Hard work, a positive attitude, and giving your all is just as important as your playing.
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State of the Stomp: The Importance of Contingency Planning

September 18, 2014
Guitarists are great optimists, but in our technology-fueled world, you need a backup plan.
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Build Your Own Stompbox!

September 9, 2014
Build a killer distortion pedal customized for your style. It’s easier than you think!
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Mod Garage: Inside Brian May's Red Special

September 5, 2014
Ever wonder what’s so special about the Queen guitarist’s custom guitar?
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The Recording Guitarist: An EQ Case Study

August 31, 2014
More impact from your electric guitar tracks!
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Ask Amp Man: Modifying an Early Fender Super-Sonic 60

August 26, 2014
Learn how to update a first-generation Super-Sonic 60 to current model specs.
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Guitar Shop 101: How to Fix a Misaligned 3-Bolt Neck

August 22, 2014
Got a 3-bolt neck that’s out of alignment? Here’s how to make it right.
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On Bass: Some Parting Thoughts

August 20, 2014
Career advice to help bassists get that next gig.
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Esoterica Electrica: The Right Job for Tools

August 18, 2014
Do you have the right tools to make repairs on your axe?
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The Recording Guitarist: The ABCs of EQ

July 30, 2014
A really quick, really dirty intro to equalization.
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Guitar Shop 101: Installing an EVH D-Tuna on a Floyd Rose

July 25, 2014
Want to add dropped-D capability to your Floyd-equipped guitar? Van Halen’s easily installed device lets you instantaneously drop your 6th string a whole-step.
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On Bass: The Song Guys

July 23, 2014
Killer chops are great, but keeping the groove and subtlety top-of-mind when laying down the low end is all-important.
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Three Must-Try Guitar Wiring Mods

July 22, 2014
These DIY mods just may change the way you play.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: How to Buy a Guitar

July 18, 2014
Some keen advice on shopping for an axe.
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DIY: Amp Safety 101

July 16, 2014
Nashville amp tech and builder Kye Kennedy describes the steps you need to take to protect yourself from potentially lethal voltages before working on a tube amp.
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