October 2016

How-Tos

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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Ask Amp Man: Does My Mesa Head Need All Eight Power Tubes?

July 9, 2014
Can you remove half the power tubes in a Mesa Simul-Class head to play at lower volume?
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The Mean 18: British-Style 18-Watt Amp Kits from Mojotone and Tube Depot

July 1, 2014
We built two killer Marshall 18-watt amp clones from kits. Which sounds best? Which was more fun to make?
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Acoustic Soundboard: The Dos and Don’ts of DIY

June 30, 2014
Knowing how to do simple guitar-setup tasks is a good thing, but some work should be left to the professionals.
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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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Bass Bench: Designing a 24-string Bass

June 20, 2014
The challenges of designing an extreme extended-range instrument.
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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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Last Call: Growing Apart

June 6, 2014
What’s it like to revisit the music of one’s youth?
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State of the Stomp: The Beauty of a Loop

June 4, 2014
Why not put the stompboxes you use only occasionally in a set on a single effect loop?
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Red Wing: Inside Minnesota State College's Guitar Repair and Building Program

May 29, 2014
We follow a student through his first year in Minnesota State’s “Red Wing” lutherie program.
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Ask Amp Man: A Fender Head Transplant

May 26, 2014
A home-surgery survivor—and the relative merits of KT66 and 6L6 tubes.
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Guitar Shop 101: Tips for Replacing a Strat-Style 5-Way Switch

May 23, 2014
Replacing a 5-way switch can seem like a daunting task. Learn to research your options and do it right!
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The Recording Guitarist: Doubling Down on Riffs

May 19, 2014
Doubling your parts: art, science, or crapshoot?
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Bass Bench: Special Bridge Designs

May 12, 2014
What happens when string saddles have a larger contact area with the bridge and body?
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DIY: How to Mic Your Acoustic Like a Pro

May 12, 2014
Nashville producer Bryan Clark and guitarist Adam Fluhrer explain and demonstrate four essential mic techniques for capturing the sound of your shimmering acoustic.
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On Bass: Covering Your Basses, Pt. 2

May 9, 2014
It’s possible to coax a wide variety of tones from a single passive bass using only your touch and its onboard controls.
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