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Schecter Custom Shop Tour

April 8, 2014
PG visits Sun Valley, California, to go behind the scenes on how this team of skilled builders and passionate players creates the brand's USA and Masterworks guitar lines.
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Guitar Shop 101: The Guitarist’s Essential Toolkit

March 28, 2014
Here’s a description of the tools you need to handle routine maintenance tasks.
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Bass Bench: Tuning Stability

March 21, 2014
Having problems keeping your bass in tune? Before you swap out the tuning machines, ponder a few facts.
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Last Call: Out of Hand

March 16, 2014
Is now the time to deal with gear dependency?
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The Recording Guitarist: Two Mics Are (Sometimes) Better than One

March 12, 2014
Recording your amp with multiple mics can add magic and mystery—or kill your tone dead.
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Mod Garage: Exploring the Tele Pickup Palette

March 7, 2014
If you decide to replace your Tele pickups, first do some homework and research the venerable model’s broad tonal palette.
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Guitar Shop 101: How to Install Standard and Locking Strap Buttons

February 28, 2014
Everything you need to know to easily secure your acoustic or electric.
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DIY: How to Mic Your Amp for Stellar Tone

February 25, 2014
See and hear various configurations of dynamic, large diaphragm, and ribbon mics recorded through a studio console, and compare the tones between different mic types and positions.
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Tone Tips: Dialing in Maximum Tone

February 23, 2014
With so many pedal options these days, here are a some tips on how to maximize your effects for the greatest impact.
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The Recording Guitarist: Mic Makes Right

February 20, 2014
PG’s new recording column gives a quick and dirty guide to mic placement and selection.
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Ask Amp Man: The Vibro Champ Voltage Mystery

February 13, 2014
Why do the schematics differ between two supposedly identical CBS-era Fender amps?
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Guitar Shop 101: How to Install a Soundhole Pickup

January 27, 2014
Magnetic soundhole pickups have come a long way since they were introduced many decades ago. If you’re considering getting one, here’s how to install it the right way.
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Mod Garage: Before You Swap Out Those Tele Pickups …

January 17, 2014
Unhappy with your Tele tone? The pickups may not be the issue.
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Last Call: Practice Makes…?

January 9, 2014
Does mastery really matter when it comes to art?
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Tone Tips: Dealing with Stage Fright

January 1, 2014
Combat the jitters and find your performance comfort zone.
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Mod Garage: ’50s Les Paul Wiring in a Telecaster, Pt. 2

December 27, 2013
Tele freaks: Get modern and ’50s-style tone-pot wiring in the same axe!
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Acoustic Soundboard: When Cracks Happen

December 24, 2013
A guide to dealing with those pesky wood imperfections.
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Guitar Shop 101: How to Carve an Open-Slot Saddle

December 13, 2013
Learn how to carve a replacement open-slot saddle and deal with the particular challenges of this old-school design.
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On Bass: A Half-Step from Greatness

December 12, 2013
From baseball to bass guitar, a half a step can make all the difference.
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