August

How-Tos

Bringing a Supro 1x10 Out of the Closet

April 15, 2013
Because of the amp’s age, should I remove all the caps and put them on a tester before attempting to power it up?
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Guitars from Thin Air

April 15, 2013
Imagining and drawing an instrument is only the beginning. You have to make sure that it will physically work. Shapes that look great on paper can be impractical to replicate in the real world.
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Bringing Back the Fretless

April 15, 2013
Perhaps the saddest loss of a musical sound that was once frequently heard on the radio is the fretless bass.
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The Road Guitarist's Studio

April 15, 2013
This month, we’re going to focus on mic’ing guitar cabinets in the studio, but keep in mind that much of the info can be applied to the stage as well.
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DIY: How to Convert Your Electric Guitar to a Baritone

March 27, 2013

In this step-by-step tutorial, Nashville guitar tech John LeVan demonstrates how to convert an electric guitar with a bolt-on neck into a growling baritone. He also offers valuable tips on installing tuners, adjusting a truss rod, filing nut slots, balancing pickup output, and setting intonation.

Also see our photo and text tutorial here.


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Fretboard Workshop: Flipping Arpeggios - Creating New Sounds with Old Shapes

March 19, 2013
Bored with those same old arpeggio shapes? In this lesson we will breathe new life into some familiar patterns by simply changing the context.
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Help for an Ailing Univox U1040

March 11, 2013
A local shop got it to pass signal and technically function, but with four power tubes, some big-bruiser transformers, and a rating of 105 watts, I was expecting more.
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The Two-Pickup Esquire Wiring

March 11, 2013
Also called the “Broadcaster blend circuit,” this wiring is the transition circuit between the single-pickup Esquire and the Telecaster with its well-known dual-pickup configuration.
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The B-String Extender Myth

March 11, 2013
While adding higher-pitched strings to a bass was a no-brainer, the low B often caused problems.
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The Importance of Being Social, Pt. 2

March 11, 2013
In today’s world, communicating online (rather than actually speaking on the phone or in person) is certainly the norm rather than the exception, but there is still a twinge of the old soul inside of me that craves the old way.
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Keeping the Peace

March 11, 2013
Sound control is a real problem for all musicians.
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Hitting the Note (Can Musicians Read Minds?)

March 11, 2013
For musicians, sensing what other players will do is not uncommon—mysterious, ESP-ish surprises occur often during a good jam.
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Studio Legends: Bil VornDick

March 11, 2013
Engineer/Producer Bil VornDick, the master of recording acoustic guitar, shares his secrets.
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Understanding Frets and Fret Wear

March 11, 2013
The condition of your frets will determine how well your guitar plays.
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Build Your Own Series Resistance Box

March 11, 2013
Here’s a super-simple device that will let you coax new sounds from your fuzz pedal.
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Keep Calm and Carry On: Staying Cool Under Pressure

March 11, 2013
In the grand scheme of things, the most important thing to remember is that when people come to see you play, they are on your side.
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Twang 101: Double-Stop Tricks

February 19, 2013
Combine hybrid picking, open strings, and some Nashville "snap" to get the most out of your double-stop licks.
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Bass Pedals: Basic to Playhouse

February 4, 2013
LEFT: Providing a big, warm, well-compressed tone with an option for extra distortion, this basic pedalboard setup covers the needs for 90 percent of my work. RIGHT: For solo-bass
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PRS Makeover: Blasphemy or Alchemy?

February 4, 2013
A longtime Premier Guitar fan scores an autograph-laden ''80s CE and struggles with the dilemma of keeping it all-original or having the PRS Technical Center update it to current specs.
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Simplify Your Life: Portable Power Tools for the Modern Guitarist

February 4, 2013
Compact yet loaded with effects, amp modeling, built-in speakers and much more, the eBand JS-10 from Roland is an ultra-portable practice station. Remember the ’80s? I’m talking about crazy
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