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How-Tos

Preparing Your Tele for Future Mods

May 11, 2013
In anticipation of all the Telecaster mods we have in store, let’s devote this column to getting your pickups ready for the adventure. For starters, unstring your Tele and remove
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Keeping the Peace, Pt. 3

May 11, 2013
Let’s talk about how to put the four components of sound control to work in keeping sound from escaping our studios and music rooms.
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Time for New Bridge Pins?

May 11, 2013
Okay, you’re restringing your acoustic guitar and discover that a bridge pin is stuck. Now what? It could be time for new bridge pins or this could signal problems with
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Ignore a Modern AC30’s Standby Switch?

May 11, 2013
This amp has a history of eating power tubes and rectifier tubes.
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Perfect Imperfection

May 11, 2013
In scouring the world for more influence and knowledge, I have become hip to the widening trend of the isolated bass track on YouTube. These tracks are popping up all over the place, and surprisingly, they run the gamut from amazing to remarkably average.
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The ABCs of Compression

May 11, 2013
What’s the difference between opto, FET, VCA or tube compressors? Learn this and more in our primer.
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The Road Guitarist's Studio, Pt. 2: The Control Room

May 11, 2013
Tuned, stocked, and ready to track: A control room optimized for capturing world-class guitar tones. Welcome to another episode in our never-ending quest for tone. Last month’s column, The
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Import Tuning: 3 Simple Ways to Upgrade Your Strat

April 15, 2013
Replacing key components—such as the pickups, string nut, and tuners—can turn a workhorse guitar into a killer axe!
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Keeping the Peace, Pt. 2

April 15, 2013
In the real world, achieving a truly soundproof space is extremely difficult and extremely expensive.
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“Hey Jude” Revisited

April 15, 2013
I experienced something in this track that made the song brand new to me. I heard Paul McCartney drop the F-bomb mid-song.
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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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