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How-Tos

How Tube Amps Work

July 15, 2013
From voltage conversion to capacitors, pentodes, and class A operation, we demystify the basics of tube-amp functionality.
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iOS, Anyone?

July 10, 2013
No matter what style of music you make or how you prefer to work, there are apps and accessories for your iPad or other iDevice that will let you capture recordings and work on your music wherever you find yourself.
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How to Play Beyond Compare

July 6, 2013
Stop wondering whether your tone is as “good” as Bonamassa’s or Eddie’s or Joe Pass’ or whoever’s.
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How to Set Up a Floyd Rose-Style Trem

June 29, 2013
When a Floyd Rose-style tremolo is tilted back against the body—as shown here—you can’t use the system to its full potential.
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Factory Telecaster Wirings, Pt. 1

June 21, 2013
How Fender's factory Tele wiring evolved, and ways to mod them.
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8 Unwritten Laws of Being a Good Bandmate

June 21, 2013
See how many you're breaking, and add your own.
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It's All About the Song

June 20, 2013
A look at the kind of restraint that makes James Jamerson's basslines on Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" timeless.
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DAW Wars and More

June 16, 2013
Where do things stand with the current crop of top DAWs?
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How to Intonate a Three-Saddle Tele

June 14, 2013
Vintage-style, straight-bar saddles will never intonate properly—we find a way to fix this issue that doesn’t involve replacing the entire bridge.
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The Muse and the Guitarists That Spark It

June 13, 2013
Three of my favorite guitarists that makes me want to grab my bass and make music every time I hear them play.
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Attenuating a Fender Hot Rod DeVille

June 13, 2013
A band that doesn't mic their amps looks to pump the low end out into the room using a THD Hot Plate setup.
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How to Convert a Flattop into a High-Strung Guitar

June 11, 2013
In this step-by-step tutorial, Nashville guitar tech John Levan shows you how to convert a standard acoustic flattop into a high-strung guitar. He also offers valuable tips on checking neck relief and action, carving a bone string nut and filing nut slots, and carving and a bone saddle. Bonus! Want to hear a high-strung guitar in action? Check out the short demo following this how-to video.
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Your Partners in Good Tone

June 9, 2013
The stage and sound techs that can make or break every gig you do.
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How to Build a True-Bypass Tuner/Mute Box

June 9, 2013
Create a switcher that, when engaged, sends the guitar signal to the tuner and grounds the amplifier (mutes it).
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Fighting Feedback in a Telecaster

June 8, 2013
By addressing two of problematic areas, the following mods will dramatically reduce the chance of feedback.
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Kick Out the Jams: How to Make Your Delay Pedal Work for You

June 8, 2013
A precisely timed delay effect with just the right number of echo repeats can become part of the composition of a great riff.
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Rock ’n’ Roll Is a Contact Sport

June 7, 2013
Adrenaline, anger, excess, stupidity, and the inherent danger lurking around pits, stairs, and stages make for thousands of rock-related injuries every year.
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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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