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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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What's the Rush?

February 4, 2013
Has anyone tracked more mind-blowing, finger-crippling solos than Brent Mason? Photo by Ariel Ellis Just before Thanksgiving, I lead the band for The Scotty McCreery and Friends Christmas Special
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The Ultra-Flexible Esquire Wiring, PT. 2

February 4, 2013
Last month, we began a special project: We wanted to squeeze as many useable sounds as possible from a single-pickup Esquire [“The Ultra-flexible Esquire Wiring, Pt. 1,” February 2013]. And
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Adding an Extension Cab to a Fender Combo

February 4, 2013
Fender’s reissue ’65 Princeton Reverb includes a 10” Jensen C-10R, a long-spring reverb tank, a pair of 6V6 power tubes, and a 5AR4 rectifier tube. Photo courtesy of Fender
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Squier Tele Makeover: Surf-Twang Tweak-a-Rama

February 4, 2013
Guitar guru Bill Hook turns a Squier Tele into a customized twang machine at a fraction of the price of custom-shop axes.
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Fighting the Humidity Battle

February 4, 2013
Have you ever wondered why your guitar plays great one day, yet feels completely different on another?
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'60s Silvertone "Sharkfin" ET-460 K4L

February 4, 2013
When three pickups simply won’t do, reach for a Silvertone ET-460 K4L There was a time when a man was judged by the number of pickups on his guitar.
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Addressing Home-Studio Hums

February 4, 2013
I’ve received a flurry of questions from readers lately, so for this month’s column, I thought I’d share my responses to a handful of them in hopes that we can
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DIY: Yuri Landman's Flying Double Dutchman Crunch Project

January 30, 2013
Experimental luthier Yuri Landman shows us how to turn a cheap axe into a raging sonic ghost ship with just a handful of parts and a generous helping of reckless abandon.
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DIY: How to Change Guitar Pickups

January 22, 2013

In this step-by-step video tutorial, Nashville guitar tech and bass builder Tony Nagy demonstrates how to replace an electric guitar pickup and offers valuable tips on disassembling, wiring, and reassembling a Fender Stratocaster.

Bonus! Curious what a Strat sounds like strung with medium flatwounds? Check out the short demo following this how-to video.


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I Lost A Fight with an Elevator

January 9, 2013
Having $6,000 worth of gear— including my beloved Les Paul— stolen from my van was just the beginning of my Thanksgiving-weekend woes. Letting my anger get the better of me only compounded the problem. But with some astounding luck, professional counsel, and hard work, I eventually emerged victorious.
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How Should You Record?

January 9, 2013
When considering using a commercial studio versus a home studio, you have to weigh the benefits and costs.
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