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How-Tos

Acoustic Soundboard: Measuring and Adjusting Your Guitar’s Action

August 23, 2016
Even if you don’t do setups yourself, knowing how to take key measurements of your guitar’s action will help you get the feel and playability you're looking for.
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Ask Amp Man: Taming a Marshall’s Extreme Treble

August 19, 2016
Here are a few easy ways to warm up a bright vintage Marshall head.
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Tone Tips: Make Your Move

August 16, 2016
Location may be more important in music than it is in real estate.
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Bass Bench: The Gravity of Back Pain

August 12, 2016
Most basses are heavy and unbalanced. Should you be concerned about how this affects your body?
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The Recording Guitarist: Trashy Good Tones

August 8, 2016
Can you get great studio sounds from crappy guitars?
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Guitar Shop 101: Using Super Glue in Guitar Repair

August 7, 2016
The fast-acting adhesive can work wonders ... if you know how to handle it safely.
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Mod Garage: Rewiring a Fender Jaguar

July 29, 2016
Want to beef up this iconic solidbody’s sounds? We’ll show you how.
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Ask Amp Man: Troubleshooting a Finicky Maverick

July 25, 2016
Sudden changes in volume? Check the effects loop, sockets, and tubes.
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How to Buy a Used Amp

July 22, 2016
Tim Schroeder—amp builder for Jeff Tweedy and Nels Cline—offers seven tips for avoiding the post-purchase blues.
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State of the Stomp: Delay vs. Reverb

July 22, 2016
A reverb junkie searches for the perfect delay buzz.
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Guitar Shop 101: Happy Little (String) Trees

July 15, 2016
Do the open strings buzz or sound wimpy on your Fender-style guitar? Maybe the problem lies at the headstock.
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Last Call: Fix Yo’ Mix

July 11, 2016
Want your band to sound great onstage? Turn down and listen up.
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Mod Garage: Rewiring a Fender Mustang

July 1, 2016
Here’s how to streamline the pickup switching scheme on an underrated Fender.
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Guitar Shop 101: How to Repair Delaminated Neck Binding

June 21, 2016
Got some loose fretboard binding? No worries—here are a few easy steps to fix it.
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Ask Amp Man: Reduce Power with a Pentode/Triode Switch

June 16, 2016
How to mod a high-wattage amp for all playing situations.
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How to Record Crushing Tones

June 14, 2016
Monster producers Steve Evetts (Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die) and Chris “Zeuss” Harris (Shadows Fall, Rob Zombie) share their secrets on gear, gain, pedals, layering, microphones, and more.
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Last Call: Dyeing to Entertain

June 14, 2016
Classic rockers, we know how old you are. So why keep up the charade?
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Thurston Moore Gets His Yuri Landman / Premier Guitar DIY Drone Guitar

June 9, 2016
Check out the new video footage of Yuri and Thurston chatting about the instrument’s unusual design, then watch Moore test the guitar at a gig the same night.
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Mod Garage: Restoring Vintage Guitar Tuners

June 3, 2016
Old tuners can seize up—especially if they haven’t been used in years—but it’s not hard to bring them back to life.
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