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State of the Stomp: A Pedal Builder’s Pet Peeves

November 8, 2016
Dwarfcraft Devices' Ben Hinz serves up a checklist of how to royally piss him off.
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Bass Bench: Straight or Bowed Neck?

November 4, 2016
Here’s how to adjust your truss rod for a low-action setup.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Water’s War on Wood

November 1, 2016
Taylor Guitars master luthier Andy Powers explains weather and humidity's affects on guitars so you can help your instruments live less stressful lives.
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Tone Tips: A Crash Course on Buffers

October 31, 2016
Preserve your core tone by strategically placing a buffer in your signal chain.
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Bass Bench: The Magic Truss Rod

October 28, 2016
How does the relentless pull of bass strings affect the mechanically weakest part of the instrument?
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The Recording Guitarist: Let It Bleed

October 26, 2016
Learn how to not just accept but love mic leakage in the studio.
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Tuning Up: Vocal Cords—the Final Guitar Frontier?

October 24, 2016
You’ve spent your life learning from 6- and 4-string idols. Now it’s time to listen to the singer.
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Ask Amp Man: Fattening Up a Vox AC30C2X

October 21, 2016
Find out how redirecting resistors and adding a DPDT switch to your Brit combo will yield bigger tones and more control.
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Last Call: How to Never Be Great

October 10, 2016
How a 1983 MTV interview with David Bowie gave PG's John Bohlinger new insights on reaching higher.
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Mod Garage: Demystifying DCR

October 7, 2016
Do you ever get confused trying to interpret pickup specs? Here’s the lowdown on the most ubiquitous pickup parameter.
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State of the Stomp: Less Really Can Be More

October 6, 2016
Is your pedalboard overpopulated?
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Tone Tips: Echo and the Dirty Amp

October 3, 2016
Pedal order does matter, but cool things can happen when you buck the norm.
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Ask Amp Man: Upping the Gain on a Super Reverb

September 26, 2016
How to get more drive with a simple mod.
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Guitar Shop 101: Touch-up a String Nut with Super Glue

September 16, 2016
After replacing or upgrading a nut, finish the job with fast-acting cyanoacrylate adhesive.
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On Bass: Get Over Your Tone

September 11, 2016
Step out of your comfort zone by strapping on an unfamiliar bass.
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Bass Bench: Alternative Strap Systems

September 9, 2016
If standing for hours with a neck-heavy bass is causing you back pain, here are some solutions.
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The Recording Guitarist: The Fabulous “Focus Knob”

September 4, 2016
A studio-savvy wiring mod that’s quick, easy, and cheap.
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Mod Garage: Strat-PRS Crossover Wiring

August 26, 2016
Want a vast sonic palette at your fingertips? Here’s a way to get 10 unique sounds from one guitar.
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Last Call: The Ballad of Mandolin Mike

August 25, 2016
A Nashville street musician’s saga is a lesson in determination and freedom.
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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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