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How-Tos

Ask Amp Man: Diagnosing an Ailing Blues Junior

February 23, 2016
A blown fuse can mean your amp has bigger problems. Here’s how to find them.
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State of the Stomp: The Noise of Art

February 17, 2016
Today’s unwanted sounds may become the aural delights of tomorrow.
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Luther Dickinson: “Hurry Up Sunrise” Video Premiere

February 16, 2016
The North Mississippi Allstars frontman performs a song from his new solo album and gives a spirited lesson in hill country blues fingerpicking.
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Bass Bench: Passive Distortion

February 12, 2016
Can you generate onboard overdrive with no batteries?
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Mod Garage: Les Paul Master Wiring #3

February 5, 2016
Want split-second tone switching on your dual-humbucker guitar? Try this simple yet potent mod.
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The Recording Guitarist: Cunning Transposition Tricks

February 3, 2016
Sometimes a capo is all you need to create cool overdubs.
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Tone Tips: Hands vs. Gear?

January 13, 2016
Does a great guitar sound originate in a player’s hands, gear, or both?
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Guitar Shop 101: Five Ways to Use a Digital Multimeter

January 8, 2016
This handy tool can be a guitarist’s best friend.
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The Recording Guitarist: How to Apply Fairy Dust

January 7, 2016
Animate your recording with high-tuned instruments.
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Last Call: The Journey of Frodo Douchebaggins

January 5, 2016
Why do musicians have a bad reputation? Because we’ve earned it.
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Mod Garage: Dealing with Knobs and Pots

January 1, 2016
Who knew that something as seemingly simple as replacing pots or swapping knobs could be so tricky?
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Bass Bench: Decoding Fender’s Greasebucket and TBX Circuits

December 25, 2015
Can you really expand your sound with a passive control?
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Tone Tips: Modelers vs. Traditional Rigs, Part 2

December 23, 2015
You can keep some tradition and still take advantage of what modeling has to offer.
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Ask Amp Man: If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Break It!

December 22, 2015
Sometimes “improving” a funky vintage amp can ruin its sonic charm.
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Guitar Shop 101: Wiring Humbuckers in Parallel on an HH Strat

December 11, 2015
Put some shimmer and spank into your dual-humbucker guitar with this alternative wiring scheme.
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The Recording Guitarist: Should You Change Your Electric's Strings Before Tracking?

December 10, 2015
Sometimes—depending on the vibe you’re hunting—new isn’t always best.
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On Bass: The Reluctant Tapper

December 8, 2015
Victor Brodén navigates the uncharted waters of a technique he’s long avoided.
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Bass Bench: Passive Interplay

December 4, 2015
There’s much to consider when pondering the merits of active versus passive bass guitar circuits.
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Ask Amp Man: Raising the Roof on a Peavey Classic

November 29, 2015
Discover tricks to increase headroom in this popular 20-watt head.
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Mod Garage: Les Paul Master Wiring #2

November 27, 2015
Have you ever wanted a single tone control for your Les Paul? If so, check out this easy mod.
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