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Guitar Shop 101: The ABCs of Output Jacks

March 25, 2016
Passive pickups, active electronics, and acoustic-electric guitars with dual-pickup sources all require different types of output jacks. Do you know how to wire them up?
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Last Call: “Do Not Fear Mistakes. There Are None.”

March 22, 2016
The artist’s path has hurdles. Don’t get caught up on them.
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On Bass: Varying Techniques in a Song

March 17, 2016
How to practice staying even when bass lines get odd.
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Recording Guitarist: A Music Memo Demo

March 14, 2016
Apple’s new Music Memos app is a godsend for guitarists on the go.
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Mod Garage: Riptide Stratocaster Wiring

March 4, 2016
Can you merge the best qualities of a Strat and Tele?
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Ask Amp Man: Reviving an Alamo Fury

March 2, 2016
A dead amp bought for next to nothing might—with a few inexpensive fixes—become a new workhorse.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Little Mods, Big Results

February 25, 2016
If you’re not getting the tone you want out of your acoustic, a simple and quick tweak might get you a little closer.
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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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