Read the October 2015 Issue


The Recording Guitarist: Are You Playing for the Song—or for Your Butt?

July 21, 2015
Try putting some distance between you and your amp—physically, sonically, and conceptually.
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Last Call: Wayne Pauley’s Tips for Tour Survival

July 20, 2015
Words of wisdom from a veteran front-of-house mixer and road sensei.
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Mod Garage: Les Paul Master Wiring #1

July 17, 2015
This simplified scheme for dual-humbucker guitars frees up two control positions for other uses.
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Tone Tips: Keep It Musical

June 30, 2015
Serve the song by choosing substance over flash. You’ll be a better player for it.
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Guitar Shop 101: Five Ways to Rock a Dremel

June 26, 2015
How to use a high-speed rotary tool for precision guitar repair.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Guitar Finishes and Care 101

June 24, 2015
The pros and cons of the two most common acoustic-guitar finishes.
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State of the Stomp: Easy Does It

June 22, 2015
Smart switching can make your onstage experience simpler and more stress-free.
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Mod Garage: The Trouble with Tribbles

June 18, 2015
Potentiometers are small and cute, but it pays to know their anatomy.
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The Recording Guitarist: Speakers? We Don’t Need No Stinking Speakers!

June 15, 2015
How to record your amp direct—and make it sound great!
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Last Call: Hitting the Curve

June 8, 2015
Is fretboard mastery more about mind control than digital dexterity?
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