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Recording: Going Mobile

March 28, 2016
Configured with the right accessories and apps, today’s smartphones, tablets, and laptops let you track virtually anywhere you happen to be. Here’s what you need to know.
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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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