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Stratocaster Q&A, 2011

April 19, 2011
A selection of Strat-related questions from Dirk''s inbox.
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The Working Guitarist: Different Approaches to Guitar Effects

March 23, 2011
Pedalboards, effects loops, or wet/dry/wet rigs, Peter Thorn explains each approach to effects.
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Stomp School: What's Inside Your Pedals?

March 15, 2011
Greetings, pedal stompers, and welcome back to Stomp School. It occurs to me that I might have lost a few of you in last month’s discussion of technologies such as
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On Track: Wisdom From A True Original

March 15, 2011
An interview with Sam Broussard, who mixes Cajun, funk, and slide for a truly unique sound
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Mod Garage: The Fender S-1 Switching System

March 15, 2011
This month, we’ll take a look at the Fender S-1 switching system. Essentially, it’s a special multi-stage push/push pot designed to deliver maximum flexibility without muddling the appearance of your
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Ask Amp Man: Bringing A Gibson Duo-Medalist Back to Life, Pt. 2

March 15, 2011
Last month we began renovating and modding a late-’60s Gibson Duo-Medalist combo belonging to Tommy Kirst. (You’ll find the first installment of this series, along with the amp’s schematic and
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On Bass: The Call

March 15, 2011
It’s the event we all dream of—the one point in our musical time line that can define a career. That magical phone call (or email or text) asking if you’re
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Guitar Tracks: The Right Mic, Pt. 4

March 15, 2011
A modern take on classic ribbon-mic design, the Audio Engineering Associates R84 has a figure-8 polar pattern, which captures sound from both the front and rear of the capsule.
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The Low End: Sometimes the Good Guys Win

March 15, 2011
This is the true saga of the recent theft and recovery of one of my basses. This bass is very expensive and a very special instrument. The crazy thing is,
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Signal Chain: Going Au Natural

March 15, 2011
It is quite amazing how unique we are as guitarists. If 10 players were to play the same instrument with the identical setup, each would sound very different from the
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