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How-Tos

Guitar Shop 101: How to Intonate an Acoustic 12-String

October 9, 2015
A client wanted her D-12-20 to fret in tune all along the fretboard. Can it be done?
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Bass Bench: How to Adjust Your Pickups

October 2, 2015
There’s more to this essential setup step than meets the eye (or ear).
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Mod Garage: A Flexible Dual-Humbucker Wiring Scheme

September 25, 2015
Get five sounds from your H/H guitar.
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Tone Tips: The Right Stuff

September 14, 2015
Luck is certainly involved in becoming a pro guitarist, but there is absolutely no substitute for dedicated work.
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State of the Stomp: They’re Just as Dumb as We Are!

September 11, 2015
Seek advice—but don’t automatically believe it.
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Guitar Shop 101: Got a Loose Screw?

August 28, 2015
Here’s how to secure the pickguard on a solidbody with stripped screw holes.
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On Bass: Unlearn Your Bass

August 24, 2015
Step out of your tuning comfort zone and you may be pleased with the musical results.
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Bass Bench: Mysterious Magnetism

August 21, 2015
What really happens if you move those pickups as close as possible to your strings?
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Ask Amp Man: Demystifying the Ibanez GX20's Volume Knobs

August 18, 2015
How to make sense of the cascading gain stages in a 1980s solid-state combo.
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Last Call: Player, Collector, or Hoarder?

August 17, 2015
It might be time to ask yourself some tough questions.
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Mod Garage: The Bill Lawrence 5-way Telecaster Circuit

August 14, 2015
Get convincing “in-between” Strat sounds from Teles and other two-pickup guitars.
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Acoustic Soundboard: The Intersection of Creativity and Technology

August 10, 2015
It’s good to recognize your own biases—and to challenge them sometimes.
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Tone Tips: Speakers—The Final Frontier

August 4, 2015
Don’t forget the importance of your drivers.
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Bass Bench: Using Microphones in Acoustic Bass Guitars

July 31, 2015
The pros and cons of installing an onboard mic in a flattop bass.
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State of the Stomp: The Golden Age of Echo

July 28, 2015
Digital delays can cover 75 percent of the echo sounds you need. So what’s the other 25 percent?
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Ask Amp Man: Troubleshooting a Peavey Classic 50

July 27, 2015
The Peavey Classic line included some of the company’s finest amps—but they require special troubleshooting procedures.
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Guitar Shop 101: Dealing with a Stripped Truss-Rod Nut

July 24, 2015
Replacing a stripped truss-rod nut can be an inexpensive DIY repair—if you know how to approach it.
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On Bass: Maximize Rumble, Minimize Blowback

July 23, 2015
How to create an onstage bass presence without pissing off your bandmates and FOH engineer.
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