December 2016

How-Tos

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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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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Tone Tips: Dialing in Your Gear for Great Sound

June 1, 2015
Some easy tricks for coaxing primo timbres from your guitars, amps, and pedals.
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Ask Amp Man: Beefing Up a Vintage Fender Vibrolux Reverb

May 27, 2015
Can you turn a vintage Fender Vibrolux Reverb into a mini Super Reverb?
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On Bass: Prep Like a Pro

May 26, 2015
Try a form chart to help you learn a song inside and out.
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Guitar Shop 101: Upgrade Your Tele with an Electrosocket Jack Mount

May 22, 2015
Does your Tele suffer from “wobbly jack cap” syndrome? Here’s a cheap and easy fix.
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The Recording Guitarist: How to Prepare a Delicious Amp Sandwich

May 18, 2015
Blending amps for cool composite tones.
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