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Guitar Shop 101: Squeezing More Life Out of Worn Frets

January 23, 2015
If it’s hard to coax rich tones from your acoustic, your guitar may need to have its frets leveled.
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On Bass: Advice for Guitarists … from a Bassist

January 19, 2015
Savvy advice for guitarists—from a bass-playing musical director’s perspective.
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Recording Guitarist: A Mobile Recording Reality Check

January 16, 2015
Just how good can those tablet and phone recordings sound?
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Last Call: How to Blow and Suck in One Quick Lesson

January 14, 2015
Want to shine at your next jam session? Check out these blues-harp basics.
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Ask Amp Man: Tube Savvy 101

January 6, 2015
If you play through a tube amp, here’s some upkeep knowledge to help in the quest of great tone.
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Tuning Up: 2 + 2 = 5 (or “The Formula to Avoid Being Formulaic”)

January 5, 2015
PG’s chief editor theorizes a wacky equation that puts a happy face on Orwell’s math.
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Bass Bench: DIY Fretless Conversion

January 2, 2015
Here’s what you need to know about going fretless.
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The Recording Guitarist: Are You Ready for Your Close-Up—and Should You Be?

January 1, 2015
You’ve spent thousands of hours perfecting your ultimate tone. Now forget about it.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Grading Tonewoods—Tops

December 29, 2014
Beauty is only skin deep when it comes to choosing the right tonewoods for your dream guitar.
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Guitar Shop 101: Dress Up Your Strat with a New Pickguard

December 19, 2014
Here’s a fun way to update your loyal 6-string’s look.
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Last Call: Play Les, Say More

December 15, 2014
What makes a perfect solo?
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Tone Tips: Rut Busters

December 11, 2014
Try these tips to navigate your way out of a playing rut.
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Tuning Up: Nip It in the Bud (No Excuses and No Regrets)

December 8, 2014
Our aspirations so often die a long, slow death by procrastination, perfectionism, and/or self-delusion. Here's what we can do about it.
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Bass Bench: The Hybrid Fretted/Fretless Electric Bass

December 4, 2014
Can bassists have two worlds at their fingertips?
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Mod Garage: Varitone Wiring, Reloaded and Extended

November 28, 2014
Cool variations on Gibson’s multi-cap tone control.
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On Bass: The Wrecking Crew—Basses You Need to Get the Job Done

November 24, 2014
Though seasoned bassists can coax a variety of tones from a single instrument, sometimes it’s necessary to bring an arsenal.
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Guitar Shop 101: Coil-Tap an HSS Strat

November 21, 2014
Sometimes a small wiring change can yield major sonic dividends.
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A Live Looping Lesson

November 18, 2014
Whether you use a simple one-shot looper or a complex multitrack model, these tips can enliven your loop-based performances.
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Acoustic Soundboard: You Can’t Always Get What You Want, Pt. 2

November 17, 2014
Before you can achieve your ideal amplified-acoustic sound, you need to have a very clear definition of what that ideal really is.
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