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How-Tos

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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Tone Tips: A Working Guitarist’s Arsenal

November 12, 2014
Being a well-rounded sideman and session player requires more than just a couple of guitars.
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State of the Stomp: Record a Video Demo!

November 5, 2014
How to sound and look great on YouTube.
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Mod Garage: The Original Eddie Van Halen Wiring

October 31, 2014
The simple circuit that rocked the world.
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On Bass: Drummers Get Personal

October 30, 2014
Three world-class drummers wax poetic on what’s most important to them in a bassist.
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DIY: How to Install Onboard Effects

October 28, 2014
With all the pedals on the market today, why bother putting effects inside your guitar? Because it can open new tonal vistas—and it’s fun! Here’s a step-by-step guide.
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Guitar Shop 101: Tips for Buying a Used Flattop

October 24, 2014
Thinking about buying a used flattop? These tips will help you avoid costly mistakes.
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Last Call: What Would Keith Do?

October 23, 2014
Can creating a stage persona make you a better musician?
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Ask Amp Man: Dean Markley Signature Series Amps

October 22, 2014
Clapton, Lifeson, and Summers used them, but 30 years later, these innovative amps are largely forgotten.
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DIY: How to Float a Strat Trem

October 21, 2014
In this step-by-step tutorial, Nashville guitar tech John LeVan demonstrates how to “float” a two-post Stratocaster tremolo so it can both lower and raise the strings’ pitch.
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Tone Tips: All About Monitoring

October 15, 2014
In-ears or wedges? Here’s how to get the best from both onstage.
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Mod Garage: The Dick Dale Wiring

October 9, 2014
The unique wiring scheme behind the definitive surf sound.
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On Bass: Doubling (aka A Tale of Two Basses)

October 6, 2014
Three world-class bassists talk about being proficient on both electric and upright.
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