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How-Tos

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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State of the Stomp: A Brilliant Pedalboard Book

October 5, 2014
Japanese audio guru Yukihiro Hayashi shares his techniques for building the perfect pedalboard.
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The Recording Guitarist: Tracking Yourself on Acoustic

September 30, 2014
What’s the best method when you’re the player, engineer, and producer?
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Ask Amp Man: Restoring a Deluxe Reverb’s Magic

September 29, 2014
Can a different rectifier tube improve an amp’s sound and feel?
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Guitar Shop 101: How to Install an Onboard Buffer System in a Strat

September 26, 2014
Buffering your Strat’s pickups with an onboard circuit provides several sonic dividends.
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Last Call: I'm Not Hurting Anyone but Myself

September 24, 2014
Can you become addicted to guitar?
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Tone Tips: Taking It to the Wall

September 19, 2014
Hard work, a positive attitude, and giving your all is just as important as your playing.
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State of the Stomp: The Importance of Contingency Planning

September 18, 2014
Guitarists are great optimists, but in our technology-fueled world, you need a backup plan.
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Build Your Own Stompbox!

September 9, 2014
Build a killer distortion pedal customized for your style. It’s easier than you think!
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Mod Garage: Inside Brian May's Red Special

September 5, 2014
Ever wonder what’s so special about the Queen guitarist’s custom guitar?
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