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Tools for the Task: Travel Guitars

April 29, 2016
Ten alternatives to road-tripping with your full-size axe.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Flattop Fajitas, Curry, and Cordon Bleu

April 26, 2016
Like a chef, a guitar builder strives to create a palate-pleasing balance of ingredients.
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Bass Bench: Myths and Facts of Cryogenic Treatment

April 22, 2016
It would be easy to call cryogenically treated hardware “snake oil,” but perhaps that’s not fair.
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Staff Picks: Hair-Raising Solos

April 21, 2016
The Suffers’ Kevin Bernier joins us in saluting our current faves in scorching guitar.
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Tone Tips: Ask Doctor Pete, Part 2

April 20, 2016
Tips on blending delay with overdrive, HSS Strat wiring, improving picking technique, and more.
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Reader Guitar of the Month: Yellow Submarine Strat

April 18, 2016
A Beatles fan enlists a young artist to handpaint the guitar of his dreams.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Why We Play Guitar

April 18, 2016
The veteran luthier explores the ways in which 6-strings connect us to something larger.
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Guitar Shop 101: How to Replace a Zero Fret

April 15, 2016
Learn how a zero fret functions and why it sometimes needs to be replaced.
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Last Call: Time Is on Your Side

April 14, 2016
How to make the metronome your new best friend.
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On Bass: Can You Duet?

April 13, 2016
Playing bass in a duo often requires making adjustments to your approach, but can be a very rewarding artistic endeavor when done right.
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Ask Amp Man: Returning a Deputy to the Trail

April 11, 2016
Intermittent problems can be caused by a variety of sources, from failed tube sockets to an arcing switch.
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Mod Garage: The Strat-o-Tele Crossover

April 8, 2016
Four ways to bring classic Stratocaster sounds to your Tele.
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The Recording Guitarist: Absolute Basics—The Stuff You Need

April 5, 2016
Recording gear advice for total beginners.
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Tuning Up: How to Detect Closed-Minded Insecure A$$hole Syndrome

April 4, 2016
Here’s a hint: If you agreed with Gene Simmons’ latest foot-in-mouth incident, you definitely have it.
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Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Bohemian Moonshine Guitar

April 3, 2016
Is this metal machine hillbilly chic or too hard to handle?
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State of the Stomp: In Defense of Noise

April 1, 2016
In the real world, noise happens.
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Guitar Shop 101: The ABCs of Output Jacks

March 25, 2016
Passive pickups, active electronics, and acoustic-electric guitars with dual-pickup sources all require different types of output jacks. Do you know how to wire them up?
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Trash or Treasure: A Pre-Fender Fender

March 24, 2016
A visit to a yard sale and $50 yield a rare amp with some very cool history behind it.
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Last Call: “Do Not Fear Mistakes. There Are None.”

March 22, 2016
The artist’s path has hurdles. Don’t get caught up on them.
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