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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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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Endorsement Check—the Other Pay to Play

July 22, 2015
How influential—if at all—are celebrity endorsements when you’re shopping for gear?
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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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Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Jay Turser ES-125 Copy

July 19, 2015
A copy of my onetime dream guitar—for $145.
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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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Vintage Vault: 1968 Gibson Trini Lopez Deluxe

July 14, 2015
The rare wide-bodied version of an eccentric Gibson classic.
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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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Tuning Up: Record or Die!

June 29, 2015
Forget the woodshed—invest in some cheap recording gear and witness the unparalleled power and wonder of the 21st-century studio.
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Staff Picks: Grinding Gears

June 26, 2015
Denver Dalley of Desaparecidos joins us in venting about guitar-related pet peeves.
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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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Trash or Treasure: Vox V125 Bass

June 21, 2015
A rare early-’80s bass amp model sometimes used by Paul McCartney.
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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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On Bass: Developing Your Solo Voice

June 16, 2015
How can you make your solos sing?
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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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Bass Bench: Positioning Piezo Pickups on an Acoustic Bass Guitar

June 12, 2015
When the piezo is under high pressure, the resulting tones can be harsh, unnaturally direct, and overly percussive.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Picking Parts and Perfection

June 11, 2015
Tone and playability rule, but there’s more to consider when checking out a guitar.
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