December 2016

Premier Blog

Staff Picks: Workout Regimens

November 8, 2015
Florence and the Machine’s 6-stringer Robert Ackroyd joins us in discussing our current practice regimens and warm-up rituals.
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Guitar Shop 101: Tips for Replacing a Tele-Style 3-Way Switch

November 6, 2015
Got a funky blade switch on your T-style guitar? Here’s how to install a new one.
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On Bass: Deconstructing a Perfect Bass Line

November 4, 2015
Break down the mind-blowing bass-line elements from a late-’80s Bon Jovi hit.
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State of the Stomp: Imagine All the Pedals

November 3, 2015
Whether you play bass or guitar, you’d better stick to “your kind” of stomps. Or maybe not.
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Mod Garage: Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster Mods

October 30, 2015
Craving Blackmore’s signature tones? These easy mods will edge you closer.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Tooling Up

October 29, 2015
Look beyond a stunning guitar, and you’ll likely find equally stunning tooling that brought the instrument to life.
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Last Call: Get Bitter or Get Better

October 28, 2015
Rejection comes with the territory. How do you deal with it?
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The Recording Guitarist: Tracking Direct (Without Amp Modelers)

October 26, 2015
Sometimes it’s good not to have an amp-like tone.
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Reader Guitar of the Month: Hallmark Swept-Wing

October 23, 2015
A resurrected orange sparkle Hallmark Swept-Wing with a great backstory.
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Tuning Up: A Call to Literate Guitar Dweebs

October 21, 2015
This isn’t a request for your resume. It’s a plea to build one.
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Ask Amp Man: Taming a Twin Reverb

October 20, 2015
Can you reduce the power of a JBL-equipped Twin without sacrificing its signature sound?
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Tools for the Task: PAF-Style Pickups

October 16, 2015
Ten PAF-style options to freshen your tone.
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Tone Tips: Modelers vs. Traditional Rigs

October 15, 2015
To model, or not to model? That depends on what type of player you are.
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Acoustic Soundboard: (Scale) Length Matters

October 14, 2015
String scale length certainly affects playability, but it also has a huge role in a guitar’s sound.
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Staff Picks: Talking to Hendrix

October 12, 2015
The legendary Buffy Sainte-Marie joins us in channeling our favorite ghost.
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State of the Stomp: It Gets Weirder

October 11, 2015
Who cares about the next great overdrive? Give me the obscure and the bizarre.
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Guitar Shop 101: How to Intonate an Acoustic 12-String

October 9, 2015
A client wanted her D-12-20 to fret in tune all along the fretboard. Can it be done?
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On Bass: Challenging the Visual Status Quo

October 5, 2015
What does the bass model you choose to play say about your playing ability?
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Bass Bench: How to Adjust Your Pickups

October 2, 2015
There’s more to this essential setup step than meets the eye (or ear).
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Vintage Vault: 1948 Gibson L-5 Premiere Natural

September 28, 2015
Learn the story behind one of the world’s most iconic archtops.
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