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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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Vintage Vault: 1956 Fender Stratocaster (Serial #14220) and 1957 Fender Twin

June 14, 2015
It’s not Clapton’s Strat—but it’s very, very close!
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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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Ask Amp Man: Fattening Up a Fender Super-Sonic 60

June 9, 2015
Simple circuit tweaks to fatten the vintage channel and balance the burn channel.
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Last Call: Hitting the Curve

June 8, 2015
Is fretboard mastery more about mind control than digital dexterity?
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Staff Picks: Take Two

June 3, 2015
There’s always more than one way to approach a tune. This month guitarist Adam Levy joins PG editors and our Reader of the Month to discuss cover songs we prefer over the originals.
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Tone Tips: Dialing in Your Gear for Great Sound

June 1, 2015
Some easy tricks for coaxing primo timbres from your guitars, amps, and pedals.
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Tuning Up: The Infantilization of Guitar (or “Hulk Fight Robot. Hulk RAD!”)

May 31, 2015
How to avoid dumbing-down your playing and honor the true spirit of your heroes.
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Bass Bench: Amplifying an Acoustic Bass Guitar

May 29, 2015
Why do most bassists opt for a contact pickup on their acoustic axe?
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Acoustic Soundboard: Putting Recently Outdated Guitars to Work

May 28, 2015
Vintage guitars continue to fetch high dollar, but there are true bargains to be had with recently used guitars.
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On Bass: Prep Like a Pro

May 26, 2015
Try a form chart to help you learn a song inside and out.
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Guitar Shop 101: Upgrade Your Tele with an Electrosocket Jack Mount

May 22, 2015
Does your Tele suffer from “wobbly jack cap” syndrome? Here’s a cheap and easy fix.
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State of the Stomp: The Myth of “Real” Guitar Tone

May 21, 2015
Once you’ve plugged in, you’re making electronic music. Deal with it.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: The Sounds and Scents of 6-String Poetry

May 19, 2015
Musings on our romantic engagement with the guitar.
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The Recording Guitarist: How to Prepare a Delicious Amp Sandwich

May 18, 2015
Blending amps for cool composite tones.
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Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: 2002 Folk-Art Fender Strat

May 17, 2015
Can you get a good deal if you buy a guitar on the sidewalk?
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Mod Garage: Cleaning Up an Acoustic from the Inside

May 15, 2015
You won’t believe some of the debris found in old acoustic guitars. Here’s how to get rid of it.
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Last Call: Money for Nothing

May 14, 2015
Sometimes making music is reward enough.
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