December 2016

Premier Blog

Mod Garage: The Bill Lawrence 5-way Telecaster Circuit

August 14, 2015
Get convincing “in-between” Strat sounds from Teles and other two-pickup guitars.
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Vintage Vault: 1972 Fender Jaguar

August 12, 2015
In its day, the Jaguar was Fender’s top-of-the-line model.
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Staff Picks: Get in the Spirit

August 10, 2015
What craft beverage would you make, and with who? Nick Reinhart of Tera Melos joins us in dreaming up cold ones to go with our favorite guitar riffs.
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Acoustic Soundboard: The Intersection of Creativity and Technology

August 10, 2015
It’s good to recognize your own biases—and to challenge them sometimes.
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Tone Tips: Speakers—The Final Frontier

August 4, 2015
Don’t forget the importance of your drivers.
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Bass Bench: Using Microphones in Acoustic Bass Guitars

July 31, 2015
The pros and cons of installing an onboard mic in a flattop bass.
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State of the Stomp: The Golden Age of Echo

July 28, 2015
Digital delays can cover 75 percent of the echo sounds you need. So what’s the other 25 percent?
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Ask Amp Man: Troubleshooting a Peavey Classic 50

July 27, 2015
The Peavey Classic line included some of the company’s finest amps—but they require special troubleshooting procedures.
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Guitar Shop 101: Dealing with a Stripped Truss-Rod Nut

July 24, 2015
Replacing a stripped truss-rod nut can be an inexpensive DIY repair—if you know how to approach it.
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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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