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Tuning Up: Musikmesse Zeitgeist - Top 10 Moments from Frankfurt

May 11, 2015
The jet lag’s almost gone, but certain memories from the big Frankfurt gear show will never go away….
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Tools for the Task: String Changing Accessories

May 8, 2015
Take the hassle of changing strings down a few notches.
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State of the Stomp: Sharing (the Mix) Is Caring

May 4, 2015
What happens when everyone in the band tries to “cut through the mix?”
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Acoustic Soundboard: Great Live Sound Doesn’t Just Happen

May 3, 2015
Due diligence will yield the live sound you seek.
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Bass Bench: The Electric Bow

May 1, 2015
In search of infinite sustain? Consider exploring the EBow.
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Tone Tips: The Lowdown on Load Boxes, Attenuators, and Reamps

April 29, 2015
Making your amp work for you in any situation.
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Trash or Treasure: 1927 Gibson L-0

April 28, 2015
A closeted-for-decades pre-war Gibson flattop might find new life.
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Staff Picks: Love-Hate Songs

April 27, 2015
Sometimes a tune can annoy us even when it possesses great musicianship. The Ghost Wolves’ 6-stringer Carley Wolf joins us in talking about ditties that drive us crazy.
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Guitar Shop 101: How to Take Your Les Paul into the Slide Zone

April 24, 2015
Ready to tweak your 6-string for maximum musical versatility?
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On Bass: On Compression

April 23, 2015
Don’t write off compression—embrace it and use it to your advantage.
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Last Call: What Is Style?

April 22, 2015
Are you expressing yourself or just wearing a costume?
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Vintage Vault: 1967 Gibson ES-335TD Pelham Blue

April 20, 2015
The classic double-cutaway thinline in glorious Pelham Blue.
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Ask Amp Man: Restoring a 1979 Fender Twin Reverb

April 19, 2015
A modded monster regains its former “glory.”
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Mod Garage: Telecaster Series Wiring

April 17, 2015
Get meatier Tele sounds without changing your pickups.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: The Humbucker’s Immortal Coil

April 15, 2015
To expose or not to expose your humbuckers, and a little history behind the question.
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State of the Stomp: Quiet Time

April 13, 2015
Simple techniques to banish pedalboard noise and hum.
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Bass Bench: A Funky Tool

April 10, 2015
Inspired by a Peter Gabriel session, Tony Levin’s Funk Fingers bring a drummer’s touch to the bass.
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Tuning Up: Shatner, Cat Parasites, and the Quest for Mastery

April 6, 2015
How science nerdery makes you a better musician than guitar-god worship.
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Ask Amp Man: Taming a Hiwatt DR-201

April 6, 2015
When it comes to super-powerful tube amps, can you have too much of a good thing?
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