October 2016

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Ask Amp Man: The Mysterious Tusc

February 4, 2015
Reviving a rare programmable amp from the early ’80s.
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Tone Tips: Decoding the PAF Humbucker

February 2, 2015
Why are these pickups so popular? And why does their sound vary so much from unit to unit?
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Vintage Vault: 1963 Fender Esquire Custom and 1962 Fender Super

February 1, 2015
The refined update of Fender’s first standard solidbody.
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Mod Garage: Conquering Classical Guitar String-Changing Terror

January 29, 2015
Faster, easier ways to install nylon strings.
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Staff Picks: Pining for Thy Board

January 28, 2015
What pedalboard haunts your dreams? PG editors chime in along with Upon a Burning Body’s Ruben Alvarez.
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Guitar Shop 101: Squeezing More Life Out of Worn Frets

January 23, 2015
If it’s hard to coax rich tones from your acoustic, your guitar may need to have its frets leveled.
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On Bass: Advice for Guitarists … from a Bassist

January 19, 2015
Savvy advice for guitarists—from a bass-playing musical director’s perspective.
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Esoterica Electrica: Looking Past a Nice Body

January 18, 2015
Like the proverbial chicken or the egg question, is it the neck or the body?
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Recording Guitarist: A Mobile Recording Reality Check

January 16, 2015
Just how good can those tablet and phone recordings sound?
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Ask Amp Man: Tube Savvy 101

January 6, 2015
If you play through a tube amp, here’s some upkeep knowledge to help in the quest of great tone.
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Tuning Up: 2 + 2 = 5 (or “The Formula to Avoid Being Formulaic”)

January 5, 2015
PG’s chief editor theorizes a wacky equation that puts a happy face on Orwell’s math.
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Tone Tips: Put Yourself Out There

January 4, 2015
Who says playing air guitar can’t lead to a career as a professional musician?
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Bass Bench: DIY Fretless Conversion

January 2, 2015
Here’s what you need to know about going fretless.
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The Recording Guitarist: Are You Ready for Your Close-Up—and Should You Be?

January 1, 2015
You’ve spent thousands of hours perfecting your ultimate tone. Now forget about it.
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Best Albums of 2014

December 31, 2014
PG’s music-loving staffers reveal their favorite records of the past year.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Grading Tonewoods—Tops

December 29, 2014
Beauty is only skin deep when it comes to choosing the right tonewoods for your dream guitar.
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Mod Garage: A PRS-Style Pickup Selector for Dual-Humbucker Guitars

December 26, 2014
Unlock new tones with Paul Reed Smith’s rotary switching scheme.
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Trash or Treasure: Magnatone Custom 440

December 25, 2014
True treasures can literally be found in the trash.
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On Bass: When Your Go-To Lines Aren’t Enough

December 23, 2014
If you’re a bassist struggling to compose an interesting and unpredictable bass line, try these tips.
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Guitar Shop 101: Dress Up Your Strat with a New Pickguard

December 19, 2014
Here’s a fun way to update your loyal 6-string’s look.
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