December 2016

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State of the Stomp: More Sounds from Fewer Pedals

March 3, 2015
Sometimes you get more drama from a single high-gain pedal than from several redundant overdrives.
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Mod Garage: Humbucker Height Adjustment

February 27, 2015
What’s the ideal pickup height? And how do you adjust the pole pieces?
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Staff Picks: Dynamic Duos

February 26, 2015
Shakey Graves joins PG editors and our Reader of the Month in naming the fantasy guitar duos of our dreams.
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On Bass: Music Wants Its Slap Back

February 24, 2015
If a bassist slaps in the woods, is it musical?
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: The Musician’s Clubhouse

February 23, 2015
There are hints of a music-retail renaissance in the air, and the former man behind Hamer likes it.
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Ask Amp Man: Tweaking a Fender Champ II

February 22, 2015
The rare Fender Champ II—and some ways to improve it.
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Guitar Shop 101: Tips for Buying a Used Electric

February 20, 2015
Do a little homework before you go shopping for a used electric guitar.
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Last Call: The Age of Ageism

February 18, 2015
Over 27? Don’t let your age dampen your enthusiasm for playing badass music.
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Vintage Vault: 1962 Gretsch 6196 Country Club

February 16, 2015
Gretsch’s first cutaway electrics made their debut in 1951. Discover when the Cadillac Green 6196 joined the Country Club line.
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Tools for the Task: Slides

February 11, 2015
A look at some of the slide options available today.
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Tuning Up: B.B. King’s Adventures in Kicking Nervousness’ Ass

February 10, 2015
Even if you hate the blues, the Mississippi legend’s stage-fright-fighting advice is pretty much the best ever.
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State of the Stomp: A Solid Case For Doing It Wrong

February 9, 2015
Why it’s good to question pedalboard “rules.”
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Acoustic Soundboard: It’s All in Your Head

February 8, 2015
Achieving a great live sound with an amplified acoustic takes work and a solid understanding of what is and isn’t possible.
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Bass Bench: DIY Fretless Conversion, Pt. 2

February 6, 2015
How to handle the finishing touches on your homemade fretless bass.
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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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