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Tuning Up: Jedi Solace for the Tortured Artist?

August 4, 2014
George Lucas brain scans and interviews with legendary novelists and Nobel-winning scientists are proving creativity junkies really do suffer for their art.
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Bass Bench: Introducing the Headless Bass

August 1, 2014
Once in a great while, true innovation rears its head. Or perhaps lack thereof.
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Ask Amp Man: Can My Fender Amp Sound More Like a Marshall?

July 31, 2014
Modding a ’80s Fender Concert for JTM-style tones.
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The Recording Guitarist: The ABCs of EQ

July 30, 2014
A really quick, really dirty intro to equalization.
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Vintage Vault: Late-’70s Mesa/Boogie Mark I and Mark II Combos

July 28, 2014
Travel back in time to celebrate the birth of high-gain guitar amplification.
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Staff Picks: Road Songs

July 27, 2014
Alice Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss joins the PG staff to talk about road-trip songs and current guitar obsessions.
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Guitar Shop 101: Installing an EVH D-Tuna on a Floyd Rose

July 25, 2014
Want to add dropped-D capability to your Floyd-equipped guitar? Van Halen’s easily installed device lets you instantaneously drop your 6th string a whole-step.
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On Bass: The Song Guys

July 23, 2014
Killer chops are great, but keeping the groove and subtlety top-of-mind when laying down the low end is all-important.
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Mod Garage: Decouple Your Les Paul’s Volume Controls

July 18, 2014
Ever been frustrated by how the two volume controls interact on a dual-humbucker axe? Here’s how to make them work independently.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: How to Buy a Guitar

July 18, 2014
Some keen advice on shopping for an axe.
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Last Call: “What Color Is Your Parachute?” and Other Stupid Questions

July 14, 2014
As musicians, each of us must eventually ponder a vexing question: Can art and commerce coexist?
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Trash or Treasure: Custom Kraft Ambassador

July 11, 2014
A reader finds a steal of a deal at $2 for a vintage Custom Kraft Ambassador.
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Tuning Up: Funk Sh*! Up

July 10, 2014
Sick of playing predictably? Take a few tips from the booty-shakin’ masters.
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Ask Amp Man: Does My Mesa Head Need All Eight Power Tubes?

July 9, 2014
Can you remove half the power tubes in a Mesa Simul-Class head to play at lower volume?
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Tone Tips: Developing Songs

July 8, 2014
Pete Thorn details the process he uses to compose and record instrumental “mini songs.”
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Tools for the Task: Amp Accessories

July 4, 2014
This month we check out tried-and-true add-ons to protect and transport your treasured amps and cabs.
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Acoustic Soundboard: The Dos and Don’ts of DIY

June 30, 2014
Knowing how to do simple guitar-setup tasks is a good thing, but some work should be left to the professionals.
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Mod Garage: Adding an Out-of-Phase Switch to a Telecaster

June 27, 2014
Ready to coax out-of-phase sounds from a Tele?
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The Recording Guitarist: On Beyond Analog!

June 26, 2014
Many guitarists were reared on the dogma that only tubes provide good distortion. Like all dogma, this should be challenged.
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Vintage Vault: 1964 Rickenbacker 325

June 24, 2014
A line of guitars used by John Lennon and John Fogerty was named after the company owner’s cat.
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