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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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State of the Stomp: Hammond’s Leslie-in-a-Box

June 23, 2014
Many have tried to mimic the Leslie sound via stompbox. Has Hammond finally nailed it?
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Bass Bench: Designing a 24-string Bass

June 20, 2014
The challenges of designing an extreme extended-range instrument.
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Esoterica Electrica: Control Freak

June 17, 2014
Jol Dantzig ponders control placement on electric guitars.
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On Bass: Making the Leap

June 15, 2014
How one bassist went from small-time to stadiums.
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Guitar Shop 101: Demystifying Truss-Rod Tools

June 13, 2014
Okay, you want to adjust your guitar’s truss rod. What’s the right tool?
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Last Call: Growing Apart

June 6, 2014
What’s it like to revisit the music of one’s youth?
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State of the Stomp: The Beauty of a Loop

June 4, 2014
Why not put the stompboxes you use only occasionally in a set on a single effect loop?
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