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Ask Amp Man: From Silverfaces to Silvertones

March 24, 2014
Making sense of the external speaker jacks on vintage Fenders—and resurrecting a cool old Silvertone.
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Vintage Vault: 1967 Rickenbacker 366/12 Convertible

March 18, 2014
Discover how this 1967 Rickenbacker 366/12 can morph from a 12-string to a 6-string with the flick of a handle.
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State of the Stomp: Top 10 Pedal Picks from NAMM 2014

March 17, 2014
The coolest new pedals selected by a stompbox industry insider.
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Last Call: Out of Hand

March 16, 2014
Is now the time to deal with gear dependency?
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Mod Garage: Exploring the Tele Pickup Palette, Pt. 2

March 14, 2014
Before you replace your Telecaster’s bridge pickup, it’s important to understand the commonly available designs, how they differ, and what sonic purpose each serves.
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Esoterica Electrica: The Incredibly Smart and Simple Strat

March 13, 2014
What is it that makes the Stratocaster so special?
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The Recording Guitarist: Two Mics Are (Sometimes) Better than One

March 12, 2014
Recording your amp with multiple mics can add magic and mystery—or kill your tone dead.
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Tuning Up: The Power of "No."

March 10, 2014
How the fearless members of Pussy Riot teach us to fight the fight in grand and small ways.
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Mod Garage: Exploring the Tele Pickup Palette

March 7, 2014
If you decide to replace your Tele pickups, first do some homework and research the venerable model’s broad tonal palette.
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State of the Stomp: Cleansing the Doors of Perception

March 5, 2014
Nowadays we can endlessly research all our gear decisions. But is that “knowledge” always a good thing?
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Staff Picks: Book Worms

March 4, 2014
Books! Check 'em out! Veteran folkie John Hammond, PG editors, and our Reader of the Month discuss great guitar lit to learn from.
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Guitar Shop 101: How to Install Standard and Locking Strap Buttons

February 28, 2014
Everything you need to know to easily secure your acoustic or electric.
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Acoustic Soundboard: One Word—Plastics

February 25, 2014
Who knew that new developments in plastics would revolutionize under-saddle pickup technology?
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Tone Tips: Dialing in Maximum Tone

February 23, 2014
With so many pedal options these days, here are a some tips on how to maximize your effects for the greatest impact.
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The Recording Guitarist: Mic Makes Right

February 20, 2014
PG’s new recording column gives a quick and dirty guide to mic placement and selection.
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Trash or Treasure: 1960 Gibson Melody Maker

February 19, 2014
The low offer on this reader's guitar shows how important it is to do your research when buying or selling a guitar.
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Esoterica Electrica: Building to a Price

February 18, 2014
How do builders balance costs and features when creating a guitar model?
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Vintage Vault: 1955 Fender Bandmaster

February 17, 2014
One of Fender’s great 1950s amps—and a signature sound of Who’s Next.
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Bass Bench: Bass Ramps--Right for You?

February 14, 2014
This simple add-on improves speed, consistency, and tone quality for some players.
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Ask Amp Man: The Vibro Champ Voltage Mystery

February 13, 2014
Why do the schematics differ between two supposedly identical CBS-era Fender amps?
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