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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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Last Call: The Power of Dynamics

February 12, 2014
When you want to be heard, sometimes the best strategy is to turn down.
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On Bass: What the Funk?

February 11, 2014
Does funk come from your tone or your fingers?
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State of the Stomp: Power Corrupts, and Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely

February 10, 2014
A properly powered pedal is a happy pedal. Learn how to keep your pedals happy.
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Staff Picks: Player's Prerogative

February 3, 2014
This month Zakk Wylde joins PG editors as we name the guitar we’re playing right now.
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Tuning Up: The Bluetooth Bastardizer™—the Hi-Tech Pedal for Neanderthals

February 3, 2014
PG's chief brainstorms an off-the-wall box based on an $80 after-market car stereo.
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Tone Tips: Don’t Let New Gear Stunt Your Creativity

January 31, 2014
It’s almost impossible to be creative while learning to use complex new gear. Here’s a better idea.
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Guitar Shop 101: How to Install a Soundhole Pickup

January 27, 2014
Magnetic soundhole pickups have come a long way since they were introduced many decades ago. If you’re considering getting one, here’s how to install it the right way.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Keep an Open Mind When Guitar Shopping

January 22, 2014
When buying a new acoustic, it’s important to play many different models, ask a lot of questions, and let go of preconceived notions.
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