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Ask Amp Man: Better Tones from “Boomy” Tweed Deluxes

January 9, 2014
Fender’s classic 5E3 circuit is prone to “flubbiness” at high volumes. Here are several easy fixes.
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Tuning Up: Mod Man Out

January 6, 2014
Consider the gauntlet thrown—it’s time to push yourself outside your comfort zone and find new realms of sonic expression.
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Tone Tips: Dealing with Stage Fright

January 1, 2014
Combat the jitters and find your performance comfort zone.
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Trash or Treasure: Fender Bassman 20

December 31, 2013
A historical look at one of Fender's rare amplifier models.
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Mod Garage: ’50s Les Paul Wiring in a Telecaster, Pt. 2

December 27, 2013
Tele freaks: Get modern and ’50s-style tone-pot wiring in the same axe!
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Acoustic Soundboard: When Cracks Happen

December 24, 2013
A guide to dealing with those pesky wood imperfections.
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Massive Makeover! See a Vibey ’74 Epiphone Get Totally Transformed

December 23, 2013
Can a retired mid-’70s import Epiphone be reborn as a ready-to-rumble rocker?
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Bass Bench: The Future of Bass

December 18, 2013
Where is bass design headed and why should you care?
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State of the Stomp: Dexter the Polyphonic Monster

December 17, 2013
Finally—a multi-octave pedal that sounds real.
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Guitar Tracks: More Track Cleaning

December 16, 2013
Which instrumental tracks need cleaning prior to a mix? And how much cleaning is too much?
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Vintage Vault: 1958 Guild M-75 Aristocrat

December 15, 2013
This vintage Guild Aristocrat M-75 borrows design elements from both upscale archtops and Gibson Les Pauls.
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Guitar Shop 101: How to Carve an Open-Slot Saddle

December 13, 2013
Learn how to carve a replacement open-slot saddle and deal with the particular challenges of this old-school design.
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On Bass: A Half-Step from Greatness

December 12, 2013
From baseball to bass guitar, a half a step can make all the difference.
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Esoterica Electrica: How Rivalry Spawned a Classic Shred Machine

December 11, 2013
The design theory and drive behind the super-strat classic Hamer Californian circa 1988.
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Last Call: Picassos and Les Pauls

December 11, 2013
What are the odds of finding one of the several hundred “forgotten” ’59 Les Pauls that experts figure are out there, waiting to be discovered?
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