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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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Guitar Tracks: Getting Down to Mixing

February 9, 2014
A proven mixing method.
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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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Mod Garage: Before You Swap Out Those Tele Pickups …

January 17, 2014
Unhappy with your Tele tone? The pickups may not be the issue.
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Esoterica Electrica: Dime-a-Dance Guitar Romance

January 14, 2014
When you buy a new guitar, do you expect it to last a lifetime or will you replace it in a few years?
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On Bass: Why Bassists Make Great Musical Directors

January 13, 2014
Does being at home between the rhythm section and the melodic instruments make bassists uniquely qualified to listen objectively?
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Bottom Feeder: My $81 Les Paul Special

January 12, 2014
There are some good eBay deals—and a few ridiculously good deals.
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Bass Bench: The Future of Bass, Pt. 2

January 10, 2014
When it comes to exploring innovation in the bass realm, how far are you willing to go?
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Last Call: Practice Makes…?

January 9, 2014
Does mastery really matter when it comes to art?
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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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