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Modern Builder Vault: KOZM Guitars

November 8, 2013
“Modern guitars for modern times,” is a fitting mission statement for Jeff Kosmoski’s KOZM Guitars.
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Tone Tips: What Would Linda Do?

November 4, 2013
Turning off your ego and just rolling with the punches can yield great results.
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Trash or Treasure: Peavey T-15

November 2, 2013
This short-scale model was both affordable and of high quality, helping to ignite the CNC revolution in guitar making.
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Bass Bench: Beef Up Your 4-String

November 1, 2013
You can extend the range on a bass without adding more strings. Check out the pros and cons of several approaches and read what Michael Manring says about the emotional power of altered tunings.
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State of the Stomp: Looping Tips and Techniques

October 28, 2013
Simple strategies for livelier loop-based performances.
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Mod Garage: How to Wire Alternative Tele 3-Way Switches

October 25, 2013
Once you understand how the classic CRL Telecaster 3-way switch is wired, you can transfer this knowledge to other popular brands and models. It’s easy and we’ll show you how to do it.
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On Bass: Be a Good Listener

October 22, 2013
Being open and respectful to music's past can be a huge advantage and even help you to be creative in the present.
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Esoterica Electrica: The Underappreciated Button

October 21, 2013
How different would the guitarist's world be without this little feature?
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Acoustic Soundboard: The Guitar Mecca of Paracho

October 18, 2013
The guitar bug hit Teja Gerken when he went abroad for college.
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Guitar Shop 101: The Great Guitar Cleanup

October 18, 2013
Learn how to clean and condition your guitar and discover why it’s crucial to stay on top of such routine maintenance.
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Last Call: The Road Less Traveled

October 16, 2013
Overanalyzing can harm your music—and your happiness.
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Ask Amp Man: The Early-’70s Silverface Fender Twin Reverb: Dud or Dynamo?

October 15, 2013
Why don’t master-volume Twin Reverbs get any respect?
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Tuning Up: Life in the Key of Dorian Gray

October 14, 2013
A lesson on the perils of naming children after scale modes—and why you should be inspired by literature's notorious villain.
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Tone Tips: Do You Really Want To?

October 7, 2013
Do you dream about scoring a gig as a touring sideman? If so, take a moment to ponder the yin and yang of this career path.
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Guitar Tracks: Learning Your Room

October 6, 2013
Before you can produce mixes that translate well in a variety of listening environments, you need to get intimately familiar with your own listening space.
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Mod Garage: How to Wire a Stock Tele Pickup Switch

October 4, 2013
We demystify the eight lugs on a Telecaster’s 3-way switch and show you the right way to connect them to the two pickup leads and master volume pot.
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State of the Stomp: Maxon's Susumu Tamura Interview

October 3, 2013
A rare interview with the engineer who created the Tube Screamer circuit.
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Acoustic Soundboard: The Sonic Effect of Time and Vibration

October 2, 2013
Does an acoustic guitar’s tone really change over time? If so, what properties of wood alter with age and affect an instrument’s sound and responsiveness?
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Vintage Vault: 1937 Gibson EH-150 Guitar and Amp

September 30, 2013
The ES-150 guitar/amp set was Gibson’s response to the popularity of Hawaiian music—and a growing electric guitar market.
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Guitar Shop 101: How to Shim a Bolt-On Neck

September 27, 2013
Sometimes a guitar’s bolt-on neck needs a shim. Find out why and learn how to shim a neck the right way.
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