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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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On Bass: Bringing It to the Stage

September 26, 2013
For bassists, it’s an ongoing challenge to bring the same precision to the stage that we’re used to delivering in the recording studio or during band practice.
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Bass Bench: Name That Bass

September 25, 2013
Sure, we’ve all seen oddball instruments, but it’s rare to find a bass this weird.
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Last Call: Someday You'll Regret That Relic Job

September 24, 2013
Ponder the difference between a guitar that’s had a relic job and one that’s been worn by decades of making music.
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Esoterica Electrica: The Guitar as Cultural Icon

September 23, 2013
What is it that keeps the guitar in our minds and hearts? Is it the instrument’s flexibility or its power to inspire social change?
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Bottom Feeder: Jay Turser Stiletté Futuré

September 22, 2013
A radical-looking guitar with a not-so-radical sound.
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Ask Amp Man: Pumping Up an ’80s Fender Champ

September 20, 2013
These simple mods can nudge a Fender Champ toward a more Marshall-like sound, with increased mids, greater headroom, and improved overdrive tones.
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Tuning Up: Proud Hoarders

September 16, 2013
Society sees our stompbox addiction as a clinical condition, but PG editor in chief Shawn Hammond explains that’s because they don’t understand the power of the pedal.
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Tone Tips: Tube Talk

September 12, 2013
Electric guitar gets much of its sonic mojo from vacuum tubes. Get the lowdown on those glowing glass bottles and learn how to coax the best sound from your amp.
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State of the Stomp: Build a Preset Volume Box

September 10, 2013
This DIY volume level box is great for players who use amp distortion and adjust their gain level from the guitar.
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