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The Ultra-Flexible Esquire Wiring, PT. 1

January 9, 2013
Essentially, the idea is to squeeze as many useable sounds as possible from a single-pickup Esquire.
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The Unplanned Obedience Test

January 9, 2013
One of the things I love about the musical-instrument business is how the market itself constantly outwits and torments manufacturers.
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Maybe You Are Living the Dream

January 9, 2013
The co-founder of string-field theory, theoretical physicist and best-selling author Michio Kaku suggests we try to develop our abilities to their fullest. His latest book, Physics of the Future,
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March 2013 Staff Picks: Hocus Pocus

January 4, 2013
Alex Cora -- Reader of the Month What am I listening to? Genesis Revisited 2 by Steve Hackett. I can’t believe he went back and did all my old
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Tweaking a Fender Super 60

December 10, 2012
I have a Fender Super 60 head without tubes and was wondering if there’s any way to modify it to get a JTM45 sound.
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Choosing the right Rig for the Gig

December 10, 2012
No two gigs are the same
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Humbucker Pickups in an Esquire, PT. 2

December 10, 2012
Fig. 1. Wiring diagram for 3-way operation of the Chopper T Bridge pickup. Diagram courtesy of dimarzio.com In last month’s column, we began exploring options for installing a humbucker
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How to Balance Pickups on Strats and Teles

December 10, 2012
Adjusting pickup height sounds simple, but pickups that aren’t adjusted properly can cause problems.
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DAW Collaboration Roulette

December 10, 2012
Exchanging DAW files with collaborators can be a frustrating challenge
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How Not to Embarrass Oneself at an Award Show

December 10, 2012
Please consider these few simple acceptance speech suggestions before you receive your justly deserved trophy.
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January 2013 Staff Picks

December 10, 2012
What''s your favorite bass line of all time?
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Everything at Hand

December 10, 2012
While still in high school, a friend and I embarked upon the creation of an amplifier company in the basement of my parent’s apartment building.
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Choosing Essential Plug-ins for your Studio

November 5, 2012
Convolution reverbs like Altiverb from Audio Ease create their effects by applying the characteristics of real rooms and halls to your signals. The V-EQ3 plug-in from Waves emulates the
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Shitegeist

November 5, 2012
What do Led Zeppelin, Chuck Berry, Queen, the Beach Boys, Diana Ross, the Grateful Dead, The Who, The Kinks, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Janis Joplin, Buddy Holly, The Doors, Bob Marley, and
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Humbucker Pickups in an Esquire, PT. 1

November 5, 2012
In recent months, we’ve been exploring wiring options for the Fender Esquire. This time around we’ll continue our journey by investigating Esquire-friendly humbuckers.
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Air Schlep

October 8, 2012
Five years ago, I could carry a guitar on a jet 90 percent of the time. Now it’s 50 percent, at best.
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Global Peace Through Music

September 6, 2012
If all of the countries of the world can put away their petty differences every four years in order to play games with each other, why can’t they do it all the time?
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Tape VS. Pro Tools

August 10, 2012
He argued that tape machines don’t work better, musicians work better with tape.
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If It Ain't Got That Swing

July 9, 2012
Louis Armstrong and The Hot Fives recorded hot, swinging music that—for many connoisseurs— represents the birth of recorded jazz. Cut in the 1920s and distributed on 78s, the tunes
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Playing for the People

June 8, 2012
Think about the music that completely turns you on.
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