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How to Set Up a Floyd Rose-Style Trem

June 29, 2013
When a Floyd Rose-style tremolo is tilted back against the body—as shown here—you can’t use the system to its full potential.
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A Very Golden Anniversary

June 29, 2013
We welcome Rick Turner to our Acoustic Soundboard column in his 50th year as a luther—what would you like to know about building acoustics?
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1955 Gibson Les Paul Custom and 1956 Gibson GA-70

June 24, 2013
The Les Paul Custom’s sumptuous looks and special low, smooth frets earned it two nicknames: “Black Beauty” and “Fretless Wonder.”
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Factory Telecaster Wirings, Pt. 1

June 21, 2013
How Fender's factory Tele wiring evolved, and ways to mod them.
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8 Unwritten Laws of Being a Good Bandmate

June 21, 2013
See how many you're breaking, and add your own.
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It's All About the Song

June 20, 2013
A look at the kind of restraint that makes James Jamerson's basslines on Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" timeless.
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The Amplifier Wars

June 18, 2013
In the early days of rock, high power and huge volumes pushed equipment to the limit.
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How to Intonate a Three-Saddle Tele

June 14, 2013
Vintage-style, straight-bar saddles will never intonate properly—we find a way to fix this issue that doesn’t involve replacing the entire bridge.
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Attenuating a Fender Hot Rod DeVille

June 13, 2013
A band that doesn't mic their amps looks to pump the low end out into the room using a THD Hot Plate setup.
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Staff Picks: To Plug In or Not to Plug In

June 11, 2013
Mike Keneally and PG editors in discussing the best guitar for beginners to start their journey with: acoustic or electric.
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Your Partners in Good Tone

June 9, 2013
The stage and sound techs that can make or break every gig you do.
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Fighting Feedback in a Telecaster

June 8, 2013
By addressing two of problematic areas, the following mods will dramatically reduce the chance of feedback.
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Henry Kaiser’s 5 Essential Effects

June 5, 2013
Kaiser's can't-live-without effects explained
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Preparing Your Tele for Future Mods

May 11, 2013
In anticipation of all the Telecaster mods we have in store, let’s devote this column to getting your pickups ready for the adventure. For starters, unstring your Tele and remove
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Keeping the Peace, Pt. 3

May 11, 2013
Let’s talk about how to put the four components of sound control to work in keeping sound from escaping our studios and music rooms.
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Time for New Bridge Pins?

May 11, 2013
Okay, you’re restringing your acoustic guitar and discover that a bridge pin is stuck. Now what? It could be time for new bridge pins or this could signal problems with
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Ignore a Modern AC30’s Standby Switch?

May 11, 2013
This amp has a history of eating power tubes and rectifier tubes.
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Sucking the Sap From Tonewoods

May 11, 2013
Because wood is porous, even boards that have been carefully and correctly dried must be stored in a controlled environment or the moisture content will shift. We all love
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In Defense of Karaoke

May 11, 2013
Karaoke is undeniably ridiculous, yet strangely engaging once you embrace your inner geek. Here are a few tips for those of you brave enough to be idiotic.
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Perfect Imperfection

May 11, 2013
In scouring the world for more influence and knowledge, I have become hip to the widening trend of the isolated bass track on YouTube. These tracks are popping up all over the place, and surprisingly, they run the gamut from amazing to remarkably average.
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