October 2016

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Bass Bench: Exploring Passive Tone Controls

November 13, 2015
What can bassists learn from popular tone-circuit mods for guitar?
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Acoustic Soundboard: Crossing the Digital Divide

November 12, 2015
It’s time to question some common analog/digital assumptions.
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Ask Amp Man: Upgrading a Fender Custom Vibrolux Reverb

November 11, 2015
Get beefier tones and stronger reverb from this popular reissue.
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Reader Guitar of the Month: Hapas Kayzer 8FF

November 9, 2015
An 8-string named “Columbus” makes its way across the Atlantic.
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Staff Picks: Workout Regimens

November 8, 2015
Florence and the Machine’s 6-stringer Robert Ackroyd joins us in discussing our current practice regimens and warm-up rituals.
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Guitar Shop 101: Tips for Replacing a Tele-Style 3-Way Switch

November 6, 2015
Got a funky blade switch on your T-style guitar? Here’s how to install a new one.
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On Bass: Deconstructing a Perfect Bass Line

November 4, 2015
Break down the mind-blowing bass-line elements from a late-’80s Bon Jovi hit.
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State of the Stomp: Imagine All the Pedals

November 3, 2015
Whether you play bass or guitar, you’d better stick to “your kind” of stomps. Or maybe not.
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Mod Garage: Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster Mods

October 30, 2015
Craving Blackmore’s signature tones? These easy mods will edge you closer.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Tooling Up

October 29, 2015
Look beyond a stunning guitar, and you’ll likely find equally stunning tooling that brought the instrument to life.
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Last Call: Get Bitter or Get Better

October 28, 2015
Rejection comes with the territory. How do you deal with it?
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The Recording Guitarist: Tracking Direct (Without Amp Modelers)

October 26, 2015
Sometimes it’s good not to have an amp-like tone.
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Reader Guitar of the Month: Hallmark Swept-Wing

October 23, 2015
A resurrected orange sparkle Hallmark Swept-Wing with a great backstory.
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Tuning Up: A Call to Literate Guitar Dweebs

October 21, 2015
This isn’t a request for your resume. It’s a plea to build one.
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Ask Amp Man: Taming a Twin Reverb

October 20, 2015
Can you reduce the power of a JBL-equipped Twin without sacrificing its signature sound?
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Tools for the Task: PAF-Style Pickups

October 16, 2015
Ten PAF-style options to freshen your tone.
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Tone Tips: Modelers vs. Traditional Rigs

October 15, 2015
To model, or not to model? That depends on what type of player you are.
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Acoustic Soundboard: (Scale) Length Matters

October 14, 2015
String scale length certainly affects playability, but it also has a huge role in a guitar’s sound.
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Staff Picks: Talking to Hendrix

October 12, 2015
The legendary Buffy Sainte-Marie joins us in channeling our favorite ghost.
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State of the Stomp: It Gets Weirder

October 11, 2015
Who cares about the next great overdrive? Give me the obscure and the bizarre.
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