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Articles by Michael Ross

On A Bender: Gibson and Joe Glaser's Les Paul Junior B-Bender

January 9, 2013
Gibson Guitars and Nashville luthier Joe Glaser team up to create the Les Paul Junior B-Bender––A guitar that takes pedal-steel-style wailing to the masses and opens it to a whole new world of tonal possibilities.
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Builder Profile: EarthQuaker Devices

September 5, 2012
How former Black Keys tour manager Jamie Stillman went from hanging with Dan Auerback to reverse-engineering an old pedal and founding one of the most creative and futuristically retro stompbox outfits in the biz.
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Builder Profile: Source Audio

June 8, 2012
The forward-thinking makers of the Hot Hand and the Soundblox stompboxes discuss the genesis, evolution, and future of their powerhouse pedals–and the maddening uphill battle they face from digital-averse players.
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Forgotten Heroes: Johnny "Guitar" Watson

May 11, 2012
Johnny "Guitar Watson Born: February 3, 1935 Died: May 17, 1996 Best Known For: A pioneer and innovator of blues, R&B, and electric funk guitar, Watson influenced a wide
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Oz Noy: Wizard of Weird

December 20, 2011
What do legends like Eric Johnson, Steve Lukather, Will Lee, and Vinnie Colaiuta have in common? They''re all blown away by Oz Noy''s quirky, stompbox-abusing blend of funk, blues, jazz, and rock. Here he talks about his latest Tour De Force, Twisted Blues, Vol. 1.
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Forgotten Heroes: Paul Bigsby

November 15, 2011
Although Paul Bigsby isn''t known as much for his luthiery as his vibrato, his early instruments had a profound impact on iconic designs by Leo Fender and Gibson—and thus on the evolution of the electric guitar in general.
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Avant Guitar 101: Alternate Attacks

September 20, 2011
Five of the freakiest, most out-there experimental guitar pioneers talk about wielding bizarre implements— everything from chopsticks to electric fans—in a tireless quest to discover new modes of 6-string expression.
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Dingwall Custom I Electric Guitar Review

September 13, 2011
A boutique blend of Tele twang with Filter''Tron-style pickups and Bigsby.
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Secrets of Saturation

August 16, 2011
The PG guide to demystifying boost, overdrive, distortion, and fuzz.
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Forgotten Heroes: Cornell Dupree

July 19, 2011
Besides playing on so many sessions and hits that they called him “Mr. 2500,” Cornell Dupree was a favorite of major-label producers and superstars alike because he could come in and lay down tight, soulful tracks for Aretha Franklin, and then show up the next day to hit a home run for Paul Simon or Miles Davis.
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