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Articles by Jol Dantzig

Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Arched, Carved, and Laminate Tops

May 8, 2016
Is that guitar in the window really an archtop or is marketing speak just telling you it is?
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Why We Play Guitar

April 18, 2016
The veteran luthier explores the ways in which 6-strings connect us to something larger.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Domestic Disputes

February 11, 2016
So, your guitar was made in the USA—or was it?
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Handmade—at the Press of a Button

December 27, 2015
Determining just how handmade a guitar is, and if it really matters.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Building a Literal Museum Piece

November 24, 2015
How a historic 5-necked wonder came to life in Hamer’s shop.
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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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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Building with Your Ears

September 27, 2015
Jol Dantzig expounds on the importance of listening while you work and how he learned to hate the iPod.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Endorsement Check—the Other Pay to Play

July 22, 2015
How influential—if at all—are celebrity endorsements when you’re shopping for gear?
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Picking Parts and Perfection

June 11, 2015
Tone and playability rule, but there’s more to consider when checking out a guitar.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: The Humbucker’s Immortal Coil

April 15, 2015
To expose or not to expose your humbuckers, and a little history behind the question.
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Esoterica Electrica: Hi-Tech from 1878

March 18, 2015
It’s no wonder something as mundane as the lowly output jack might go largely unnoticed by innovators.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: The Musician’s Clubhouse

February 23, 2015
There are hints of a music-retail renaissance in the air, and the former man behind Hamer likes it.
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Esoterica Electrica: Looking Past a Nice Body

January 18, 2015
Like the proverbial chicken or the egg question, is it the neck or the body?
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Esoterica Electrica: The Long-Term Implications of Short-Term Thinking

December 17, 2014
A not-so-serious guitar finds favor with a seriously renowned guitarist.
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Esoterica Electrica: Bending to Your Will—The Simple Little Rod, Pt. 2

November 23, 2014
Ponder the pros and cons of common truss-rod designs.
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Esoterica Electrica: Bending to Your Will—The Simple Little Rod

October 26, 2014
Simple in design yet crucial to a guitar’s playability, the truss rod gets its just due.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Living the Dream While Avoiding the Nightmare

September 26, 2014
Helpful—and sobering—advice for anyone considering a guitar-building career.
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