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Articles by Paul "TFO" Allen

That Modern Country Sound

September 5, 2012
The guitar sound of modern country is 70 percent ’70s-style rock and 30 percent twang.
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Giving Your Instrument An Attitude Adjustment

August 10, 2012
When I determined that a couple of my guitars needed more defined personalities, I took them to Glaser Instruments in Nashville for an attitude adjustment.
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Secrets of Signal Flow

July 9, 2012
Top: A peek inside a Dunlop DVP1 volume pedal reveals a 250k pot that’s well suited for passive pickups and preserving highend frequencies. Bottom: Wiring job in progress. A
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Recipes for Non-Guitar Sounds

June 8, 2012
Following are some tonal recipes to add to your sound cookbook.
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Going Direct with Analog Equipment

May 11, 2012
I have come up with some lightweight, space-saving solutions that sound every bit as good as an amp when used properly.
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Tone Stacking With Two Amps

April 6, 2012
If you want to use two amps simultaneously, there are some things you need to know before you flip on those power switches.
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Getting A Grip on Turbulent Tuning

March 9, 2012
Tuner design, mass, and material have an effect on tone. Replacing the stock tuners on this guitar with a set of low-mass locking tuners with brass cams yielded more
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Covering The Tonal Bases Part 2: Amps

February 10, 2012
Like most guitarists, I own several different amps. That way, depending on the style of music I’m playing on the road, I can achieve the different sounds I need.
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Gear Paramedic

January 10, 2012
In order to make sure your equipment is in top shape and can be fixed quickly if something takes a dive, I’m going to share a few tricks I’ve come up with on the fly—often in the middle of a show.
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Tube Talk

December 20, 2011
If you’re new to the world of power tubes and their respective sounds, lets begin with a crash course in two of the most popular power tubes—6L6s and EL34s.
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