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Articles by Paul "TFO" Allen

Hollow Tones

November 15, 2011
I own several different hollow guitars, but there are three that I am going to focus on, along with their unique, respective tones: a Gretsch 6118T-LTV, a PRS Hollowbody 1, and a Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion III.
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The Beauty of DI

October 18, 2011
The fact is that modeling software has improved by leaps and bounds in recent years and—in many real-world situations—it can sound even better and be a more suitable choice than traditional amplification.
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The Live Acoustic Sound

September 20, 2011
Over the years, I have come up with a collection of remedies for common problems that have come between me and great acoustic tone.
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Light Bulb Gear

August 16, 2011
Brett and I tried different bulbs with different wattage ratings and found that each bulb changed the tone, feel, and sag of the amp.
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The Heavy Tone Equation

July 19, 2011
When it comes to a modern heavy tone, I usually start with a guitar that has heavy strings and active pickups, and then add a noise gate and a high-gain amp to complete the equation.
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The Monster Board

June 14, 2011
Having a large pedalboard with different output options allows me to have a vast palette of tones available at the stomp of a switch. In this month’s Tone Tips, I’ll give you an overview of what I call my Monster Board.
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Vintage or Modern? Yes!

May 17, 2011
LEFT: Twang Brothers: A blonde Fender Road Worn ’50s Telecaster and a Fender Joe Strummer Telecaster show a vintage treatment on contemporary guitars. RIGHT: Analog pedals wired with Spectraflex
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Tone-Sculpting Backline Gear

April 19, 2011
Like it or not, it is up to you to know how to get the most out of any guitar or amp you come across. The two most common brands of amps I find on stages full of backline gear are Fenders and Mesa/Boogies. Lets begin with some tips on settings for these amps.
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Tone Tips from the Road: Specialty Guitar Stew

March 15, 2011
Some different qualities I look for in specialty instruments, beginning with the 6-string bass.
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Tone Tips from the Road: Covering The Tonal Bases

February 15, 2011
Paul Allen shares some of the guitar tones he uses on a regular basis, as well as the guitars he selects to achieve those tones.
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