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January 2011

ARTICLES

Adventures in Amplification: Lineage of a Dumble OD-100WR

January 7, 2011
Tracing the history of a purple Dumble combo with unusual circuitry
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Burriss Amps Dirty Red Amp Head Review

December 21, 2010
Greasy, gritty, low-wattage fun
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Classical Techniques: Rest Strokes and Free Strokes for Solo Fingerstyle Guitar

December 21, 2010
The technique for playing “lead” on classical guitar is almost always a rest stroke.
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Dunlop JBF3 Joe Bonamassa Signature Fuzz Face Pedal Review

December 21, 2010
The handwired, germanium JBF3 is tailor-made for any guitarist interested in walking Bonamassa’s blues-rock path and beyond.
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Goodsell Valpreaux 21 Amp Review

December 21, 2010
The Valpreaux is powered by two 6973s—tubes that were used in several 1960s Valco, Supro, and Gretsch amp circuits, but in little else that guitar players use.
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Resetting A 1952 Goldtop Les Paul's Neck

December 21, 2010
Resetting the neck angle and replacing the neck
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The Right Mic, Part 1

December 21, 2010
Choosing the right microphone for capturing your guitar sound in the studio is an important part of crafting your recorded tone.
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The Fender Delta Tone System, Part 1

December 21, 2010
This month, we’ll begin a two-part series on Fender’s Delta Tone system, which includes so-called “no-load” pots.
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Toshihiko Tanabe Dumkudo Overdrive Pedal Review

December 21, 2010
The Dumkudo overdrive by Toshihiko Tanabe is one of those seemingly living, breathing pieces of musical gear that will talk back to you, point you down a different path, and holler encouragement.
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AM Guitars

December 21, 2010
Anibal Mistorni of AM Guitars is building guitars from vintage chrome vacuum cleaners
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Simplicity Can Be Simply Superior

December 21, 2010
Chuck Berry changed the course of electric guitar and was a major influence on the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, and Jimi Hendrix—and he did it without a single pedal.
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Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE NA Acoustic Guitar Review

December 21, 2010
The cutaway DR-500MCE comes with a Shadow NanoMag and eSonic 2 preamp at a street price of about $600.
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The Resurrection of Uncle Bookie's Stacker

December 21, 2010
In this installment, we’ll look at what went into resurrecting and restoring the Stack Knob Jazz bass owned by Walter “Uncle Bookie” Booker.
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Book Review: "Life" By Keith Richards with James Fox

December 21, 2010
Few autobiographies by guitarists have been—or will be—as important as this tome by the lead guitarist of one of the most significant rock bands ever.
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CD Review: Group Inerane - "Guitars From Agadez, Vol. 3"

December 21, 2010
Guitars from Agadez Vol. 3 is essentially a field recording of a band making supremely intense, imaginative, and original guitar music in the face of no-joke, real-world adversity.
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Tapping Technique: Bi-Dextral Hammer-Ons in the Style of Eddie Van Halen

December 21, 2010
Often referred to as two-hand tapping, this technique was revolutionized and popularized by Eddie Van Halen in the late 1970s (“Eruption,” 1978) and taken to extremes by guitarists such as Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Jennifer Batten, and jazz great Stanley Jordan.
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Rhythm & Grooves: Hybrid-Picking Pals

December 21, 2010
Hybrid picking combines the power and speed of flatpicking with some benefits of a purely fingerstyle approach
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The Signal Chain In Your Mind

December 21, 2010
Being a Howlin’ Wolf devotee, Walter was captivated by the sound achieved by Wolf ’s guitarist, Willie Johnson, and he was on a crusade to emulate it.
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First-Time Amp Restoration, Part 1

December 21, 2010
A vintage Supro in need of a tune-up
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