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DIY: It’s Alive!

DIY: It’s Alive!

April 29, 2016
Luthier Frank Falbo on the Dos and Don’ts of building a parts guitar.
DIY: Thurston Moore’s Drone Guitar Project

DIY: Thurston Moore’s Drone Guitar Project

April 21, 2016
Dutch experimental builder Yuri Landman creates a microtonal avant-rock playground for the former Sonic Youth axeman.
Guitar Shop 101: How to Replace a Zero Fret

Guitar Shop 101: How to Replace a Zero Fret

April 15, 2016
Learn how a zero fret functions and why it sometimes needs to be replaced.
DIY: Lap It Up

DIY: Lap It Up

April 14, 2016
Convert an acoustic or electric 6-string into a soulful tone machine for just a few bucks.
Last Call: Time Is on Your Side

Last Call: Time Is on Your Side

April 14, 2016
How to make the metronome your new best friend.
On Bass: Can You Duet?

On Bass: Can You Duet?

April 13, 2016
Playing bass in a duo often requires making adjustments to your approach, but can be a very rewarding artistic endeavor when done right.
Ask Amp Man: Returning a Deputy to the Trail

Ask Amp Man: Returning a Deputy to the Trail

April 11, 2016
Intermittent problems can be caused by a variety of sources, from failed tube sockets to an arcing switch.
Mod Garage: The Strat-o-Tele Crossover

Mod Garage: The Strat-o-Tele Crossover

April 8, 2016
Four ways to bring classic Stratocaster sounds to your Tele.
The Recording Guitarist: Absolute Basics—The Stuff You Need

The Recording Guitarist: Absolute Basics—The Stuff You Need

April 5, 2016
Recording gear advice for total beginners.
Tuning Up: How to Detect Closed-Minded Insecure A$$hole Syndrome

Tuning Up: How to Detect Closed-Minded Insecure A$$hole Syndrome

April 4, 2016
Here’s a hint: If you agreed with Gene Simmons’ latest foot-in-mouth incident, you definitely have it.
State of the Stomp: In Defense of Noise

State of the Stomp: In Defense of Noise

April 1, 2016
In the real world, noise happens.
Recording: Going Mobile

Recording: Going Mobile

March 28, 2016
Configured with the right accessories and apps, today’s smartphones, tablets, and laptops let you track virtually anywhere you happen to be. Here’s what you need to know.
Guitar Shop 101: The ABCs of Output Jacks

Guitar Shop 101: The ABCs of Output Jacks

March 25, 2016
Passive pickups, active electronics, and acoustic-electric guitars with dual-pickup sources all require different types of output jacks. Do you know how to wire them up?
Last Call: “Do Not Fear Mistakes. There Are None.”

Last Call: “Do Not Fear Mistakes. There Are None.”

March 22, 2016
The artist’s path has hurdles. Don’t get caught up on them.
On Bass: Varying Techniques in a Song

On Bass: Varying Techniques in a Song

March 17, 2016
How to practice staying even when bass lines get odd.
Recording Guitarist: A Music Memo Demo

Recording Guitarist: A Music Memo Demo

March 14, 2016
Apple’s new Music Memos app is a godsend for guitarists on the go.
Mod Garage: Riptide Stratocaster Wiring

Mod Garage: Riptide Stratocaster Wiring

March 4, 2016
Can you merge the best qualities of a Strat and Tele?
Ask Amp Man: Reviving an Alamo Fury

Ask Amp Man: Reviving an Alamo Fury

March 2, 2016
A dead amp bought for next to nothing might—with a few inexpensive fixes—become a new workhorse.
Acoustic Soundboard: Little Mods, Big Results

Acoustic Soundboard: Little Mods, Big Results

February 25, 2016
If you’re not getting the tone you want out of your acoustic, a simple and quick tweak might get you a little closer.
Ask Amp Man: Diagnosing an Ailing Blues Junior

Ask Amp Man: Diagnosing an Ailing Blues Junior

February 23, 2016
A blown fuse can mean your amp has bigger problems. Here’s how to find them.