December 2016

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Bass Bench: Shh! The Secret of Asymmetrical Neck Relief

Bass Bench: Shh! The Secret of Asymmetrical Neck Relief

December 9, 2016
Computer analysis can help us adjust a bass for optimally low action.
State of the Stomp: Be the Change

State of the Stomp: Be the Change

December 6, 2016
Breaking with routine can be the best way to make real trouble and noise. Do it!
Ask Amp Man: Restoring a Worn Regal’s Royal Tone

Ask Amp Man: Restoring a Worn Regal’s Royal Tone

December 2, 2016
Some new components and a speaker might make an old Canadian tuber sound über.
Last Call: Find Your Sensei

Last Call: Find Your Sensei

November 28, 2016
Having a guitar guru can fill your heart with confidence—and humility.
Mod Garage: Updating a 1950s Musima Record

Mod Garage: Updating a 1950s Musima Record

November 25, 2016
When you dig inside an old guitar, you have to be ready for anything.
The Recording Guitarist: Is There a Best Way to Route Your Reverb?
Tuning Up: Let’s Acknowledge the Caveman in the Room

Tuning Up: Let’s Acknowledge the Caveman in the Room

November 20, 2016
PG chief editor Shawn Hammond on why it’s time to move beyond dominant-male guitar lingo.
On Bass: Low-End Life Hacks

On Bass: Low-End Life Hacks

November 17, 2016
Why the "right" way isn’t always the right way.
Session Sages: Nick Raskulinecz, Dave Cobb, and Buddy Miller on Recording Guitars

Session Sages: Nick Raskulinecz, Dave Cobb, and Buddy Miller on Recording Guitars

November 16, 2016
Three acclaimed guitarist-producers on the tools, techniques, and philosophies that guide their work with heavy-hitters like Rush, Mastodon, Jason Isbell, and Robert Plant.
Ask Amp Man: Restoring Electrical Flow to Peavey Combos

Ask Amp Man: Restoring Electrical Flow to Peavey Combos

November 11, 2016
Although certainly not a benchmark of tone, these amps delivered affordable reliability.
State of the Stomp: A Pedal Builder’s Pet Peeves

State of the Stomp: A Pedal Builder’s Pet Peeves

November 8, 2016
Dwarfcraft Devices' Ben Hinz serves up a checklist of how to royally piss him off.
Bass Bench: Straight or Bowed Neck?

Bass Bench: Straight or Bowed Neck?

November 4, 2016
Here’s how to adjust your truss rod for a low-action setup.
Acoustic Soundboard: Water’s War on Wood

Acoustic Soundboard: Water’s War on Wood

November 1, 2016
Taylor Guitars master luthier Andy Powers explains weather and humidity's affects on guitars so you can help your instruments live less stressful lives.
Tone Tips: A Crash Course on Buffers

Tone Tips: A Crash Course on Buffers

October 31, 2016
Preserve your core tone by strategically placing a buffer in your signal chain.
Bass Bench: The Magic Truss Rod

Bass Bench: The Magic Truss Rod

October 28, 2016
How does the relentless pull of bass strings affect the mechanically weakest part of the instrument?
The Recording Guitarist: Let It Bleed

The Recording Guitarist: Let It Bleed

October 26, 2016
Learn how to not just accept but love mic leakage in the studio.
Tuning Up: Vocal Cords—the Final Guitar Frontier?

Tuning Up: Vocal Cords—the Final Guitar Frontier?

October 24, 2016
You’ve spent your life learning from 6- and 4-string idols. Now it’s time to listen to the singer.
Ask Amp Man: Fattening Up a Vox AC30C2X

Ask Amp Man: Fattening Up a Vox AC30C2X

October 21, 2016
Find out how redirecting resistors and adding a DPDT switch to your Brit combo will yield bigger tones and more control.
Last Call: How to Never Be Great

Last Call: How to Never Be Great

October 10, 2016
How a 1983 MTV interview with David Bowie gave PG's John Bohlinger new insights on reaching higher.
Mod Garage: Demystifying DCR

Mod Garage: Demystifying DCR

October 7, 2016
Do you ever get confused trying to interpret pickup specs? Here’s the lowdown on the most ubiquitous pickup parameter.