October 2016

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Ask Amp Man: Upping the Gain on a Super Reverb

Ask Amp Man: Upping the Gain on a Super Reverb

September 26, 2016
How to get more drive with a simple mod.
Guitar Shop 101: Touch-up a String Nut with Super Glue

Guitar Shop 101: Touch-up a String Nut with Super Glue

September 16, 2016
After replacing or upgrading a nut, finish the job with fast-acting cyanoacrylate adhesive.
On Bass: Get Over Your Tone

On Bass: Get Over Your Tone

September 11, 2016
Step out of your comfort zone by strapping on an unfamiliar bass.
Bass Bench: Alternative Strap Systems

Bass Bench: Alternative Strap Systems

September 9, 2016
If standing for hours with a neck-heavy bass is causing you back pain, here are some solutions.
The Recording Guitarist: The Fabulous “Focus Knob”

The Recording Guitarist: The Fabulous “Focus Knob”

September 4, 2016
A studio-savvy wiring mod that’s quick, easy, and cheap.
Mod Garage: Strat-PRS Crossover Wiring

Mod Garage: Strat-PRS Crossover Wiring

August 26, 2016
Want a vast sonic palette at your fingertips? Here’s a way to get 10 unique sounds from one guitar.
Last Call: The Ballad of Mandolin Mike

Last Call: The Ballad of Mandolin Mike

August 25, 2016
A Nashville street musician’s saga is a lesson in determination and freedom.
Acoustic Soundboard: Measuring and Adjusting Your Guitar’s Action

Acoustic Soundboard: Measuring and Adjusting Your Guitar’s Action

August 23, 2016
Even if you don’t do setups yourself, knowing how to take key measurements of your guitar’s action will help you get the feel and playability you're looking for.
Ask Amp Man: Taming a Marshall’s Extreme Treble

Ask Amp Man: Taming a Marshall’s Extreme Treble

August 19, 2016
Here are a few easy ways to warm up a bright vintage Marshall head.
Tone Tips: Make Your Move

Tone Tips: Make Your Move

August 16, 2016
Location may be more important in music than it is in real estate.
Bass Bench: The Gravity of Back Pain

Bass Bench: The Gravity of Back Pain

August 12, 2016
Most basses are heavy and unbalanced. Should you be concerned about how this affects your body?
The Recording Guitarist: Trashy Good Tones

The Recording Guitarist: Trashy Good Tones

August 8, 2016
Can you get great studio sounds from crappy guitars?
Guitar Shop 101: Using Super Glue in Guitar Repair

Guitar Shop 101: Using Super Glue in Guitar Repair

August 7, 2016
The fast-acting adhesive can work wonders ... if you know how to handle it safely.
Mod Garage: Rewiring a Fender Jaguar

Mod Garage: Rewiring a Fender Jaguar

July 29, 2016
Want to beef up this iconic solidbody’s sounds? We’ll show you how.
Ask Amp Man: Troubleshooting a Finicky Maverick

Ask Amp Man: Troubleshooting a Finicky Maverick

July 25, 2016
Sudden changes in volume? Check the effects loop, sockets, and tubes.
How to Buy a Used Amp

How to Buy a Used Amp

July 22, 2016
Tim Schroeder—amp builder for Jeff Tweedy and Nels Cline—offers seven tips for avoiding the post-purchase blues.
State of the Stomp: Delay vs. Reverb

State of the Stomp: Delay vs. Reverb

July 22, 2016
A reverb junkie searches for the perfect delay buzz.
Guitar Shop 101: Happy Little (String) Trees

Guitar Shop 101: Happy Little (String) Trees

July 15, 2016
Do the open strings buzz or sound wimpy on your Fender-style guitar? Maybe the problem lies at the headstock.
The Recording Guitarist: Basic Audio Editing—Slicing and Splicing

The Recording Guitarist: Basic Audio Editing—Slicing and Splicing

July 13, 2016
Behold the incredible two-track transplant!
Last Call: Fix Yo’ Mix

Last Call: Fix Yo’ Mix

July 11, 2016
Want your band to sound great onstage? Turn down and listen up.