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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.
Mod Garage: Rewiring a Fender Mustang

Mod Garage: Rewiring a Fender Mustang

July 1, 2016
Here’s how to streamline the pickup switching scheme on an underrated Fender.
Guitar Shop 101: How to Repair Delaminated Neck Binding

Guitar Shop 101: How to Repair Delaminated Neck Binding

June 21, 2016
Got some loose fretboard binding? No worries—here are a few easy steps to fix it.
Ask Amp Man: Reduce Power with a Pentode/Triode Switch

Ask Amp Man: Reduce Power with a Pentode/Triode Switch

June 16, 2016
How to mod a high-wattage amp for all playing situations.
How to Record Crushing Tones

How to Record Crushing Tones

June 14, 2016
Monster producers Steve Evetts (Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die) and Chris “Zeuss” Harris (Shadows Fall, Rob Zombie) share their secrets on gear, gain, pedals, layering, microphones, and more.
Last Call: Dyeing to Entertain

Last Call: Dyeing to Entertain

June 14, 2016
Classic rockers, we know how old you are. So why keep up the charade?
Thurston Moore Gets His Yuri Landman / Premier Guitar DIY Drone Guitar

Thurston Moore Gets His Yuri Landman / Premier Guitar DIY Drone Guitar

June 9, 2016
Check out the new video footage of Yuri and Thurston chatting about the instrument’s unusual design, then watch Moore test the guitar at a gig the same night.
Mod Garage: Restoring Vintage Guitar Tuners

Mod Garage: Restoring Vintage Guitar Tuners

June 3, 2016
Old tuners can seize up—especially if they haven’t been used in years—but it’s not hard to bring them back to life.
Guitar Shop 101: Curing Sticky-Neck Syndrome

Guitar Shop 101: Curing Sticky-Neck Syndrome

May 20, 2016
Do you feel like you’re fighting your guitar’s neck? Here’s how to create that smooth, “played-in” feel.
The Recording Guitarist: Electric Guitar Recording for Total Beginners
Ask Amp Man: Modding a Pro Junior for an Extension Cab

Ask Amp Man: Modding a Pro Junior for an Extension Cab

May 16, 2016
Here’s how to install a new transformer and impedance switch to use a second speaker with this little workhorse.
Bass Bench: A Staccato Blast from the Past

Bass Bench: A Staccato Blast from the Past

May 13, 2016
What was it about the old-school bass masters that made them so darn funky?
State of the Stomp: Living in Synth

State of the Stomp: Living in Synth

May 11, 2016
Effects pedals have more in common with synthesizers than you might believe.
Last Call: What Would Jimi Do? (Ego Isn't Your Amigo)

Last Call: What Would Jimi Do? (Ego Isn't Your Amigo)

May 9, 2016
Talking trash can get you canned. Be nice or leave.
Mod Garage: Taming Highs with Virtual Tone Controls

Mod Garage: Taming Highs with Virtual Tone Controls

May 6, 2016
Got a shrill-sounding pickup? Here’s a cheap and easy fix.