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October 2011

ARTICLES

DV Mark DV40 212 Amp Review

September 20, 2011
While the DV40 pumps out tones that run a wide gamut, it regularly—and impressively—evoked at least four of my favorite tones: a 1980s Jim Kelley combo, Ty Tabor’s Gretchen Goes to Nebraska tones, Sheer Heart Attack-era Brian May saturation and sustain, and the sounds of a cranked ’70s Orange OR120.
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The Mighty Morley Evo-1

September 20, 2011
What, a single pedal that measures 18" x 7 1/2"? Well, this is understandable when you consider this ’70s device features an AC motor, an oilcan drum, and a burly Morley Expression pedal housing.
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Book Review: "Clapton: The Ultimate Illustrated History" By Chris Welch

September 20, 2011
Chris Welch takes us on a visual tour through every aspect of the blues god’s long career and unearths some rare photographs and memorabilia that will make even the most jaded Slowhand aficionados take notice.
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Line 6 Pod HD Review

September 20, 2011
The POD HD is the newest member of the family, and it’s packed with great simulations—including 22 amplifier models based on classics like the Fender Deluxe Reverb, Hiwatt DR103, and Vox AC15, as well as modern and boutique models like the Dr. Z Route 66, Bogner Überschall, and an ENGL Fireball 100.
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Gretsch G6128T-GH George Harrison Signature Duo Jet Electric Guitar Review

September 20, 2011
Made in Japan, the guitar features all the custom appointments that differentiated Harrison’s guitar from other Duo Jets of the late ’50s and early ’60s.
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Dream Theater: Drama Kings

September 20, 2011
Dream Theater’s twin shred deities—guitarist John Petrucci and bassist John Myung—discuss the hoopla over founding drummer Mike Portnoy’s departure, their tendon-thrashing hand workouts, and the recording of their latest epic, A Dramatic Turn of Events.
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Restoring a ’72 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe

September 20, 2011
This time around, we’ll begin restoring the guitar based on last month''s diagnoses.
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Do What You Love (The Money Will Follow)

September 20, 2011
Centuries ago, when I told friends I wanted to make guitar-building my career, many reacted with looks of horror.
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Exploring Fender's 5-Way Super Switch

September 20, 2011
Ready to explore the technical aspects of the 5-way super switch?
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Thickening Agents

September 20, 2011
It’s much easier to capture a fat-sounding track if you have a good, thick guitar tone coming out of your amplifier.
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MXR M87 Bass Compressor Pedal Review

September 20, 2011
The MXR M87 Bass Compressor gets the job done pretty easily, while still allowing for a good range of variation from basic settings.
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The Live Acoustic Sound

September 20, 2011
Over the years, I have come up with a collection of remedies for common problems that have come between me and great acoustic tone.
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1950 Fender Broadcaster

September 20, 2011
Most modern Telecasters have changed very little from the 61-year-old Broadcaster spotlighted this month.
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CD Review: Vince Gill - "Guitar Slinger"

September 20, 2011
Guitar Slinger is not a self-indulgent guitar-nut record, which will make sense to long-time fans drawn to Gill’s reserved style.
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Beyond Blues: British Blues

September 20, 2011
The Brit school is a bit more of a mix of major and minor blues scales, as opposed to the straight minor blues sound that’s associated with Texas blues.
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