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Which Fender amp would pair with this breezy ’65 Gibson ES-125CD?

Photo by Jens Mosbergvik

With a few simple tweaks, you can get any classic Fender amp to cooperate with whatever guitar you like.

I find endless fascination in experimenting with different combinations of guitars and amps. Many of you may also have made surprising discoveries with certain amps and guitars as “killer” combinations. In this column, we’ll delve into the reasons behind these magical pairings, and discuss how you can modify your amp to achieve the elusive tone that lingers in your mind day and night. While having a variety of amps at your disposal is one solution, it’s undeniably an expensive and impractical one. Fortunately, knowledge is a more accessible asset. In my previous column, I explored speaker cabinets that can expand the versatility of your amp. I recommend giving it a read, as it closely ties into this topic.

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Bryan’s MIDI-based ’board.

The ability to MIDI-enable your pedalboard and convert audio to MIDI using plugins or software adds a whole new level of experimentation and creativity for guitarists.

In 1983, music had a banner year: U2’s War, the Police’s Synchronicity, Metallica’s Kill ’Em All, Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Texas Flood, Talking Heads’ Speaking in Tongues, and ZZ Top’s Eliminator were all released (to name but a few). It was also the year MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) was unveiled, and saying that it forever changed the musical landscape is an understatement. Until very recently, guitar-oriented manufacturers had never taken advantage or expanded on MIDI possibilities.

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The passive treble and bass control wiring.

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Want more tone control from your guitar? A passive 2-band EQ might be the solution you’re looking for.

Hello and welcome back to Mod Garage. In past columns, we’ve discussed improving passive tone controls by doing things like changing tone caps (smaller capacitance for a “warmth control”), using different tapers and pot resistance values, installing treble-bleed circuits, etc. But let’s take it one step further, this time converting traditional passive tone control into a kind of double-EQ control set.

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DIY: Easy 4-Step Guitar Setup Guide
DIY: Easy 4-Step Guitar Setup - Adjusting Neck, Setting String Action, Filing Nut Slots & Intonation

Nashville luthier and repair tech Dave Johnson from Scale Model Guitars leads you through a simple process to improve your guitar's playability by showing the steps to execute a neck adjustment, dial in your string action at the bridge, improve your nut slots, and lock down stable intonation.

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A second look at the considerations that go into combining pickups from different manufacturers in one guitar.

Hello and welcome back to Mod Garage. In last month’s column, I introduced the potential issues you’ll face when combining pickups from different manufacturers, which comes down to understanding polarity and phase. Start there if you haven’t, because we’re about to get into the details of how to assess and understand these important facets of every pickup.
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