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DIY: Thurston Moore’s Drone Guitar Project

April 21, 2016
Dutch experimental builder Yuri Landman creates a microtonal avant-rock playground for the former Sonic Youth axeman.
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Guitar Shop 101: How to Replace a Zero Fret

April 15, 2016
Learn how a zero fret functions and why it sometimes needs to be replaced.
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DIY: Lap It Up

April 14, 2016
Convert an acoustic or electric 6-string into a soulful tone machine for just a few bucks.
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Guitar Shop 101: The ABCs of Output Jacks

March 25, 2016
Passive pickups, active electronics, and acoustic-electric guitars with dual-pickup sources all require different types of output jacks. Do you know how to wire them up?
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Recording Guitarist: A Music Memo Demo

March 14, 2016
Apple’s new Music Memos app is a godsend for guitarists on the go.
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Ask Amp Man: Reviving an Alamo Fury

March 2, 2016
A dead amp bought for next to nothing might—with a few inexpensive fixes—become a new workhorse.
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Decoding Modern MIDI Guitar

February 25, 2016
New technologies make it easier than ever to access electronic sounds from your fretboard.
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Guitar Shop 101: “Decking” a Stratocaster Trem

February 19, 2016
It’s not for everyone, but locking down a Strat trem can resolve many tuning issues.
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Guitar Shop 101: Five Ways to Use a Digital Multimeter

January 8, 2016
This handy tool can be a guitarist’s best friend.
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Cap and (Pot) Trade

October 29, 2015
Pickup guru Frank Falbo on tweaking your guitar’s tone with nothing more than a soldering iron and a few components worth the change in your pocket.
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Soldering 101: A Step-by-Step Guide

October 26, 2015
Learn to solder like a pro in this easy-to-follow demonstration.
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Ask Amp Man: Taming a Twin Reverb

October 20, 2015
Can you reduce the power of a JBL-equipped Twin without sacrificing its signature sound?
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MOD Kits DIY Releases the MOD102+

May 1, 2015
A classicAmerican circuit with a British-style output section.
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Mod Garage: Humbucker Height Adjustment

February 27, 2015
What’s the ideal pickup height? And how do you adjust the pole pieces?
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Ask Amp Man: Tweaking a Fender Champ II

February 22, 2015
The rare Fender Champ II—and some ways to improve it.
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12-String Setup Secrets

February 9, 2015
Ace Nashville luthier Joe Glaser and his crew reveal their recipes for maximum chime and jangle.
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Mod Garage: A PRS-Style Pickup Selector for Dual-Humbucker Guitars

December 26, 2014
Unlock new tones with Paul Reed Smith’s rotary switching scheme.
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DIY: How to Install Onboard Effects

October 28, 2014
With all the pedals on the market today, why bother putting effects inside your guitar? Because it can open new tonal vistas—and it’s fun! Here’s a step-by-step guide.
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DIY: How to Float a Strat Trem

October 21, 2014
In this step-by-step tutorial, Nashville guitar tech John LeVan demonstrates how to “float” a two-post Stratocaster tremolo so it can both lower and raise the strings’ pitch.
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