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The Red Queen and 5 Steps to a Lutherie Career

The Red Queen and 5 Steps to a Lutherie Career

September 20, 2011
And over the years I’ve been asked the same two questions over and over: “How do you get into guitar making?” and “What does it take to have a career in it?”
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Souping up a Sound X-305-R

Souping up a Sound X-305-R

August 16, 2011
I recently had an unusual combo come across my bench, and I felt it would make a great topic for a column.
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Introducing Fender’s 5-Way “Super Switch”

Introducing Fender’s 5-Way Super Switch

August 16, 2011
Instead of two stages, this switch offers four completely independent stages with six terminals each, yielding a total of 24 terminals!
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Tweaking A Carvin Nomad Combo

Tweaking A Carvin Nomad Combo

July 19, 2011
"When I dime the amp to get some nice power-tube overdrive, the sound gets a little spiky instead of turning big and round."
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The ABCs Of Guitar Switches

The ABCs Of Guitar Switches

July 19, 2011
If you are really into guitar modding, there is no way around learning how switches work.
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Why and How to Replace Your Amplifier’s Output Transformer

Why and How to Replace Your Amplifier’s Output Transformer

July 6, 2011
The output transformer plays a very large role, but is not everything in shaping an amp’s tone. Upgrading it takes what the amp already is, and then enhances it.
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Adjusting Stratocaster Pickup Height, Pt. 2

Adjusting Stratocaster Pickup Height, Pt. 2

June 14, 2011
Finding the height at which each pickup sounds best by itself.
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Adjusting Stratocaster Pickup Height, Pt.1

Adjusting Stratocaster Pickup Height, Pt.1

May 17, 2011
1) The distance we’re measuring is from the bottom of the string (pressed against the last fret) to the top of the pickup magnet. 2) The tools: a screwdriver
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Be Your Own Builder

May 4, 2011
A guitarist takes gear repair and building into his own hands.
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Rockin' A Bassman 50

Rockin' A Bassman 50

April 19, 2011
Can you apply our original Bassman mods to a ''70s Bassman 50?
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Stomp School Graduation Day!

Stomp School Graduation Day!

April 19, 2011
Tom digs into pedal guts and says goodbye in his final Stomp School column.
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Stratocaster Q&A, 2011

April 19, 2011
A selection of Strat-related questions from Dirk''s inbox.
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Mod Kits DIY Persuader Pedal Review

Mod Kits DIY Persuader Pedal Review

April 5, 2011
An affordable but challenging DIY tube distortion pedal.
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Mod Kits DIY The Verb Pedal Review

Mod Kits DIY The Verb Pedal Review

April 5, 2011
A DIY point-to-point digital reverb
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Mod Garage: The Fender S-1 Switching System

Mod Garage: The Fender S-1 Switching System

March 15, 2011
This month, we’ll take a look at the Fender S-1 switching system. Essentially, it’s a special multi-stage push/push pot designed to deliver maximum flexibility without muddling the appearance of your
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Ask Amp Man: Bringing A Gibson Duo-Medalist Back to Life, Pt. 2

Ask Amp Man: Bringing A Gibson Duo-Medalist Back to Life, Pt. 2

March 15, 2011
Last month we began renovating and modding a late-’60s Gibson Duo-Medalist combo belonging to Tommy Kirst. (You’ll find the first installment of this series, along with the amp’s schematic and
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Restoring an Original: Potentiometer Restoration, Pt. 2

Restoring an Original: Potentiometer Restoration, Pt. 2

March 15, 2011
Last month, we started an unusual project—restoring a vintage IRC pot that had originally been installed on a stunning 1954 Gibson Les Paul. This pot had been replaced with a
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Mod Garage: The Fender Greasebucket Tone Circuit

Mod Garage: The Fender Greasebucket Tone Circuit

February 15, 2011
Many pro players swear by this tone circuit, and it indeed produces a different effect than the standard tone circuit we all know.
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Restoring an Original: Potentiometer Restoration

Restoring an Original: Potentiometer Restoration

February 15, 2011
Bringing a ''54 Les Paul back to 100 percent original by restoring its single pot
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Ask Amp Man: Bringing A Gibson Duo-Medalist Back to Life, Pt. 1

Ask Amp Man: Bringing A Gibson Duo-Medalist Back to Life, Pt. 1

February 15, 2011
Raising the cool factor and tone of a lackluster Duo-Medalist
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