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Gigging Advice

Tuning Up: Pedal Issues

September 18, 2018
PG’s head honcho gets all teary-eyed about the stomps whose tones have lodged in his head from years of gear reviews.
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Last Call: Maybe This Gig Is Not for You

September 13, 2018
A takeaway from the saga of Stevie Ray Vaughan and David Bowie.
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On Bass: Improve Your Groove

August 20, 2018
If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime of ignoring your metronome.
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State of the Stomp: Virtually Real, or Really Virtual?

August 19, 2018
Why stompboxes survive in a world of modeling and emulators.
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Signal to Noise: Slave to the Sound

August 15, 2018
Explore the reactive load box and the role it plays in reamplification.
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The 411 on Acoustic Guitar DIs

August 14, 2018
Crawl under the hood of the magic boxes that make you sound awesome through club PAs, venue mixing boards, and studio consoles.
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Last Call: It’s Not Who You Know; It’s Who Knows You

August 14, 2018
To get around in the music biz, ya gotta get around.
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Acoustic Soundboard: To Cleat, or Not to Cleat

August 9, 2018
It’s a good thing to fix a crack on your guitar, but don’t let your tone suffer in the process by going overboard with the repair.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Pay Now or Cry Later

August 8, 2018
Tool up to get the job done right, and save time and your sanity in the process.
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Tuning Up: Judgment in the Garden of Musical Delights

August 7, 2018
In the backseat of a German cab, pedantics and rock ’n’ roll attitude collide in a Twilight Zone-meets-Godfather showdown.
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Dimed & Dangerous: Dr. Demento or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Tube

August 2, 2018
How a burst of flame and a transistor radio led to a life exploring amp design.
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Tone Tips: Ask Doctor Pete—Seeking Clarity

August 1, 2018
Tone scientist Pete Thorn touches on subjects ranging from an EQ pedal in your effects loop to being nice to your singer.
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State of the Stomp: Context Is King

July 30, 2018
No tone is an island.
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Bass Bench: Psycho Tricks of the Low End

July 29, 2018
Sometimes we bassists can’t crank up enough to experience our fundamentals in all their glory. But wait—there is a simple solution.
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Signal to Noise: Don’t Overdo It

July 18, 2018
When you bond with an instrument, it pays to think twice about tearing it apart.
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Anatomy of an Amp Cab

July 13, 2018
It may not be the sexiest part of your rig, but the speaker enclosure plays a crucial role in the signal chain. Here’s what’s going on inside.
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State of the Stomp: Make Yourself Some Inspiration

July 3, 2018
Out-of-the-box techniques can put you in the right creative space.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Cover Bands and Clone Guitars

July 2, 2018
If imitation is the highest form of flattery but innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower, balancing the line is an art form.
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Last Call: Award Show Stuff You Don’t See

June 25, 2018
Double-pay, free guitars, bumps, vamps, and green-room gaggles behind the magic of the small screen.
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On Bass: Island Bass

June 20, 2018
Examining the bass lines from classic reggae tunes to help grasp the genre’s spirit of simplicity, feel, and groove.
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