Read the September 2018 Issue

Gigging Advice

Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Perfect Intonation and Other Myths

June 17, 2018
Jol Dantzig channels his inner Andy Rooney to set the record straight on a handful of guitar-related folklores.
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State of the Stomp: FAQs From Pedalworld

June 13, 2018
Philippe Herndon replies to readers about digital emulation, “magic ears” designers, truth in advertising, and knowing when an idea is fully hatched.
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Tuning Up: Silencing the Demons

June 6, 2018
Prog pioneers, two Neils, and PG’s Shawn Hammond on fighting impostor syndrome.
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Tone Tips: Learning to Fly Solo

June 3, 2018
With his second solo effort soon to be released, our career gun-for-hire columnist waxes poetic on the creative benefits of going it alone.
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Signal to Noise: The Binary Soul of Electric Guitar

May 21, 2018
In his new column, Fryette Amplification's head honcho riffs about taking a holistic view of the instrument.
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Last Call: Bohlinger’s Unofficial Guide to Music City

May 20, 2018
Our columnist’s take on the 6-string delights of Nashville—with a little added spice.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Where the “Wild Dog” Roams

May 17, 2018
If a guitarist plays rhythm while toggled to the treble setting on a Les Paul, does it make a sound?
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Tone Tips: Blurring Lines

May 16, 2018
Guitarists are already living in a brave new world of effects and guitar-related technology, so where is it going next?
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Last Call: The Ups and Downs of Touring

May 10, 2018
Embracing whatever life on the road brings.
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Tuning Up: “Hi, Please Throw Away My New Album”

May 9, 2018
Eight reasons why your music might not be getting the attention you crave.
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State of the Stomp: Musing on Two-Amp Rigs and Stereo Effects

April 30, 2018
Is a “wet/dry” rig stereo? Is there such a thing as “true stereo” and does it work onstage? The debate rages on.
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Tuning Up: A Chord, Perhaps, Mr. Creosote?

April 19, 2018
How guitarists are like the most disgusting character in Monty Python’s history.
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Last Call: Worst Gig Ever

April 13, 2018
Fish cleaner, kissing bandit, parasite host, or bad-luck honky-tonk bass player?
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Tone Tips: Volume, Dynamics, Guitar

April 12, 2018
Let the guitar be the instrument it was meant to be, which is not a synthesizer.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Faking It

April 9, 2018
Does this crap guitar make me look authentic?
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A Plane Shame: Traveling on Airlines with Guitars

April 3, 2018
The ins—and especially the outs—of carrying a guitar on commercial flights, with tips and horror stories from Dave Davies, Kaki King, Tortoise’s Jeff Parker, and others.
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On Bass: Deconstructing a Perfect Bass Line: “The Image”

April 3, 2018
Victor Brodén extols the virtues of bassist Randy Jackson’s “pick” and ghost-note techniques, and explains how copping Jackson’s approach can serve a player well.
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Tuning Up: The Transformational Reverb Sandwich

March 19, 2018
Signal-chain placement can make or break a lot more than just your fuzz or wah pedals.
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On Bass: Leaving Well Enough Alone

February 27, 2018
The next time you’re out shopping for a new bass, remember that not getting precisely what you paid for can be a good thing.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Chasing the Inventive Dream Files, Part 1

February 26, 2018
“Hey, have you seen anything new and cool?” is a popular conversation starter at NAMM. But there are myriad inventions that don’t make it into these conversations or onto the show floor.
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