January 2019

Gigging Advice

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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Bass Bench: Dead Strings ... Revive or Replace?

February 23, 2018
Learn how to reclaim “new string tone”—at least temporarily.
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Last Call: Be Where You Belong

February 22, 2018
Sometimes you must face—and embrace—Father Time.
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Cheap Thrills! 12 Hacks Under $12

February 16, 2018
It’s easy to repurpose everyday items to help you maintain your equipment and play better. Just learn to think sideways.
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Tuning Up: Mattress Practice (Not As Tawdry As It Sounds)

February 8, 2018
How mental woodshedding can lead to better tones, riffs, songs, and … sleep?
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On Bass: Low-End Life Hacks, Part 2

January 31, 2018
Even good habits can be hard to break, but if you occasionally try, you might discover a better bass modus operandi.
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Tone Tips: Curing Tone Issues with Practice

January 23, 2018
Practicing is a good thing, but practicing more effectively may reap rewards faster.
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Last Call: Hired Gunning

January 14, 2018
The lowdown on this sideman’s life: It’s sweet!
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Road Dog: Second-Hand Stories

January 10, 2018
PG senior editor Ted Drozdowski reminisces about encounters with fabled players, including stories about and from Metallica, R.L. Burnside, Scorpions, Roy Buchanan, and ... the ghost of Jimi Hendrix?
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Tone Tips: You Have Everything You Need

December 28, 2017
Before chasing down the latest and greatest gear, take inventory of what you already have. You might be surprised where it can take you.
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Road Dog: The Ins and Outs of Sitting In

December 20, 2017
Respect and consideration are the guiding lights for a great jam—no matter how awesome you think you are. PG's Ted D. relates some awesome and not-so-awesome stories.
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On Bass: The Lowdown Society

December 17, 2017
Our columnist shares tips and tools he’s culled from his podcast, direct from bassists handling the low-end duties on some of the world’s biggest tours.
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Last Call: Here, Now, or Nowhere

December 13, 2017
The VIP at your next gig should be you.
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Tone Tips: Guitar in the Social-Media Era

December 10, 2017
Love it or hate it, tech is part of the guitar universe and here to stay, so make it work for you—not against you.
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State of the Stomp: The Future—Younger, More Female, or Else!

December 3, 2017
Are guitars going the way of the saxophone?
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