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Gigging Advice

Staff Picks: A Little Help from Our Friends

August 17, 2017
Everyone needs a little guidance sometimes. Avenged Sevenfold’s Zacky Vengeance joins us as we recall the best advice received from a fellow player.
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Tuning Up: Small Thoughts in a Big World

August 14, 2017
PG’s Shawn Hammond shares how a random song and a chance encounter at Summer NAMM cut through the bullsh*t and helped reset his musical outlook (again).
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Speaker Geeks: Tone Is in the Cone

August 13, 2017
Discover how a speaker’s parts and assembly methods impact cone movement, and why this is important to guitarists.
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Last Call: Instagram Me, Wabi-Sabi

August 11, 2017
Talent in the raw thrives, just a thumb click away.
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On Bass: Siren Songs, Part 2

August 7, 2017
A further look into the stellar bass work behind some of the pop-country gems produced by Mutt Lange.
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State of the Stomp: Come with Me if You Want to Live

July 26, 2017
Is the guitar dead, or just taking a nap?
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Why Neck Pitch Matters

July 24, 2017
Before you start choosing those finish and hardware options for your new axe, did you make sure your guitar’s neck angle feels right?
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All About Speakers

July 19, 2017
Everything you need to know before diving into speaker swapping—one of the easiest, most impactful gear changes you could possibly make.
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On Bass: Siren Songs

July 11, 2017
You might be non-country to the core, but there’s a lot that can be gleaned from some of the bass work in modern pop-country music.
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Speaker Geeks: Oh! The Damage Done

July 7, 2017
Learn how to patch a torn speaker cone and how to avoid voice-coil rub and frozen speaker syndrome.
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Tone Tips: Quick Pointers for Recording and Mixing Acoustic Guitar

July 2, 2017
You might be totally in sync with your home-recording rig, but tracking acoustic guitar presents some unique challenges and there are guidelines to follow.
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State of the Stomp: L’appel du Vide

June 20, 2017
The internal battle between gear lust and contentment.
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Last Call: Your Guitars Own You

June 19, 2017
What to do when your axes become your axis of anxiety.
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State of the Stomp: Play Like a Girl (Scout)

June 15, 2017
Leave the songs your guitar visits better than they were before it arrived.
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Tone Tips: Is Political Correctness Neutering the Guitar?

June 14, 2017
Rock ’n’ roll is far from dead, but is it as bold and experimental as it used to be?
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Last Call: Goodbye, Cruel Circus, I’m off to Join the World!

May 29, 2017
Everyone has bad days. Don’t let a case of Steve Sax Syndrome get you down.
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Bass Bench: Yo! Another Universal Guide to Great Bass Tone

May 23, 2017
Is there a shortcut to great sound and feel?
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On Bass: Deconstructing a Hybrid Rumble

May 19, 2017
Victor Brodén takes a close look at bassist Ethan Farmer’s right-hand approach, which blends techniques that can noticeably juice up the low end’s sonic space.
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Tone Tips: The Company You Keep

May 18, 2017
No worn-out clichés about the power of networking here—just some sound advice on landing your next better gig or helping a friend land his or hers.
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Expression Pedal Basics: Take Control!

May 16, 2017
Get on the good foot and command a whole new sonic universe. Here are the how-tos and hacks you need to get started.
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