November 2018

Gigging Advice

Tuning Up: Junkie Medicine for Sad Sacks & Mofos

October 15, 2017
A shred god’s snide declaration sets off PG’s editorial director (again) and gets him ruminating on what unites the unwashed guitar masses.
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Tone Tips: Remembering Chris Cornell

October 12, 2017
A few tips and memories from our columnist’s time with his late friend and bandmate.
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Face the Fuzz: A Beginner’s and Skeptic’s Guide to Fuzz Pedals

October 10, 2017
Everything you need to know about the quirky-awesome, sometimes-confusing stompboxes often pigeonholed as just for classic rock and experimental music.
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On Bass: The String with the Most Bass

October 9, 2017
Is 4-string snobbery getting you down?
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Dust That Broom! A Newbie’s Guide to Slide

October 5, 2017
Intrigued by the sweet ’n’ searing sounds of slippery-fingered guitar? Here’s how to choose the right slide and start exploring this timeless technique.
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Road Dog: Epic Axe Failures

September 27, 2017
PG’s Ted Drozdowski tells the story of the exploding SG, the too-sweaty Strat, and other onstage blow-ups.
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Last Call: How to Avoid Idiocracy

September 21, 2017
Teaching music in schools builds better brains.
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The Big Score: Cutting Guitar Tracks for TV

September 19, 2017
Composer Rich Tozzoli shares his secrets, tips, gear, and techniques for big-time small-screen scoring.
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Tuning Up: The Joy of Contrarianism

September 18, 2017
Next time you write a riff, lead, or progression, ask yourself, “Is this how everyone else would play it?”
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On Bass: The Incredible Journey

September 13, 2017
Our columnist’s recent trip home to Sweden results in an unexpected, sentimental reunion with a bass he purchased almost three decades ago.
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Tone Tips: Is Rock Guitar Eating Itself?

August 31, 2017
Rock ’n’ roll will never die, but it does take extended naps from time to time.
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Last Call: My Long, Slow Descent Into Pedal Madness

August 25, 2017
How one guitarist’s effects obsession was born, ran amok, and then conquered. For now.
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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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