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Esoterica Electrica

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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Hugs, Counsel, and Confronting Blind Spots

February 16, 2017
Here’s a blast to the past: a list of almost 10 things about the guitar-building biz that our columnist would have shared with his younger self.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: The Price of Tides

January 18, 2017
The prices for the most highly sought-after vintage guitars remain in outer space, but you can still spend plenty on bottom-barrel instruments from the same era—if you’re into that.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: A Wing and a Player

December 1, 2016
If imitation is flattery, there’s plenty of flattery in guitar design. And that’s okay.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: I Have Seen the Enemy, and It’s OS

November 6, 2016
Pop the hatch on your self-driving car, load in your automated guitar, and head out for tonight’s gig?
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Lost in Translation

September 21, 2016
Does it matter if the person building your guitar knows how to play one?
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Better by the Dozen

August 3, 2016
If four strings aren’t floating your bass boat, have you considered 12?
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: The Aspirational Guitarist

July 19, 2016
Is that beautiful, expensive piece of gear performing to its potential in your hands?
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Dollars in the Details

June 20, 2016
Aesthetically pleasing guitar details that blend high and low art with the bottom line.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Arched, Carved, and Laminate Tops

May 8, 2016
Is that guitar in the window really an archtop or is marketing speak just telling you it is?
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Why We Play Guitar

April 18, 2016
The veteran luthier explores the ways in which 6-strings connect us to something larger.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: The Forest for the Trees

March 6, 2016
High praise for low-tech materials.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Domestic Disputes

February 11, 2016
So, your guitar was made in the USA—or was it?
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Handmade—at the Press of a Button

December 27, 2015
Determining just how handmade a guitar is, and if it really matters.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Building a Literal Museum Piece

November 24, 2015
How a historic 5-necked wonder came to life in Hamer’s shop.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Tooling Up

October 29, 2015
Look beyond a stunning guitar, and you’ll likely find equally stunning tooling that brought the instrument to life.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Building with Your Ears

September 27, 2015
Jol Dantzig expounds on the importance of listening while you work and how he learned to hate the iPod.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Endorsement Check—the Other Pay to Play

July 22, 2015
How influential—if at all—are celebrity endorsements when you’re shopping for gear?
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Picking Parts and Perfection

June 11, 2015
Tone and playability rule, but there’s more to consider when checking out a guitar.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: The Sounds and Scents of 6-String Poetry

May 19, 2015
Musings on our romantic engagement with the guitar.
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