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Tone Tips

Tone Tips: Dialing in Maximum Tone

February 23, 2014
With so many pedal options these days, here are a some tips on how to maximize your effects for the greatest impact.
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Tone Tips: Don’t Let New Gear Stunt Your Creativity

January 31, 2014
It’s almost impossible to be creative while learning to use complex new gear. Here’s a better idea.
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Tone Tips: Dealing with Stage Fright

January 1, 2014
Combat the jitters and find your performance comfort zone.
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Tone Tips: Getting Heard, Not Buried

December 9, 2013
Rig tips to ensure your tone is heard loud and proud by both you and the audience.
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Tone Tips: What Would Linda Do?

November 4, 2013
Turning off your ego and just rolling with the punches can yield great results.
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Tone Tips: Do You Really Want To?

October 7, 2013
Do you dream about scoring a gig as a touring sideman? If so, take a moment to ponder the yin and yang of this career path.
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Tone Tips: Tube Talk

September 12, 2013
Electric guitar gets much of its sonic mojo from vacuum tubes. Get the lowdown on those glowing glass bottles and learn how to coax the best sound from your amp.
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When Less Is More

July 21, 2013
A simple, no-frills amplifier like the legendary Marshall Super Lead can be a great, clean-slate platform to build your tonal foundation on.
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4 Must-Have Base Tones

July 2, 2013
Pete Thorn details how he can cover a ton of ground with four basic tones by adding the appropriate guitars and effects. What are your must-have base tones?
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Your Partners in Good Tone

June 9, 2013
The stage and sound techs that can make or break every gig you do.
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Tone Tips: The Road Guitarist's Studio, Pt. 2: The Control Room

May 11, 2013
Tuned, stocked, and ready to track: A control room optimized for capturing world-class guitar tones. Welcome to another episode in our never-ending quest for tone. Last month’s column, The
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Tone Tips: The Road Guitarist's Studio

April 15, 2013
This month, we’re going to focus on mic’ing guitar cabinets in the studio, but keep in mind that much of the info can be applied to the stage as well.
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Keep Calm and Carry On: Staying Cool Under Pressure

March 11, 2013
In the grand scheme of things, the most important thing to remember is that when people come to see you play, they are on your side.
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Simplify Your Life: Portable Power Tools for the Modern Guitarist

February 4, 2013
Compact yet loaded with effects, amp modeling, built-in speakers and much more, the eBand JS-10 from Roland is an ultra-portable practice station. Remember the ’80s? I’m talking about crazy
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Tone Tips: Don't Turn It Down ... Control Your Volume

January 9, 2013
There are plenty of great options out there for controlling stage volume.
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That Modern Country Sound

September 5, 2012
The guitar sound of modern country is 70 percent ’70s-style rock and 30 percent twang.
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Giving Your Instrument An Attitude Adjustment

August 10, 2012
When I determined that a couple of my guitars needed more defined personalities, I took them to Glaser Instruments in Nashville for an attitude adjustment.
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Secrets of Signal Flow

July 9, 2012
Top: A peek inside a Dunlop DVP1 volume pedal reveals a 250k pot that’s well suited for passive pickups and preserving highend frequencies. Bottom: Wiring job in progress. A
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Recipes for Non-Guitar Sounds

June 8, 2012
Following are some tonal recipes to add to your sound cookbook.
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Going Direct with Analog Equipment

May 11, 2012
I have come up with some lightweight, space-saving solutions that sound every bit as good as an amp when used properly.
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