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Tone Tips

Peter Thorn's Home Studio

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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The Road Guitarist's Studio

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

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

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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Don't Turn it Down ... Control Your Volume

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

Tone Tips from the Road: 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

Tone Tips from the Road: Giving Your Instrument an Attitude Adjustment

August 10, 2012
When I determined that a couple of my guitars needed more defined personalities, I made a few changes.
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Secrets of Signal Flow

Tone Tips from the Road: Secrets of Signal Flow

July 9, 2012
How do you get the most out of your pedals and wiring?
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Recipes for Non-Guitar Sounds

Tone Tips from the Road: Recipes for Non-Guitar Sounds

June 8, 2012
Here are some cool ideas to add to your sonic cookbook.
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Going Direct with Analog Equipment

Tone Tips from the Road: Going Direct with Analog Equipment

May 11, 2012
When used properly, some lightweight, space-saving solutions sound every bit as good as an amp.
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Tone Stacking With Two Amps

Tone Tips from the Road: Tone Stacking with Two Amps

April 6, 2012
If you want to use two amps simultaneously, there are some things you need to know before you flip on those power switches.
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Getting A Grip on Turbulent Tuning

Tone Tips from the Road: Get a Grip on Turbulent Tuning

March 9, 2012
Tuner design, mass, and material have an effect on tone.
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Covering The Tonal Bases Part 2: Amps

Tone Tips from the Road: Covering the Tonal Bases Part 2—Amps

February 10, 2012
Like most guitarists, I own several different amps. That way, depending on the style of music I’m playing on the road, I can achieve the different sounds I need.
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Gear Paramedic

Tone Tips from the Road: Gear Paramedic

January 10, 2012
Make sure your equipment is in top shape and can be fixed quickly if something takes a dive in the middle of a gig.
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Tube Talk

Tone Tips from the Road: Tube Talk

December 20, 2011
If you’re new to the world of power tubes and their respective sounds, lets begin with a crash course in two of the most popular power tubes—6L6s and EL34s.
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Hollow Tones

Tone Tips from the Road: Hollow Tones

November 15, 2011
Meet three of my hollow guitars—a Gretsch 6118T-LTV, a PRS Hollowbody 1, and a Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion III—and discover why I use them.
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The Beauty of DI

Tone Tips from the Road: The Beauty of DI

October 18, 2011
The fact is that modeling software has improved by leaps and bounds in recent years and—in many real-world situations—it can sound even better and be a more suitable choice than traditional amplification.
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The Live Acoustic Sound

Tone Tips from the Road: The Live Acoustic Sound

September 20, 2011
Over the years, I have come up with a collection of remedies for common problems that have come between me and great acoustic tone.
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Light Bulb Gear

Tone Tips from the Road: Light Bulb Gear

August 16, 2011
Can you control the tone, feel, and sag of your amp ... with a light bulb?
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The Heavy Tone Equation

Tone Tips from the Road: The Heavy Tone Equation

July 19, 2011
When it comes to a modern heavy tone, I usually start with a guitar that has heavy strings and active pickups, and then add a noise gate and a high-gain amp to complete the equation.
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