December 2019

Tone Tips

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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tone Tips from the Road: The Monster Board

June 14, 2011
Having a large pedalboard with different output options allows you to have a vast palette of tones available at the stomp of a switch.
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Tone Tips from the Road: Vintage or Modern? Yes!

May 17, 2011
Let's consider the pros and cons of new and old guitars.
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Tone Tips from the Road: Tone-Sculpting Backline Gear

April 19, 2011
Like it or not, it’s up to you to know how to get the most out of any guitar or amp you come across.
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Tone Tips from the Road: Specialty Guitar Stew

March 15, 2011
Some different qualities I look for in specialty instruments, beginning with the 6-string bass.
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Tone Tips from the Road: Covering the Tonal Bases

February 15, 2011
How many guitars do you need to get the job done?
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Tone Tips from the Road: Instrument Cables 101

January 17, 2011
Let’s venture inside the cable and look at its components, beginning with the copper wire.
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