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November 2015

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Staff Picks: Talking to Hendrix

October 12, 2015
The legendary Buffy Sainte-Marie joins us in channeling our favorite ghost.
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PureSalem

PureSalem El Gordo Review

October 12, 2015
A vintage-styling mash-up—and a versatile rock ’n’ roll machine.
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State of the Stomp: It Gets Weirder

October 11, 2015
Who cares about the next great overdrive? Give me the obscure and the bizarre.
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Kick Out the Jams

Kick Out the Jams: Two Chords and the Truth

October 10, 2015
Even if the harmony is boring, you can still play exciting guitar.
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Guitar Shop 101: How to Intonate an Acoustic 12-String

October 9, 2015
A client wanted her D-12-20 to fret in tune all along the fretboard. Can it be done?
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Gary Clark Jr.: No Backup Plan

October 8, 2015
The innovative bluesman says he wasn’t made for these times.
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Catalinbread Fuzzrite Review

October 8, 2015
Catalinbread adds muscle to an underrated but classic fuzz circuit.
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Michael Kelly Triad 10E 10-String Review

October 6, 2015
Michael Kelly streamlines the 12-string concept, delivering dazzlingly complex sounds at an attractive price.
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5-Way Frenzy: Vintage-Style Strat Pickup Review Roundup

October 5, 2015
We test high-end sets from Amalfitano, Fender, Klein, Manlius, and Mojotone in a carefully calibrated American Vintage ’56 Stratocaster.
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On Bass

On Bass: Challenging the Visual Status Quo

October 5, 2015
What does the bass model you choose to play say about your playing ability?
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Ultimate Ears

Quick Hit: Ultimate Ears UE 7 In-Ear Monitors Review

October 4, 2015
These pro-level in-ear monitors deliver stellar sound for well under a grand.
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Bass Bench: How to Adjust Your Pickups

October 2, 2015
There’s more to this essential setup step than meets the eye (or ear).
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Vai

10 Things We Learned from Steve Vai

October 1, 2015
The shred guru waxes poetic on his infamous 10-hour workout, improvisation, and Bette Midler’s bees.
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Vintage Vault: 1948 Gibson L-5 Premiere Natural

September 28, 2015
Learn the story behind one of the world’s most iconic archtops.
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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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Mod Garage: A Flexible Dual-Humbucker Wiring Scheme

September 25, 2015
Get five sounds from your H/H guitar.
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Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: 2001 Epiphone Firebird VII

September 24, 2015
What happens when you replace three mini-humbuckers with a trio of P-90s?
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The Dead Weather: Anarchy + Chaos + Melody = Rock ’n’ Roll

September 22, 2015
Dean Fertita and Jack Lawrence—the guitar-and-bass team from Jack White’s other other band—talk about fuzz, their intertwined roles, and just how much their boss bosses them around.
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Last Call: The One Rule of Showbiz and Why It’s Good for You

September 21, 2015
In a world of hurt? Get out and play.
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Music in Exile: The Saga of Songhoy Blues

September 17, 2015
How Mali’s refugee crisis inspired a brilliant new “desert blues” band.
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