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April 2017

Tuning Up: Diagnosis Positive—We’re All Lunatics and D-Bags

March 13, 2017
How a 19th-century list of “ailments” that could get you sent to the nuthouse perfectly describes modern musicians.
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Quick Hit: G7th UltraLight Capo

March 12, 2017
This feather-light, flexible, and firm-fitting capo is inexpensive too.
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Line 6 Spider V 120 Review

March 10, 2017
The Spider evolves and takes inexpensive modeling tones and functionality to new and better levels.
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Mod Garage: Get a Grip on Pickup Phase

March 10, 2017
When you mix and match pickups from different manufacturers, you have to deal with their electrical phase. Here’s how to understand what’s going on.
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Otis Taylor: Music for Ghosts

March 9, 2017
The master of trance blues weaves a haunting, African-rooted web of sound with guitars, banjos, small amps, and digital delay on the bold, racially charged new album, Fantasizing About Being Black.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: For What It’s Worth

March 9, 2017
A few things to think about if you’re looking to “invest” in that must-have guitar.
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EarthQuaker Devices Space Spiral Review

March 8, 2017
Digital delay and modulation mix to create uncommon echo concoctions.
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The Lemon Twigs: Hey Bro—That’s My Guitar!

March 7, 2017
The brothers D’Addario reveal how they rule the stage by sharing a drum kit and a ’64 Melody Maker in their progressive power-pop quartet.
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State of the Stomp: Endorse This!

March 7, 2017
How to get the attention of manufacturers—for better and worse.
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Eric Gales: 'Middle of the Road' Full Album Premiere

March 6, 2017
Hear the untraditional blues-guitar beacon’s new collection of inspirational songs, which includes collaborations with Gary Clark Jr. and Lauryn Hill.
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Vintage Vault: 1964 Gibson Thunderbird Bass

March 5, 2017
How art deco and ’60s marketing meshed in a classic low-ender.
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Darkglass Electronics Microtubes 900 Review

March 3, 2017
This Finnish company’s debut bass amp harnesses thunder aplenty in a smart-looking, light package.
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Bass Bench: Can You Hear the Difference Between Various Neck Joints?

March 3, 2017
Sometimes our long-held assumptions about how instrument construction affects tone can be wrong.
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STS9’s Hunter Brown and Alana Rocklin: The Head and the Heart

March 2, 2017
The rhythm guitarist and bassist discuss mating electronica with rock, and how to make soulful music with machines—without becoming ruled by them.
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Trash or Treasure: Ibanez Studio Series ST 50

March 2, 2017
A late-1970s entry-level axe picked up for $200 undergoes a complete makeover. Is it now a treasure?
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BC Audio JMX 100 Review

March 1, 2017
A reinvented plexi with octal preamp tubes and true point-to-point wiring.
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Last Call: Compound Interest

February 28, 2017
Why music isn’t brain surgery … or space flight, or even the iPhone.
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Quick Hit: Nexi Industries ’70s Distortion

February 27, 2017
A distinctly modern design meets the iconic tones that defined classic rock.
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