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May 2017

First Look: Carvin Legacy Drive VLD1

April 10, 2017
PG's John Bohlinger enjoys his first dance with Steve Vai's new signature preamp pedal.
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Norman Blake: Still Keepin’ It Real

April 10, 2017
Even at 79, the folk and bluegrass legend feels compelled to make his flattop ring and write songs that speak truth to power.
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Quick Hit: Emma Electronic Okto-Nøjs

April 10, 2017
The tasty combination of octaver and fuzz is taken to new highs—and lows—with this Danish design.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: SX4U

April 9, 2017
Do guitar model names most often leave you enlightened, confused, or indifferent?
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The One Album That Changed Everything

April 7, 2017
Twenty-six guitar and bass greats—including Ben Harper, Kaki King, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine and David Ellefson, J Mascis, and Savages’ Gemma Thompson—discuss the record that altered their musical universe forever.
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Taylor Academy 10e Review

April 7, 2017
Meet another very refined entry-level Taylor.
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Rivolta Combinata Review

April 6, 2017
The latest from luthier Dennis Fano is a festive salad of vintage influences.
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On Bass: Woodshedding Before You Go-Go

April 6, 2017
Victor Brodén takes a crash course on the funky styling of Deon Estus in prep for a George Michael tribute show.
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Vintage Vault: 1957 Gibson Byrdland Natural

April 5, 2017
Nashville session guitarists helped develop a classy thinline alternative to heavy solidbodies and traditional jazz boxes.
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Marshall 2525C Mini Jubilee Review

April 4, 2017
A legendary brute is reborn as a bantamweight bruiser.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Imperfect Pitch

April 4, 2017
Being perfectly in tune is virtually impossible, but understanding all the factors involved (and a little cheating) will help you get as close as possible.
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Forgotten Heroes: R.L. Burnside

April 3, 2017
How a cotton-chopping farmer and guitar-slamming badass brought the Mississippi hill country sound to the world.
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Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: 1960 Gibson Melody Maker Single Cutaway

April 3, 2017
A modded old guitar gets a new lease on life.
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Quick Hit: LunaStone The Pusher

April 2, 2017
This rock-solid boost offers more than its one-knob setup might suggest.
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Reader Guitar of the Month: The Fool

March 31, 2017
A Cream fan in Belgium pays tribute to Clapton with a psychedelic SG.
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Mod Garage: Two Easy Ways to Improve Tuning Stability on a Flattop

March 31, 2017
Struggling with slipping strings or strange rattles? Here’s how to deal with the potential culprits.
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Boz Boorer: Triple Agent

March 30, 2017
The workaholic guitarist blends roots rock with sonic majesty as Morrissey’s sparring partner, as a rockabilly guitar hero, and on his new solo album, Age of Boom.
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Gibson EB 4 Review

March 30, 2017
While it doesn’t summon visions of yesteryear’s Gibson EBs, the newly reimagined EB 4 offers up impressive construction, playability, and modern tones.
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Last Call: Sound Like You

March 29, 2017
Stepping off the creative precipice has both risks and rewards.
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Studious Moseley Review

March 28, 2017
An ultra-minimal amp with two EL84s—and a unique voice.
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