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June 2019

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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: An Exercise in Branding

May 9, 2019
Do you love your guitar more or less than you love your guitar’s brand?
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Quick Hit: Xotic Super Sweet Booster Review

May 8, 2019
A dynamic boost that is way more than a one-knob wonder.
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Reignwolf’s Jordan Cook: Catching Air

May 7, 2019
A guitarist with a reputation for intense performances heads into the studio with seven years of pent-up live energy and delivers a hard-rocking debut, Hear Me Out.
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Tuning Up

Tuning Up: Why Does Everyone Hate My Favorite Band?

May 7, 2019
A solemn lamentation for the genius of an underappreciated Seattle quintet that is no more.
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Taurus

Taurus Vandall-500 Review

May 6, 2019
This dual-preamp class-D bass beast boasts toughness through its build and finesse with its EQ.
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Five Times Surprise

Album Spotlight: Five Times Surprise

May 6, 2019
Avant guitarists Henry Kaiser and Anthony Pirog have formed a stunning ensemble that delivers a tonal siesta with a bonus 40-minute improv surprise ending.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Where to Draw the Line

May 5, 2019
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. And if do you fix something, fix it right.
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Peterson

Quick Hit: Peterson StroboStomp HD Review

May 3, 2019
It won’t mix a margarita, but it will likely cover all your tuning needs.
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Jun19_ModGarage

Mod Garage: Exploring “Outlaw” Pickup Parameters

May 3, 2019
Inductance, resonant peak, and Q factor: What the heck do they mean and how do they affect electric guitar tone?
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Gang of Four’s Andy Gill: Precision and Destruction

May 2, 2019
Striking a balance between chaos and clockwork, the inventive guitarist has created one of rock’s most distinctive styles. On the new album Happy Now, he continues to push the envelope.
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Mesa/Boogie California Tweed Review

May 2, 2019
A spectacular new spin on a 1950s formula.
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On Bass: Low-End Introductions, Part 2

May 1, 2019
Going further down the rabbit hole of bass-intro gems in rock history.
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State of the Stomp: To Sum or Not to Sum

April 30, 2019
Tips for taking your signal path from stereo to mono.
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Japan’s Chai: Meet the “New Cute”

April 29, 2019
This quartet fuses pop, punk, funk, electro-beat, a feminist platform, and an obsession with pink into a unique aesthetic—and their sound is an effervescent gas, with serious guitar and bass chops.
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Trash or Treasure: Peavey Blues Classic

April 28, 2019
This all-tube 15" combo from the mid-’90s was produced for just a couple years, but helped develop an amp series that lives on.
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Vintage Vault: 1921 Washburn Model 1915 Style 1222

April 24, 2019
A little giant of the original parlor-guitar style still has stories to tell.
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Signal to Noise: The Sonic Legacy of Tube Amplification

April 23, 2019
Had electric guitar music emerged from transistors, would we even recognize it today?
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Kim Perlak: Berklee’s Guitar Department Chair

April 9, 2019
The classical guitarist discusses studying with Segovia scholars, why she still takes lessons, her teaching approach, and her modern guitar project with colleague David Tronzo.
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