February 2019

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Dissecting Distortion Pt. 3

February 8, 2008
In last month’s column, we looked at images of sound waves with and without distortion. I’d like to examine those photos again for some more analysis. In Figures 1
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1955 Fender Stratocaster

February 8, 2008
This guitar features a one-piece ash body with birdseye maple “D” shaped neck and clocks in at eight pounds. The neck and trem spring cavity are both dated “7-55”, and
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NAMM VIDEO: The Ultimate Single-Coil Guitar from Godin

February 8, 2008
Anaheim, CA (February 8, 2008) - There are some nice guitars out there with chameleon-like tendencies to adapt to different players who like different things. This is not one of them.
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Don’t Break the Chain(s)

February 8, 2008
Greetings, everyone! Before we meander down the signal chain any further, I thought that it would be a good idea to talk briefly about maintaining your chain and keeping
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Meet the MW1

February 8, 2008
Let’s take a look at a cool piece of gear that can help make better guitar recordings. Made by Creation Audio Labs in Hermitage, Tennessee, the MW1 Studio Tool
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Johnny Smith: Extraordinary Man, Extraordinary Guitar

February 8, 2008
Johnny Smith once said of himself that he wasn’t a jazz guitarist, but don’t believe it for a minute. Ever the humble, reserved homebody, Smith did as much as
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The Four Rs - Replicas

February 8, 2008
Hello and welcome back to the Low End, and our second installment of the four Rs: replicas. To begin, we should define replica. Is a replica something as simple as
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Re-amping for Perfect Tone

February 8, 2008
Re-amping is a two-stage process. First record a dry guitar signal through a direct box. Then route the signal out of your recorder, through a re-amp box and into
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1965 Rickenbacker Model 1993

February 8, 2008
Nothing says “the sixties” like a Rickenbacker 12-string electric guitar. After late 1963, when George Harrison of the Beatles received his first, rock n’ roll would never be the
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All Star Guitar Night: Rusty Cooley

February 8, 2008
In the circus world of guitar playing, the art of shred guitar occupies the role of sideshow attraction – other guitarists frequently look upon these light speed virtuosos and
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Direct Box Distortion and Twin Trouble

February 8, 2008
Hi Jeff, I have a Bellari ADB3B direct box which has a tube. I hooked it up to the mixer at church and the soundman said it produced a
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So You Want to Build a Guitar? Pt. 7

February 8, 2008
The guitar, taking shape, but before contouring Rear Routes Things start moving quickly at this point as we see the guitar really starting to form. We are going to
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The ’59-’63 Fender Concert Vibrato

February 8, 2008
Over the years, Fender has used two different effects that are labeled “vibrato.” One simply modulates the loudness of the signal. The other is more interesting to me; it modulates
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Effects Modifications: Concepts and Philosophy

February 8, 2008
Greetings, all ye pedalheads! This month we’re going to discuss our take on effects modifications. Most players these days are at least aware of the availability of effects mods
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Bypass Surgery

February 8, 2008
True bypass loop pedals can keep your effects from harming your tone. You’re getting concerned about your tonal health. When you visit your local health professional you find out
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1921 Martin O-18

February 8, 2008
From the very first installment of this column, the topic has always focused on solidbody or semi-hollowbody guitar restorations, prompting the question, “Do you ever work on acoustic guitars
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Hamer DuoTone

February 8, 2008
Dear Guitar Trash or Treasure, The lead guitarist in our band has played this Hamer guitar for years, but he doesn’t know much about Hamer or the guitar itself.
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Eric Johnson’s NASA Tone

February 8, 2008
The man who needs no introduction to the world of guitar and outstanding tone: Eric Johnson. The first time I heard Eric was back in 1985 when he did
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Monitor Madness

February 8, 2008
They can turn a great night into a nightmare. They can make your performance or destroy it. If you haven’t guessed it already, I’m talking about those nasty monitors. Almost
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The Show Must Go On!

February 8, 2008
In nearly 30 years of playing live shows, I’ve witnessed a variety of uncontrollable circumstances that have prevented the band from making it to the stage. There’s been everything from
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