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Books You Should Read

December 11, 2007
Guitar Heaven by Neville Marten Naming a book Guitar Heaven is a ballsy move, to be sure. Considering that “Guitar Heaven” is a place most of us have dreamed
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Silly to Serious: Top 10 Tech Questions

December 11, 2007
Over the years I’ve encountered countless questions during my time on the gig, particularly during set up and tear down. I believe there are no stupid questions – if
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The Art of Sound

December 11, 2007
In my world, you tend to see three types of soundpeople: 1. Those who set it and forget it, leaving the band to create their own art while thrashing
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So You Want to Build a Guitar? Pt. 5

December 11, 2007
Last month we created our headstock angle and installed our truss rod. This month, we will get the fretboard and headstock veneer glued in place. With set necks or
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It’s All in the Hands

December 11, 2007
Yeah, I know – you’ve most likely read the above claim in any number of player interviews and guitar magazines. Or perhaps you have heard this oft-repeated maxim from
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Dissecting Distortion

December 11, 2007
This month let’s take a look at our old friend distortion and his little brother overdrive. The ‘50s saw the beginning of an ongoing attempt to make amps louder
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Guild Starfire IV

December 11, 2007
Hi Zach, I bought a new Guild Starfire back in the late 1960s and have had it ever since. I played it for a few years before I gave
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Refinishing a ‘60s Blonde Tele

December 11, 2007
This has been a busy month. We’re getting our instruments ready for the NAMM show that’s held every January in Anaheim. During this time, our repair department continues to busily
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Exploring Tone Controls

December 11, 2007
Practically every piece of musical electronics we use has one or more tone controls. We all use them intuitively, but let’s look closer. To make frequency selective networks, we
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Being George Benson, Pt. 1

December 11, 2007
There has been only one player through modern pop and jazz history who consistently delivers amazing solos, regardless of the style: George Benson. Who but George could play on
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The Year in Review

December 11, 2007
Most of the Western world revolves around a January to December calendar. Vintage guitar dealers also have a unique calendar – the buying year begins in January with the Orlando
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Scrapin’ Around

December 11, 2007
Photo 1 – The leading edge technique on a new neck Since Gene Baker is covering the process of building a guitar, I thought I would contribute some pointers
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Don’t Ditch the CDs Yet

December 11, 2007
Okay, so I’ve got a beef with the whole iTunes download thing – the sound quality sucks. I get the feeling I’m a bit behind the curve in noticing this,
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Joe Satriani - Creating the Engine

December 11, 2007
Most people think of Joe Satriani as a shredder, but in fact he released an album back in 2000 entitled Engines of Creation, which blended electronica with rock guitar
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Peeling Pickups, Pt. 2

December 11, 2007
Last month we presented a couple of scenarios where a pickup’s coil wire was broken, and where peeling the coil – removing some of its wraps – could be
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Carr Amplifiers’ Speaker Selection

December 11, 2007
This month, I spoke with Steve Carr, founder and designer of Carr Amplifiers, about his amplifiers and the speaker selection process. What’s your process for creating a new amplifier?
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EQing Acoustic Guitar Tracks

December 11, 2007
Waves’ Linear Phase EQ plug-in allows for plenty of tonal control while still producing a squeaky-clean sound that will enhance your recordings. While the goal in most recording sessions
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Peavey Problems

December 11, 2007
Hi Jeff, I’ve had a Peavey Classic 30 for about seven years. For what I do, I like it a lot. At first it had an indescribable response and
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ZenTone’s New 7 Watt Amp

December 11, 2007
Class-A amp with 64 presets and MIDI
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New Slash Signature Epiphone Les Paul

December 7, 2007
The hatted one''s tricked-out Epi
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