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A Jazz Guitar Major: Pros and Cons

June 12, 2007
This is the time when many younger guitar players are finalizing plans for formal music study in the fall
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Heavy Lifting and Songwriting

June 12, 2007
In my youth, the legendary John Hartford (“Gentle on My Mind”) gave me a magical piece of advice that I have embraced ever since. “If you want to be taken seriously in this business, write and perform your own music.”
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Evaluating Your Guitar, Part 1

June 12, 2007
In my mind, appraisers have one of the toughest jobs, as they have to be extremely precise in their work. If they appraise too low, the owner can become offended; if they appraise too high, disappointment can set in when those values aren’t met
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‘65 Gibson SG, Pt. 5

June 12, 2007
We left off last month by completeing the installation of the two reinforcement splines, leveling and finalizing the prep work. We are now ready to do the finish touchup.
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B-Bender Mojo

June 12, 2007
Recently, I had the pleasure of catching up with Will Ray, the renowned guitarist from The Hellecasters
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Speaking Directly

June 12, 2007
Have you ever wondered why a dynamic microphone can be plugged into a 100-foot long cable and still sound great, but your guitar tone starts to crap out after just 20 feet? The difference is in the signal.
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Heavy Metal Shop

June 12, 2007
When building guitars there are many tools you just can’t find on the market to help organize, maneuver and protect your pieces during construction. If you’re resourceful you’ll find ways to build them or call upon the aid of a friend.
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The Secret World of Amp Caps

June 12, 2007
If you keep your amp long enough, one day it will slowly start sounding a little off.
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Speaker Parameters, Part 3

June 12, 2007
The goal is to help you use speaker data in selecting speakers and (for the increasing number of DIY’ers), designing your cabinets.
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The Effects of RoHS Compliance

June 12, 2007
Today is the greatest time in history to be a guitarist.
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RWRP

June 12, 2007
In the early ‘50s, Fender’s guitars came with single coil pickups only. While the early Blackguard Teles gave the player the ability to combine the neck and bridge pickups together via a “blend” control, the Strat made no provision for combining coils.
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Rig Show & Tell, Part 2

June 12, 2007
Last month I talked about the thought process behind pulling together my stage rig. This month, I’ll take you through a more detailed description.
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Guitar Center Agrees to Buyout

June 8, 2007
The latest round of private equity activity meant that it was only a matter of time before the guitar industry would become involved.
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Ernie Ball Creates Splash at LIVE EARTH

June 6, 2007
The result of over 1200 hours of concept design and labor, the awe-inspiring Global Warming Guitar debuted on the London LIVE EARTH stage on Saturday, July 7, in the hands of Chris Guest
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Dave Rogers' Collection

May 14, 2007
And nothing is behind glass. No one is hovering over you. There are no signs warning you not to touch. You are left to enjoy the beauty of the instruments on your own. It was the definition of gear nirvana.
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The Ultimate Tube Amp

May 14, 2007
For years we have tried different techniques to solve the volume problem, such as turning amps to the wall, aiming them across stage, putting baffles in front of the speakers, using modeling amps, and of course, the attenuator
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Celestion Gold Series Speakers

May 14, 2007
The new 50-watt Alnico magnet speakers represent the latest in a line of legendary tones from a company that has had a significant impact on the history of guitar tone
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Dallas International Guitar Festival - A 2007 Wrap Up

May 14, 2007
The 2007 Dallas International Guitar Festival was proof positive that things are indeed bigger in Texas
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The Tone Odyssey: Greg Howe’s Six-String Journey

May 14, 2007
It’s a long and winding road filled with trial and error, happy accidents, success and ultimately the thrill of the ride
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Something to Look Forward to: G & L Custom Creations

May 14, 2007
While many players today are familiar with G&L and their more famous models, like the ASAT, what some may not be aware of is G&L’s Custom Creations Department, developed in the late ‘90s to build limited edition instruments
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