February 2019

How-Tos

Riff Rundown: Alter Bridge's "In Loving Memory"

December 2, 2018
The popular song (and unusual fingerpicking pattern) off the band's 2004 debut, One Day Remains, is simplified by creator Mark Tremonti.
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Mod Garage: How to Shield Humbucking Pickup Covers

November 30, 2018
Metal covers offer shielding, but they also rob high end. Is there a way to get around this and have the best of both worlds?
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Dimed & Dangerous: So Many Tubes, So Little Time

November 23, 2018
Thinking about a tube swap? Here are four factors to consider.
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Riff Rundown: A Perfect Circle's "So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish"

November 18, 2018
The APC guitarist builds the 6-string parts that form the feedback-rich single from 2018's Eat the Elephant.
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Signal to Noise: Glass Inside—Handle with Care?

November 15, 2018
Let’s debunk some myths about tube reliability.
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What Bohlinger Plays: Open-String Triplet in G

November 13, 2018
Here’s how to play an impressive triplet-based run that combines ringing open strings with hybrid picking.
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Tone Tips: The Powerhouse Pedalboard

November 13, 2018
Our resident tone guru offers sound hardware solutions for your pedalboard, with versatility and ease front of mind.
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Last Call: The Appeal of Dweedly-Dweedly

November 12, 2018
Repetitive patterns are part of a guitarist’s vocabulary, but they don’t tell the full story.
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Bass Bench: Oil, Shellac, Nitro, Polyester, and Urethane: What Gives?

November 9, 2018
Let’s put the marketing hype aside and look at the basic properties of instrument finishes.
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State of the Stomp: In Defense of Version 2

November 8, 2018
Why pedal makers keep trying to build a better mousetrap.
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Mod Garage: The Sound of Silence—Revised and Expanded

November 2, 2018
We’ll show you how to get 15 switchable sounds from a pair of 4-conductor humbuckers, courtesy of an avid PG reader.
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Tuning Up: The (Half-Facetious) Secret to Staying Young … -ish

November 1, 2018
How to rewire our inborn tendencies toward musical myopia.
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Riff Rundown: Tremonti's "Unable to See"

October 28, 2018
The Alter Bridge guitar star breaks down the fingerpicking pattern used on his solo single from Dust.
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Dimed & Dangerous: A Day in the Life

October 25, 2018
How our columnist lives the dream of being an amp designer.
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Last Call: Trust Me or Fire Me

October 16, 2018
In music, movies, and maybe even life, a little faith in skill and talent makes for a better result.
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Signal to Noise: Mastering Reactive-Load Technology

October 15, 2018
With analog cab and mic simulation, you can capture the raw tone—and feel—of a raging tube amp at any volume in the studio or onstage.
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Bass Bench: The World of Finishes

October 12, 2018
Wood requires protection—especially from moisture—and there are many ways to get the job done.
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State of the Stomp: My Design Un-Basics

October 9, 2018
A pedal builder explains how what’s under his lid gets into a box’s enclosure.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Identity and Authenticity

October 8, 2018
Does that beautiful battle-worn axe in the window have tales to tell from stage work, or from bench work? And does it matter?
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Mod Garage: Swap That Tone Knob for a Warmth Control

October 5, 2018
Here are five inexpensive ways to bring your passive tone control to life.
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