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Mod Garage: “Jimmy Page” Les Paul Wiring

March 29, 2019
With 21 switchable sounds, this mod can turn a LP-style guitar into a veritable tone monster.
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Tone Tips: Make Your Creative Space Rock

March 24, 2019
Easy steps and tips to help open your creative floodgate in a home-studio setting—and keep it open.
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State of the Stomp: What You Really Missed at NAMM!

March 22, 2019
An insider’s view from pedal world at this winter’s show.
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Tuning Up: Finding “The One”

March 13, 2019
Fidelity in your rig relationships shouldn’t be a dirty word.
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Question and Obsession: One on One

March 12, 2019
Peter Holmström of the Dandy Warhols and PG editors name the musicians they’d like to mine for knowledge.
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Last Call: Musician, Heal Thyself

March 11, 2019
Now there’s scientific evidence that music is a medicine for melancholy.
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Riff Rundown: Russian Circles' "Harper Lewis"

March 10, 2019
The instrumental guitar wizard demonstrates how he uses a simple fretting-hand pattern and tapping technique to create a difficult-sounding passage from Station.
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Bass Bench: Inside the World of Bass Pedals

March 8, 2019
For the modern low-ender, it’s not enough to be a groove master. Today, you need to stay on top of ever-evolving tone-shaping technology.
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Dimed & Dangerous: Listen Up—With Your Ears and Your Gut

March 1, 2019
Practice the art of assessing sound—and character.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: The Guitarist’s Pocket Glossary

February 26, 2019
Arm yourself with guitar-jargon knowledge for decoding the obvious, and not so obvious.
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On Bass: Chasing the “Why”

February 24, 2019
Do yourself a favor and reconnect with the reason you started playing bass in the first place.
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Mod Garage: The Pros and Cons of Plastic-Coated Wire

February 22, 2019
It’s the most common type of wire found in modern production electrics. But how much do you actually know about it?
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State of the Stomp: Let’s Remember to Be Kind

February 18, 2019
Sharing, not being overbearing, keeps the gear world a big friendly place for all.
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Tone Tips: Keep It Quiet, Part 2

February 15, 2019
Solid advice to search and destroy those unwanted noises coming from amps, pedalboards, and wireless units.
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Last Call: Wearing Out Things That Nobody Wears

February 11, 2019
Consider the power of positive dressing.
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Signal to Noise: Are Handwired Amps Superior to PCB-Based Designs?

February 8, 2019
Amps with printed circuit boards often get a bad rap, yet that’s not always justified.
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Bass Bench: Nickel Attack

January 31, 2019
Our instruments pack a lot of this alloy, which can cause allergic reactions in some platers. Do you get mysterious rashes?
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Mod Garage: Deep Diving Into Treble-Bleed Networks

January 22, 2019
Does it bug you to lose treble when you roll back the guitar volume? Here are three solutions to that problem.
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On Bass: Managing Less-Than-Magical Bandmates

January 20, 2019
Once in a while, you have to ask a bandmate to back down, turn down, or something else they probably don’t want to do.
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Dimed & Dangerous: Amps, Pedals, and Pizza Delivery

January 18, 2019
The internet can lead to great discoveries, but so can delivering pizza on a dark and stormy night.
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