April 2020

How-Tos

Tone Tips - Yvette Young - homepage

It’s Art, Dude, Not Sports

January 1, 2020
Pete Thorn on that time when the need for a raw, emotional connection kicked vapid, self-indulgent music to the curb.
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State of the Stomp - homepage

The World Is What We Make It, So Make it Something Good

December 29, 2019
Oliver Ackermann (Death By Audio, A Place to Bury Strangers) shares his mantra for better music, better pedals, and a better life.
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Meet the Mother of All Shielded Cable - homepage

Meet the Mother of All Shielded Cable

December 27, 2019
Working with vintage-style wire that has an exposed, braided-metal shield takes skill and patience. But you can do it—we’ll show you how.
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Silver-and-Black-Speaker-homepage

Wake Up Tired Amps with New Speakers

December 24, 2019
An easy way to get better response, higher headroom, and more punch from your vintage Fender.
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Feb2020 - Esoterica - homepage

Jol Dantzig’s Esoterica Electrica: Why I Don’t Like Taster’s Choice

December 23, 2019
On bearded baristas, boutique guitars, and the parallels they share.
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Question & Obsession: The Process

December 19, 2019
YUNGBLUD, aka Dominic Harrison, joins us in discussing how to work through creative dry spells.
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Jan19-State of the Stomp - homepage

State of the Stomp: It’s All About Wonder and Liberty

December 17, 2019
Columnist Philippe Herndon on gear, freedom, and finding joy in making music.
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Jan20_ModGarage

Mod Garage: Dig Out-of-Phase Tone? Then Make It Variable!

November 29, 2019
Let PG’s mod guru show you how to wring more sounds from your dual-pickup guitar.
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Jan20_ToneTips

Tone Tips: How to Learn Songs Smart and Fast

November 21, 2019
If you’re heading into some intense woodshedding, why not make it easier?
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Dec19_LastCall

Last Call: Will Sell Out, Make Offer

November 19, 2019
The dichotomy of artistic freedom and selling out, and the difference between making a living and making a life.
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Dec19_StateoftheStomp

State of the Stomp: Do I Need a Loop Switcher on My Pedalboard?

November 18, 2019
Tone suck or lifesaver? Here’s how to decide if you can bear the cost—both economic and sonic—of this fancy technology.
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Bejamin Tod

Riff Rundown: Benjamin Tod's "Using Again"

November 10, 2019
The Lost Dog Street Band frontman shows how smooth fingerpicking and a few well-placed hammer-ons ring a somber tone to accompany a downtrodden tale.
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December19-Tuning Up-Gorgoroth-homepage

Tuning Up: Satan, Schmatan—All Hail Gorgoroth!

November 7, 2019
Yes, their shtick/supposed beliefs are silly, but the Norwegian black metal vets are some of the most legit song crafters in heavy music.
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Dec19_EsotericaElectrica

Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Fretboard Follies

November 4, 2019
Feeling good about your setup always means feeling better about your guitar.
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Dec19_ModGarage

Mod Garage: Goo Begone!

November 1, 2019
Behold the magic of the homemade electrolysis bath.
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Nov2019-State of the Stomp-Homepage

State of the Stomp: Give It to Me Straight

October 22, 2019
When experimenting, keep your endgame in mind.
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Nov19_ToneTips

Tone Tips: Don’t Lose the Spark

October 21, 2019
Inspired while on the road? These devices can help.
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BTBAM

Riff Rundown: Between the Buried and Me's "Silent Flight Parliament"

October 13, 2019
Paul Waggoner shows you how a handful of diminished and augmented sounds form the core of this track from the band's The Parallax II album.
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Nov19_BassBench

Bass Bench: Give Me a Break!

October 11, 2019
How the angle of your strings between nut and tuner affects tuning stability, tone, and playability.
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Tuning Up Inbred - homepage

Tuning Up: Are We Doomed to Be “Inbred” Bores?

October 9, 2019
CAUTION: 24/7-guitar-nerd mentality can spectacularly backfire.
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