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Mod Garage: The Blender 7-Sound Stratocaster

May 31, 2019
A virtually infinite palette of Strat tones at your fingertips? You bet.
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Riff Rundown: Russian Circles' "Arluck"

May 26, 2019
The guitar architect demonstrates how to play the first single off the instrumental-metal band's forthcoming album, Blood Year.
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Tone Tips: Switch On, Tap Off

May 20, 2019
Just say no to expressive tap dancing—at least on or around your pedalboard.
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Last Call: Find Your Purpose

May 19, 2019
If My Little Pony can make life more meaningful, why not playing guitar?
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12 Things Guitar Techs Need to Know

May 14, 2019
Whether you want to tech for a touring band, open a repair shop, or simply maintain your own instruments, there are important things to consider before stepping into the world of 6-string repair.
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Russian Circles' Mike Sullivan: How I Create Live Loops

May 12, 2019
The instrumental-metal shaman demonstrates how he builds the bulldozing tones for "Mladek" onstage.
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Mod Garage: Exploring “Outlaw” Pickup Parameters

May 3, 2019
Inductance, resonant peak, and Q factor: What the heck do they mean and how do they affect electric guitar tone?
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On Bass: Low-End Introductions, Part 2

May 1, 2019
Going further down the rabbit hole of bass-intro gems in rock history.
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State of the Stomp: To Sum or Not to Sum

April 30, 2019
Tips for taking your signal path from stereo to mono.
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Tone Tips: Know Your Rig, Inside and Out

April 22, 2019
If you lost your signal during a gig, would you panic and freeze or find and fix the issue with ninja-like precision?
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Last Call: An Unofficial Limited Etymology of Music Terms

April 19, 2019
Some handy definitions for cool cats who gig—and civilians.
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Dimed & Dangerous: The Joy and Heartbreak of DIY Amp Building

April 12, 2019
A tale of filter chokes, rectifiers, 60-cycle hum, and the perils of self-navigation.
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No-Brainer Mods 2019!

April 11, 2019
Three entry-level axes and the DIY projects that turn them into secret weapons for the stage and studio.
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State of the Stomp: Some Things About Sound Waves I Think Are Cool

April 9, 2019
Thinking about sound helps harness its properties. Saddle up!
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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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