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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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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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