December 2019

How-Tos

Mod Garage: Three Ways to Wire a Tone Pot

August 2, 2019
How you connect the tone cap and potentiometer to the volume control has a huge effect on your sound.
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State of the Stomp: When the Freak Becomes Your Friend

July 26, 2019
Don’t just embrace chaos—court it! And sonically leave the planet.
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Dial It In: Swapping Tubes

July 23, 2019
Fine-tune your tube amp’s gain structure and headroom by experimenting with preamp and phase-inverter tubes.
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Last Call: Live, Without a Net

July 16, 2019
Take time to pick the strawberries.
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Tone Tips: Planning Your Route

July 9, 2019
Parallel versus series routing, and how your choice impacts your effects palette.
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Dimed and Dangerous: The Gentle Brute’s Guide to Troubleshooting

July 8, 2019
Don’t be afraid to use some carefully applied force to get results—on vintage Teles or funky tubes.
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Riff Rundown: Paul Gilbert "I Own a Building"

June 30, 2019
Watch as the guitar master slows down and simplifies the bonkers opening progression to a song off his 2019 album, Behold Electric Guitar (and has a blast doing it).
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Mod Garage: Make a DIY Electrolysis Bath

June 28, 2019
Rust begone! You’re no match for this homemade cleaning tool.
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Riff Rundown: Lost Dog Street Band's "One Shot to Wake"

June 23, 2019
Train-hopping troubadour Benjamin Tod showcases how he spruces up cowboy chords with some deft fingerpicking.
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Dimed & Dangerous: That’s My Sound, Man!

June 20, 2019
In a new band? Here’s how to fit in sonically—and do it in style.
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Last Call: Space Is Music, Too

June 17, 2019
Think about playing guitar as a communication device in a larger conversation.
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Play It Smart! Must-Know Seasonal Care for Acoustics

June 11, 2019
Keep your guitar sounding great and in peak playing condition with these simple—and essential—tips for combating environmental threats.
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State of the Stomp: Advice, Tricks, and Treats

June 3, 2019
Our expert discloses a few secrets of life … and gear!
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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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