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Stratocaster Master Tone Configuration

December 16, 2008
A 10-minute Strat mod from Dirk Wacker
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Top 10 Tips for All Guitarists

November 26, 2008
10 simple tips to get the most out of your playing
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New Sound, Old Guitar

June 10, 2008
A near-mint Gibson B-45 12-string. A bad bridge. Lots of potential. John Southern embarks on a grand project to save a classic. This adventure started out innocently enough. I
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Amp Miking Tips & Techniques

June 4, 2008
Sweetwater Productions Chief Engineer Chet Chambers shares some tips and techniques for getting the best sound out of your amplifier when you're getting ready to record.

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GearFest 2008 - Guitar Restringing

June 4, 2008
Free guitar restringing at Sweetwater during Gearfest 2008.
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Guitar Tuning 102

May 1, 2008
Digging deep into tuning problems
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Effects Loop Lecture - Egnater Amp Building Seminar

April 15, 2008
This video snippet is from day two of Bruce Egnater's Amp Building Seminar.
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Bright Switch Lecture - Egnater Amp Building Seminar

April 15, 2008
Okay DIY'ers, here's your Bright Switch 101 from Bruce Egnater. ? Bonus: how to use the circuit in reverse on your guitar.
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Let Them Build It and They Will Come

April 9, 2008
Joe Coffey spends 48 hours with Bruce Egnater and learns how to build his own tube amp. Kind of. Click here for videos from the seminar One of the
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Taylor Guitars Road Show - Tonewoods & Tops

April 8, 2008
Here's a video from the April 1, 2008 Taylor Roadshow featuring Taylor's Brian Swerdfeger and Rick Fagan talking about how tonewoods and tops affect a guitar's sound. This video was shot at Sweetwater Music's corporate headquarters in Ft. Wayne, IN.
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The Tone Checklist: Eight Steps to Tone

March 11, 2008
Does the following scenario sound familiar? One day at band practice, thinking out loud, you say, “Man, my tone sucks!” Your drummer will ask what’s wrong with it, and
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Boss DS-1 Mods

January 9, 2008
If you’ve been in a music store anytime since 1978, you’ve no doubt seen the ubiquitous orange Boss DS-1 Distortion pedal. Universally recognized as a good, inexpensive distortion pedal, you’ve
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Taxes & Tax Deductions for Working Musicians

January 8, 2008
A musician''s guide for tax time
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Ask North Point

December 17, 2007
The skinny on the rock and North Point Church
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Joyful Noise (or how the church learned to stop worrying and love Rock n' Roll)

December 12, 2007
It’s a little past 5:30 on a brisk Tuesday night in Eastern Iowa, and the sun has already set past the horizon. Richard Bruxvoort-Colligan, First Lutheran Church’s minister of
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Competition Advice: All You Need to Know

December 3, 2007
The world of guitar competitions, explained by competition vets
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The $5 Traveling Practice Amp

November 19, 2007
DIY computer speaker mod
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The Sound of Silence

August 8, 2007
Updated information and statistics on the ever-present problem of musician hearing loss.
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General Patent: Marching Orders on the Patent Process, From Start to Finish

June 12, 2007
The patent process can seem daunting to the unskilled, but this month we’ll be exploring some of the basic steps in obtaining a United States patent through the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
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How to Get the Gig, part 2

April 12, 2007
It’s important to know yourself and your playing abilities, to know the situation you’ll be playing in and to remember to not overplay once you get to your audition
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