November 2018

How-Tos

What’s in a Neck?

November 30, 2017
If you’re lucky, your guitar neck can feel as familiar and comfortable as an old pair of jeans, but there’s more to it than meets the eye. Discover the ABCs—make that the CUVs—of this crucial appendage.
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Road Dog: Road Food

November 29, 2017
The good, the bad, and the really, really ugly. PG's Ted Drozdowski shares how to find great and not-so-great eats on the road, and survive your drummer's fiery digestive tract.
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Ask Amp Man: Add Some Marshall Grit to a Fender Bassman

November 27, 2017
How to convert a half-unused tube into a gain stage.
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Tuning Up: Bullsh*t Soundscapists vs. True-Blue Bloozmeisters

November 26, 2017
Get ready to enter the flag-waving purist’s No Spin Zone—where fired-up traditionalists stick it to insulting shoegazers!
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The Recording Guitarist: 'Sgt. Pepper’s' Lonely Solo Button

November 24, 2017
Rock recording has modernized since Sgt. Pepper. But has it improved?
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On Bass: Pedal Power

November 17, 2017
Explore the potent technique of using pedal tones on electric bass.
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American Spirit: Peter K. Siegel

November 16, 2017
Avant-garde guitarist Elliott Sharp talks to the producer behind classic albums by Roy Buchanan, Joseph Spence, and Doc Watson about a lifetime of historic music-making.
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Last Call: How Songs Happen

November 14, 2017
If you hang out with creative people, life can be one big art project.
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Bass Bench: Pondering the Cabinet Conundrum

November 14, 2017
Should bassists pay more attention to the humble speaker enclosure?
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Mod Garage: May the Phase Be with You

November 10, 2017
Use this “traffic light” table to avoid potential issues when combining single-coils from different manufacturers in one guitar.
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Tuning Up: Fingertip Trips & the Rule of the Thumb

November 8, 2017
How exploring guitardom’s least-talked-about picking technique can humanize your playing and open vast new vistas in your repertoire.
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Ask Amp Man: Beefing Up a Fender Deluxe Reverb Reissue

November 1, 2017
How to add reverb and tremolo—and new tonal colors—to the “normal” channel of a workhorse amp.
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The Recording Guitarist: Crafting Countermelodies

October 31, 2017
The perfect part may be closer than you think.
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State of the Stomp: Welcome Back, Bad Monkey!

October 24, 2017
A forgotten zombie pedal returns from the dead to rekindle an old friendship and bring a new perspective.
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On Bass: More Than Four Extra Notes

October 22, 2017
A little extra on top usually means something good, so why not a little extra something on the bottom?
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Last Call: The Tone Quest Never Ends

October 19, 2017
An old Vibroverb inspires a hunt for a sound from our columnist’s past.
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What Bohlinger Plays: Slippery Swingin’ Riff in E

October 17, 2017
How to play a Jerry Reed-inspired pattern fit for everything from blues and country to more rockin’ fare.
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State of the Stomp: Let the Outside In

October 16, 2017
What precious fuel keeps the idea factory running?
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Ask Amp Man: A ’60s Premier Combo Gets Cleaned up for Dirty Work

October 16, 2017
Restoring a cool Multivox-made 1x12 G2R amp to its original nasty state.
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Tuning Up: Junkie Medicine for Sad Sacks & Mofos

October 15, 2017
A shred god’s snide declaration sets off PG’s editorial director (again) and gets him ruminating on what unites the unwashed guitar masses.
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