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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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Mod Garage: How to Shield Single-Coil Pickups

October 13, 2017
Here’s the secret for reducing unwanted hum and noise without losing sparkle and highs.
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Face the Fuzz: A Beginner’s and Skeptic’s Guide to Fuzz Pedals

October 10, 2017
Everything you need to know about the quirky-awesome, sometimes-confusing stompboxes often pigeonholed as just for classic rock and experimental music.
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On Bass: The String with the Most Bass

October 9, 2017
Is 4-string snobbery getting you down?
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Bass Bench: Horror Stories from the Repair Shop

October 6, 2017
Sometimes it makes sense to acknowledge your limitations.
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Dust That Broom! A Newbie’s Guide to Slide

October 5, 2017
Intrigued by the sweet ’n’ searing sounds of slippery-fingered guitar? Here’s how to choose the right slide and start exploring this timeless technique.
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The Recording Guitarist: Subvert the Virtual Guitar Rig!

October 3, 2017
Amp and effects modelers are designed to sound analog—but they don’t have to.
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Road Dog: Epic Axe Failures

September 27, 2017
PG’s Ted Drozdowski tells the story of the exploding SG, the too-sweaty Strat, and other onstage blow-ups.
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Last Call: How to Avoid Idiocracy

September 21, 2017
Teaching music in schools builds better brains.
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The Big Score: Cutting Guitar Tracks for TV

September 19, 2017
Composer Rich Tozzoli shares his secrets, tips, gear, and techniques for big-time small-screen scoring.
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Mod Garage: The Quad-Pot, Dual-Humbucker Wiring of Doom

September 15, 2017
Guitarists can’t have it all when it comes to onboard tone control. Oh, yeah? Let’s reconsider.
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The Recording Guitarist: Rock on with Your Clock On

September 7, 2017
The far-out sounds of effect sequencers.
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Ask Amp Man: Modding a Supro 6420 Thunderbolt

September 1, 2017
A few simple mods may, or may not, make a vintage Supro Thunderbolt ready to rumble on modern stages.
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State of the Stomp: Building Chris Cornell’s Cannonballs

August 28, 2017
Our columnist recounts making custom pedals for the late rock giant, and mourns his passing.
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Last Call: My Long, Slow Descent Into Pedal Madness

August 25, 2017
How one guitarist’s effects obsession was born, ran amok, and then conquered. For now.
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Mod Garage: The Triple-Threat, Solo Humbucker Wiring

August 18, 2017
Like to keep things simple? Here’s how to coax three sounds from a stripped-down guitar sporting one 4-conductor ’bucker.
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Staff Picks: A Little Help from Our Friends

August 17, 2017
Everyone needs a little guidance sometimes. Avenged Sevenfold’s Zacky Vengeance joins us as we recall the best advice received from a fellow player.
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Tuning Up: Small Thoughts in a Big World

August 14, 2017
PG’s Shawn Hammond shares how a random song and a chance encounter at Summer NAMM cut through the bullsh*t and helped reset his musical outlook (again).
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Last Call: Instagram Me, Wabi-Sabi

August 11, 2017
Talent in the raw thrives, just a thumb click away.
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Guitar Pickups 101

August 7, 2017
Confused by terms like alnico, Formvar, and pole pieces? Dive into our primer to discover the history and technology behind the electric guitar’s most essential component.
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