November 2018

How-Tos

All About Speakers

July 19, 2017
Everything you need to know before diving into speaker swapping—one of the easiest, most impactful gear changes you could possibly make.
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On Bass: Siren Songs

July 11, 2017
You might be non-country to the core, but there’s a lot that can be gleaned from some of the bass work in modern pop-country music.
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Speaker Geeks: Oh! The Damage Done

July 7, 2017
Learn how to patch a torn speaker cone and how to avoid voice-coil rub and frozen speaker syndrome.
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DIY: Build Your Own Rotary Speaker!

July 6, 2017
Dig those head-spinning tones? Here’s a step-by-step guide for making your own Leslie-inspired cabinet.
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The Recording Guitarist: Designing Delays, Part 2

July 4, 2017
More unconventional echo experiments.
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Tone Tips: Quick Pointers for Recording and Mixing Acoustic Guitar

July 2, 2017
You might be totally in sync with your home-recording rig, but tracking acoustic guitar presents some unique challenges and there are guidelines to follow.
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Ask Amp Man: A Vintage Showman, Not Ready for Prime Time

June 30, 2017
This oddball 1963 Fender head demanded serious examination.
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Mod Garage: Build a Pickup Phase Tester, Part 2

June 25, 2017
When installing replacement pickups from different manufacturers, it’s a crap shoot whether they’ll be in phase with each other. This fun DIY project helps you avoid out-of-phase nightmares.
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State of the Stomp: L’appel du Vide

June 20, 2017
The internal battle between gear lust and contentment.
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Last Call: Your Guitars Own You

June 19, 2017
What to do when your axes become your axis of anxiety.
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State of the Stomp: Play Like a Girl (Scout)

June 15, 2017
Leave the songs your guitar visits better than they were before it arrived.
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Tone Tips: Is Political Correctness Neutering the Guitar?

June 14, 2017
Rock ’n’ roll is far from dead, but is it as bold and experimental as it used to be?
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The Recording Guitarist: Unusual Echoes

June 12, 2017
Get creative with faux-analog delay tones.
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Ask Amp Man: A Space-Age Gibson Titan Gets Relaunched

June 11, 2017
A rare find from 1964 lands on the workbench and is up and running after a little ground control.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Prime Time for a Classic Tool

June 5, 2017
For those who've pondered building guitars, Jol Dantzig waxes poetic on the one classic tool he can’t live without.
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Mod Garage: Build a Pickup Phase Tester, Part 1

June 2, 2017
Do you like to try out different pickups in your guitars? This handy, inexpensive device will spare you a lot of potential grief.
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Last Call: Goodbye, Cruel Circus, I’m off to Join the World!

May 29, 2017
Everyone has bad days. Don’t let a case of Steve Sax Syndrome get you down.
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Bass Bench: Yo! Another Universal Guide to Great Bass Tone

May 23, 2017
Is there a shortcut to great sound and feel?
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What Bohlinger Plays: Double-Stop Bends

May 23, 2017
Vintage Strat in hand, the popular Last Call columnist shows you how to play dreamy, pedal-steel-like bends up and down the neck.
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On Bass: Deconstructing a Hybrid Rumble

May 19, 2017
Victor Brodén takes a close look at bassist Ethan Farmer’s right-hand approach, which blends techniques that can noticeably juice up the low end’s sonic space.
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