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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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Tone Tips: The Company You Keep

May 18, 2017
No worn-out clichés about the power of networking here—just some sound advice on landing your next better gig or helping a friend land his or hers.
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Expression Pedal Basics: Take Control!

May 16, 2017
Get on the good foot and command a whole new sonic universe. Here are the how-tos and hacks you need to get started.
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Ask Amp Man: Limited Edition Ampeg SVT

May 12, 2017
A rare “Skunk Works” production amp is brought out of the woodwork and up to speed.
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The Recording Guitarist: Breaking Bits

May 11, 2017
This ugly effect can be a thing of beauty.
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Bass Bench: Gig Preparedness

May 5, 2017
Being ready to step onstage involves more than knowing the material and how to dial in your tone.
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Mod Garage: Switchable Modern-Retro Les Paul Wiring

April 28, 2017
Here’s an easy and inexpensive way to give your beloved axe two distinct voices.
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State of the Stomp: How to Be a Gentle Gear Guru

April 27, 2017
Noobies need your insight. Dispense it generously and kindly.
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Last Call: Redactive Creativity

April 24, 2017
Does anyone really win awards—or sell music—for originality?
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The Recording Guitarist: Big Bad Baritone

April 20, 2017
T’aint bass, t’aint guitar, ’tis versatile.
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Speaker Geeks: Wiring Up a 4x12 Cab

April 19, 2017
When it comes to moving air, it’s hard to beat a 100-watt head driving a full stack. Here’s how to manage the series-parallel wiring at the heart of this classic configuration.
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DIY: How to Refinish Your Axe

April 18, 2017
StewMac tech guru Erick Coleman on how to give your instrument a sweet new look in five easy steps—sans fancy tools.
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Tuning Up: First-World Problems and 6-String Dreams

April 18, 2017
How to prevent a fortuitous existence from taking you down the path to musical tedium.
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Ask Amp Man: Troubleshooting an Epiphone Electar

April 14, 2017
Amp Man does a total resurrection of an old lap-steel amp riddled with puzzling dysfunction and mismatched tubes.
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DIY: How to Set up Jazzmasters & Jaguars

April 12, 2017
Offset addict Michael Adams reveals setup secrets for making Fender’s ingenious, sorely misunderstood axes sing.
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State of the Stomp: Embrace Your Secret Love

April 11, 2017
Inspiration can be found in the most unlikely places, including those once spurned.
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On Bass: Woodshedding Before You Go-Go

April 6, 2017
Victor Brodén takes a crash course on the funky styling of Deon Estus in prep for a George Michael tribute show.
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Mod Garage: Two Easy Ways to Improve Tuning Stability on a Flattop

March 31, 2017
Struggling with slipping strings or strange rattles? Here’s how to deal with the potential culprits.
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Last Call: Sound Like You

March 29, 2017
Stepping off the creative precipice has both risks and rewards.
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