December 2019

Pro Advice

Bass Bench: Four on the Wall, or a Bird in Your Hands?

December 12, 2019
Before putting a budget instrument on the bass bench, ask yourself: Am I going to make it play, or am I lipsticking a piglet for wall art?
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Tone Tips: Stuck in a Rut?

December 11, 2019
If your playing is feeling stagnant, there are cures for that.
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Wizard of Odd: Molto Bene Mustang!

December 9, 2019
It may not be your dad’s ’Stang from the 1960s—unless he’s from Italy—but this axe has a unique look and flavor that’s begging for surf rock.
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Tuning Up: Be Your Own Freaking Decluttering Diva

December 8, 2019
You don’t have to follow some social-media megalomaniac to clean up your rig. Here are some ideas, sans the photoshopped B.S.
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Love and Sockets: A Busy Nashville Producer’s Solid-State Sound

December 6, 2019
Dave Coleman’s Quilters and Pathfinders are the foundation of his hard-working tone.
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Reader Guitar of the Month: Yamaha Pacifica

December 5, 2019
This model’s swimming-pool routing makes it a great candidate for modding.
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Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Bending the Rules with a Gretsch G2655

December 1, 2019
A Hipshot B-bender on a bargain semi-hollowbody? Why not!
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Mod Garage: Dig Out-of-Phase Tone? Then Make It Variable!

November 29, 2019
Let PG’s mod guru show you how to wring more sounds from your dual-pickup guitar.
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Acoustic Soundboard: From the Closet to the Store

November 28, 2019
Are those guitars you’re storing for Junior down the road truly instruments he’ll want?
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Healthy Hands, Helping Hands

November 26, 2019
Take good care of your two most important pieces of digital gear.
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Vintage Vault: Reassessing a Rare Semi-Hollow ’73 Les Paul Signature Model

November 25, 2019
After Norlin acquired Gibson, the historic musician lent his name to a new series of guitars, including this goldtop.
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Tone Tips: How to Learn Songs Smart and Fast

November 21, 2019
If you’re heading into some intense woodshedding, why not make it easier?
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Last Call: Will Sell Out, Make Offer

November 19, 2019
The dichotomy of artistic freedom and selling out, and the difference between making a living and making a life.
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State of the Stomp: Do I Need a Loop Switcher on My Pedalboard?

November 18, 2019
Tone suck or lifesaver? Here’s how to decide if you can bear the cost—both economic and sonic—of this fancy technology.
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Wizard of Odd: Doina Seranada

November 14, 2019
This Romania-built, communist-era axe takes some obvious cues from Italian and Japanese guitars of the ’60s, but has a look all its own.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Bling Versus Sound and Feel

November 11, 2019
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but a guitar should foremost be a player.
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Bass Bench: From Friction Peg to Machine Head

November 8, 2019
Exploring the evolution of tuning machines, breaking down the importance of weight, placement, and gear ratios.
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Tuning Up: Satan, Schmatan—All Hail Gorgoroth!

November 7, 2019
Yes, their shtick/supposed beliefs are silly, but the Norwegian black metal vets are some of the most legit song crafters in heavy music.
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Silver and Black: Tips for Buying Vintage Fender Amps

November 5, 2019
The literal ins and outs of getting the right amp at the right price.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Fretboard Follies

November 4, 2019
Feeling good about your setup always means feeling better about your guitar.
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