October 2020

 

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Killing the Bass, Part 2 - homepage

Killing the Bass, Part 2

September 18, 2020
Why you should take the time, money, and effort necessary to dress your studio space for success.
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Surf with a Space-Age Samurai Yamaha guitar homepage

Surf with a Space-Age Samurai

September 14, 2020
Up close and personal with a mint-condition 1968 Yamaha SG-5.
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Bottom Feeder King Stang homepage

Will Ray’s Bottom Feeder: Scoring a King T-Stang

September 13, 2020
Three offers and a partial refund—the beginning of a beautiful 6-string friendship.
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Yuri Gagarin Guitar Photo homepage

A 6-String Fit for Yuri Gagarin

September 6, 2020
The Soviet-era Jolana Star X does not have a built-in gamma-ray phaser, but the otherworldly solidbody makes up for that with built-in fuzz.
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Recording Dojo: Why Guitarists Shouldn't Diss DIs

September 4, 2020
These inexpensive little boxes aren't just for bassists. Invest in one and it'll open your studio to a universe of tonal possibilities—and likely save you a lot of time and headaches.
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Jerry-Rig Iso Box homepage

Get ’Er Done: Jerry-Rig Your Own Iso Box

August 30, 2020
Everyone’s suddenly hot for home recording, but if you’re on a budget you might have to resort to some guerilla tactics.
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Keith Jarrett: The Köln Concert Last Call homepage

Last Call: Unplayable

August 26, 2020
Being uncomfortable is scary, but perfect conditions might not get you where you need to be. Case in point: The best-selling solo jazz album in history, from pianist Keith Jarrett.
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How to Get Hendrix Tone with Classic Fender Amps

August 24, 2020
How to make a Bassman, Twin, or Super Reverb sound more Experienced.
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Sep20 State of the Stomp Knobs homepage

Close Your Wallet and Open Your Mind

August 20, 2020
That epic new sound you’re seeking might already be on your pedalboard.
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September 20 Esoterica Electric Jol Dantzig Hamer homepage

Jol Dantzig’s Esoterica Electrica: The Doors of Perception

August 17, 2020
It’s just a thought that you have to change.
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September 20 Acoustic Soundboard taylor guitars homepage

What Matters More in an Acoustic Guitar—Design or Tonewoods?

August 16, 2020
Skillful guitar design reflects not only an appreciation for quality materials, but a nuanced understanding of how they behave.
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Killing the Bass, Part 1

August 14, 2020
Interpreting memories, wrangling frequencies, and exploring the importance of well-designed studio rooms.
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Grammer Acoustic Richie Owens homepage

Billy Bought a Guitar ... Company

August 9, 2020
This is what happened when Nashville hit-maker Billy Grammer decided to fund his own “perfect” flattop.
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DIY: Relic’ing Tuners, Part 1

August 7, 2020
Our relic’ing series continues. Here’s an easy way to age the metal casings of guitar tuners.
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Chinese Ohm Guitar homepage

Reader Guitar of the Month: "Hot Wonderful" Circuit-Board 6-String

August 3, 2020
A guitarist finds a shipping shortcut through Amazon and tries out a no-frills, peel-and-stick body customization.
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Hoyer 725 Wizard of Odd Video homepage

Dialing 9-1-1 for a Hoyer 725

August 2, 2020
Resuscitating a quirky, heavily damaged ’60s-era electric is made possible by a skilled technician and friend.
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Recording Dojo: Understanding Compression, Pt. 2

July 31, 2020
Epic settings for industry-standard compressors.
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Last Call Distortion Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Last Call: Why We Like Distortion

July 30, 2020
While researching guitarists’ obsession with tone, I found a fascinating take on why heightened sound frequencies excite humans.
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State of the Stomp Loe Sounds Modular Synths

Prepare for Takeoff on the Modular-Synth Spaceship

July 27, 2020
Looking for the otherworldly? Here are some devices and concepts that point the way.
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Jol Dantzig’s Esoterica Electrica: Walking the Simulated Sonic Runway

July 19, 2020
If a plug-in can make a Strat-like sound out of a Les Paul, or a hollow jazz box out of a Tele, what does it mean to be a guitar builder today?
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