March 2020

Pro Advice

Were the Good Ol’ Days Really That Good?

February 21, 2020
A realistic look at what it means to be successful for bassists, builders, and instrument shops in the 21st century.
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Jol Dantzig’s Esoterica Electrica: Fretboard Treatments Bound to Please

February 20, 2020
Fretboard edges might not be as sexy as tonewoods or inlays, but they play a vital role in a player’s relationship with a guitar.
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Meet Norma, the 6-String Prehistoric Raptor

February 19, 2020
She's got four pickups and a cornucopia of switches, dials, and pickups on her saber-toothed pickguard.
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How to Build a Flight-Friendly Pedalboard

February 17, 2020
It's not as obvious as you might think. Here are the questions you gotta ask when planning your travel rig.
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How to Stay Happy and Healthy on the Road

February 13, 2020
Sideman to the stars Pete Thorn shares his regimen for avoiding the pitfalls of touring.
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Would You Like Your Guitar Roasted, Toasted, or Baked?

February 12, 2020
Thermally modified tonewood goes by many marketing nicknames, but its effect on tone is still up for debate.
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Last Call: Do We All Hate Our Own Guitar Playing?

February 10, 2020
Our inner critics constantly tell us we need to be better. Humble Hendrix knew that imperfection is part of the art equation.
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Why Is PG’s Editorial Director Such a Poser?

February 3, 2020
Rise up, one and all—the guitar-media literati are desecrating your sacred cows!
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Rock the 5-Tone Tele

January 31, 2020
Here’s how you can squeeze five different sounds from Fender’s iconic 6-string.
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Peter Green's 1964 Marshall JTM45

January 29, 2020
Which also happened to be used by David Gilmour, Bob Marley, the Police, the Who, the Rolling Stones, and more!
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Identifying a Rare 4-Pickup Baritone

January 26, 2020
The Demian VN-4 shares DNA with Teisco, Guyatone, and Kawai relatives.
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Will Ray’s Bottom Feeder: Vintage Icon V132

January 23, 2020
With a nod to the Les Paul Special, this P-90 equipped solidbody inspires.
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Jol Dantzig’s Esoterica Electrica: What’s the Tonewood Equivalent of Gold?

January 17, 2020
Easy to work with, beautiful, stable, and much more, the marvel of mahogany isn’t lost on luthiers. But the price is a different story.
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Last Call: How Signature Guitars Are Like Handwriting

January 3, 2020
An instrument that feels like home? That’s what it’s all about.
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It’s Art, Dude, Not Sports

January 1, 2020
Pete Thorn on that time when the need for a raw, emotional connection kicked vapid, self-indulgent music to the curb.
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Why Do So Many Posers Play “Offset” Guitars?

December 31, 2019
True or False: To distract from the fact that they couldn’t play their way out of a paper bag.
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The World Is What We Make It, So Make it Something Good

December 29, 2019
Oliver Ackermann (Death By Audio, A Place to Bury Strangers) shares his mantra for better music, better pedals, and a better life.
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Meet the Mother of All Shielded Cable

December 27, 2019
Working with vintage-style wire that has an exposed, braided-metal shield takes skill and patience. But you can do it—we’ll show you how.
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Wake Up Tired Amps with New Speakers

December 24, 2019
An easy way to get better response, higher headroom, and more punch from your vintage Fender.
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Jol Dantzig’s Esoterica Electrica: Why I Don’t Like Taster’s Choice

December 23, 2019
On bearded baristas, boutique guitars, and the parallels they share.
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