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Reader Guitar of the Month: Put Some Skank on It

July 23, 2018
A guitarist wanted a Les Paul Jr., so he made his own version out of cherry wood from a handbuilt family heirloom.
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On Bass: Easily Avoidable Bass Pitfalls, Part 2

July 23, 2018
Give your strings some thought, fine tune your action, and don’t forget to breathe.
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Staff Picks: My First Amp

July 20, 2018
My Morning Jacket’s Jim James joins us to discuss our very first amps, and where they are now.
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Vintage Vault: 1960s Kay Swingmaster K763

July 20, 2018
A semi-hollow player’s workhorse ready for a second life.
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Signal to Noise: Don’t Overdo It

July 18, 2018
When you bond with an instrument, it pays to think twice about tearing it apart.
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Trash or Treasure: Epiphone PR7E

July 15, 2018
A reader’s curious preschooler finds an old guitar in a spare room. The reader smartly inquiries about its value before handing it over to a 4-year-old.
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Acoustic Soundboard: The Cutaway Question

July 11, 2018
A closer look at how, or if, an acoustic cutaway affects your tone.
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Tone Tips: Going Wireless in 2018

July 10, 2018
With today’s affordable wireless tech, it’s time to stop trippin’ and cut the cord to gain guitar freedom.
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On Bass: Easily Avoidable Bass Pitfalls

July 9, 2018
By thinking in terms of quantity over quality, many are led to regard the bass as an “easy” instrument, but there’s a lot more to it than that.
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Tuning Up: The Woebegone Wanker Watch™

July 8, 2018
To get YOUR totally badass, regret-obliterating timepiece, simply call 1-800-SAD-SACK—today!
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Wizard of Odd: Ripe for Slide—Mid-’60s Kawai SD Electrics

July 6, 2018
What do you get when a piano manufacturer turns to making electric guitars? Perhaps something resembling a serious piece of furniture.
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Vintage Vault: 1955 Gibson L-5 CES

July 5, 2018
Marvel at this post-World War II hollowbody, worn by play but still intact and all original.
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State of the Stomp: Make Yourself Some Inspiration

July 3, 2018
Out-of-the-box techniques can put you in the right creative space.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Cover Bands and Clone Guitars

July 2, 2018
If imitation is the highest form of flattery but innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower, balancing the line is an art form.
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Bass Bench: MIDI Sensing on Steroids

July 1, 2018
No doubt you’ve heard the saying “many hands make light work.” It turns out this also applies to MIDI bass.
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Last Call: Award Show Stuff You Don’t See

June 25, 2018
Double-pay, free guitars, bumps, vamps, and green-room gaggles behind the magic of the small screen.
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On Bass: Island Bass

June 20, 2018
Examining the bass lines from classic reggae tunes to help grasp the genre’s spirit of simplicity, feel, and groove.
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Tools for the Task: Open-Gear Tuners

June 18, 2018
Ten open-gear tuner options to dress your acoustic for success, simply or ornately.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Perfect Intonation and Other Myths

June 17, 2018
Jol Dantzig channels his inner Andy Rooney to set the record straight on a handful of guitar-related folklores.
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The Recording Guitarist: Recording Electric Guitar—Multi-Mic Options

June 15, 2018
Once mic or two? Mono or stereo? Hear the differences.
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