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Dimed & Dangerous: That’s My Sound, Man!

June 20, 2019
In a new band? Here’s how to fit in sonically—and do it in style.
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Last Call: Space Is Music, Too

June 17, 2019
Think about playing guitar as a communication device in a larger conversation.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Guitar Stuff that Works

June 10, 2019
In this age of landfill-bound goods, it’s refreshing that guitars still continue to buck that trend.
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Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Gibson Music City Jr.

June 9, 2019
Trading for a P-90-powered prize.
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Bass Bench: How Low Can You Really Go?

June 7, 2019
The tube-vs.-solid-state debate lives on.
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Tuning Up: Knowledge Is Not Like a Hamburger

June 6, 2019
Holy smoke! How destiny can reveal itself in a riddle.
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State of the Stomp: Advice, Tricks, and Treats

June 3, 2019
Our expert discloses a few secrets of life … and gear!
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Mod Garage: The Blender 7-Sound Stratocaster

May 31, 2019
A virtually infinite palette of Strat tones at your fingertips? You bet.
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Vintage Vault: 1958 Gibson Les Paul Standard “Byrd” Burst

May 28, 2019
Spotlighting a “player grade” classic.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Dreadnought Days

May 27, 2019
Hip to be square or bound for round, it’s all about the shoulders.
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Tools for the Task: 12" Alnico Replacement Speakers

May 24, 2019
Give your rig new life and personality with a speaker makeover.
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Signal to Noise: Current Affairs

May 22, 2019
Discover how a critical difference between a self-contained guitar amp and a component rack system affects dynamic response and feel.
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Tone Tips: Switch On, Tap Off

May 20, 2019
Just say no to expressive tap dancing—at least on or around your pedalboard.
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Last Call: Find Your Purpose

May 19, 2019
If My Little Pony can make life more meaningful, why not playing guitar?
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12 Things Guitar Techs Need to Know

May 14, 2019
Whether you want to tech for a touring band, open a repair shop, or simply maintain your own instruments, there are important things to consider before stepping into the world of 6-string repair.
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Bass Bench: Parsing Power Ratings

May 10, 2019
What do these numbers really mean and can you trust them?
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: An Exercise in Branding

May 9, 2019
Do you love your guitar more or less than you love your guitar’s brand?
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Tuning Up: Why Does Everyone Hate My Favorite Band?

May 7, 2019
A solemn lamentation for the genius of an underappreciated Seattle quintet that is no more.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Where to Draw the Line

May 5, 2019
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. And if do you fix something, fix it right.
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Mod Garage: Exploring “Outlaw” Pickup Parameters

May 3, 2019
Inductance, resonant peak, and Q factor: What the heck do they mean and how do they affect electric guitar tone?
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