Read the August issue online for FREE

Pro Advice

Bass Bench: The Inherent Limitations of Acoustic Bass Guitar

September 7, 2018
In terms of unamplified volume, can low-enders ever compete with their flattop-wielding cohorts?
Read More

Trash or Treasure: Danelectro Centurion

September 2, 2018
A groovy dorm-room amp from the early ’60s finds its way back to its owner—ready for rock, and a little repair.
Read More

Dimed & Dangerous: How Bright Caps Shape Tone

August 31, 2018
Discover the sound-sculpting properties of bright caps and how to tame treble acoustically.
Read More

Acoustic Soundboard: The Retronym March

August 27, 2018
If it looks like a guitar and sounds like a guitar, then it’s just a “guitar,” right? Kind of.
Read More

Mod Garage: Dialing in the Passive Tone Control

August 24, 2018
Do you always leave your tone pot wide open? Here’s how to squeeze more utility from this oft-neglected knob.
Read More

On Bass: Improve Your Groove

August 20, 2018
If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime of ignoring your metronome.
Read More

State of the Stomp: Virtually Real, or Really Virtual?

August 19, 2018
Why stompboxes survive in a world of modeling and emulators.
Read More

Staff Picks: The Head and the Heart

August 17, 2018
Yonatan Gat and PG editors show off their most intriguing headstocks and discuss current musical obsessions.
Read More

Vintage Vault: 1977 Travis Bean TB1000A Artist

August 17, 2018
An aluminum-through-necked beauty that’s enjoying a renaissance in the world of heavy music.
Read More

Signal to Noise: Slave to the Sound

August 15, 2018
Explore the reactive load box and the role it plays in reamplification.
Read More

Last Call: It’s Not Who You Know; It’s Who Knows You

August 14, 2018
To get around in the music biz, ya gotta get around.
Read More

Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Cozart Serape T-style

August 13, 2018
A cheapo guitar with a Mexican-style blanket covering its body is a conversation starter—and a cool player.
Read More

Acoustic Soundboard: To Cleat, or Not to Cleat

August 9, 2018
It’s a good thing to fix a crack on your guitar, but don’t let your tone suffer in the process by going overboard with the repair.
Read More

Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Pay Now or Cry Later

August 8, 2018
Tool up to get the job done right, and save time and your sanity in the process.
Read More

Tuning Up: Judgment in the Garden of Musical Delights

August 7, 2018
In the backseat of a German cab, pedantics and rock ’n’ roll attitude collide in a Twilight Zone-meets-Godfather showdown.
Read More

Dimed & Dangerous: Dr. Demento or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Tube

August 2, 2018
How a burst of flame and a transistor radio led to a life exploring amp design.
Read More

Tone Tips: Ask Doctor Pete—Seeking Clarity

August 1, 2018
Tone scientist Pete Thorn touches on subjects ranging from an EQ pedal in your effects loop to being nice to your singer.
Read More

State of the Stomp: Context Is King

July 30, 2018
No tone is an island.
Read More

Bass Bench: Psycho Tricks of the Low End

July 29, 2018
Sometimes we bassists can’t crank up enough to experience our fundamentals in all their glory. But wait—there is a simple solution.
Read More

Mod Garage: Ultra-Flexible HH Wiring

July 27, 2018
Crave more sounds from your dual-humbucker guitar? Here’s how to make that happen.
Read More