April 2020

Pro Advice

Doina Seranada

Wizard of Odd: Doina Seranada

November 14, 2019
This Romania-built, communist-era axe takes some obvious cues from Italian and Japanese guitars of the ’60s, but has a look all its own.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Bling Versus Sound and Feel

November 11, 2019
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but a guitar should foremost be a player.
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Bass Bench: From Friction Peg to Machine Head

November 8, 2019
Exploring the evolution of tuning machines, breaking down the importance of weight, placement, and gear ratios.
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Tuning Up: Satan, Schmatan—All Hail Gorgoroth!

November 7, 2019
Yes, their shtick/supposed beliefs are silly, but the Norwegian black metal vets are some of the most legit song crafters in heavy music.
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Silver and Black: Tips for Buying Vintage Fender Amps

November 5, 2019
The literal ins and outs of getting the right amp at the right price.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Fretboard Follies

November 4, 2019
Feeling good about your setup always means feeling better about your guitar.
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Mod Garage: Goo Begone!

November 1, 2019
Behold the magic of the homemade electrolysis bath.
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Vintage Vault: 1937 Gibson L-10

October 29, 2019
A classic archtop acoustic that helped define country music resurfaces at the right moment.
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Question & Obsession: Stratocaster Stars

October 28, 2019
Old Dominion’s Matthew Ramsey joins us in discussing players who make the Strat sing, embodying the classic model’s sound in a singular way.
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Wizard of Odd: Apollo Red Baron

October 25, 2019
Like flying ace Manfred von Richthofen, this guitar from 1960s Japan was bold, non-traditional, and favored red.
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Nov19_BottomFeeder

Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Cozart “Rickencopy”

October 24, 2019
As they say, “Ain’t nothing like the real thing, baby,” but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with a cheeky poseur.
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State of the Stomp: Give It to Me Straight

October 22, 2019
When experimenting, keep your endgame in mind.
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Nov19_ToneTips

Tone Tips: Don’t Lose the Spark

October 21, 2019
Inspired while on the road? These devices can help.
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Nov19_LastCall

Last Call: Following Van Halen on a Quest for Power Control

October 17, 2019
Early on, Eddie discovered Variacs allowed him to adjust the electrical voltage output to his amps. Here’s a way to do it if you’re on a budget.
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Nov19_AcousticSoundboard

Acoustic Soundboard: The Round-Shouldered Dreadnought Revival

October 14, 2019
This body shape didn’t go extinct, but it came darn close.
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Nov19_BassBench

Bass Bench: Give Me a Break!

October 11, 2019
How the angle of your strings between nut and tuner affects tuning stability, tone, and playability.
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Tuning Up: Are We Doomed to Be “Inbred” Bores?

October 9, 2019
CAUTION: 24/7-guitar-nerd mentality can spectacularly backfire.
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Nov19_EsotericaElectrica

Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Jump Start

October 7, 2019
Recharging your creative battery can be a simple affair.
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Nov19_ModGarage

Mod Garage: Inside Yamaha’s Dry Switch

October 4, 2019
Passive bass-cut switches have been around since the late ’50s—maybe even longer. Here’s a new twist on a classic theme.
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Nov19_VintageVault

Vintage Vault: 1956 Gibson Les Paul

October 3, 2019
Do you dream of ’50s goldtops? You’re not alone.
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