December 2020

Pro Advice

Esoterica Electrica Tuning homepage

Does Factory Fresh Mean Ready to Play?

November 29, 2020
Top techs share their tips, tweaks, and onstage product development for brand-spankin’-new guitars.
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Mod Garage Storage homepage

The COVID Files: Inside the Mod Garage Shop During Lockdown

November 27, 2020
Dirk Wacker shares what the last six months have been like for him and his guitar-tech business in Germany.
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Acoustic Soundboard Taylor Guitars fretboard homepage

The Earth Isn’t Flat, and Neither Is Your Fretboard

November 26, 2020
How—and why—acoustic guitar builders create predictable, controllably stable necks.
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1961 Supro Vintage Vault

A ’61 Supro That’s Super for Slide

November 22, 2020
This original archtop Coronado’s Vistatone pickups speak the language of Ry Cooder and other tone hounds.
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Recording Dojo High Pass Filter homepage

Recording Dojo: What's a High-Pass Filter & How Should You Use It?

November 20, 2020
Here's how to clean up low-end mud and add definition to mixes.
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Wizard of Odd Murph Guitar homepage

Meet Murph, My Surf-Rock Friend

November 16, 2020
SoCal in the ’60s was a hotbed of guitar building, but it wasn’t just the big guys equipping aspiring rock stars.
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Linda Ronstadt Deluxe Reverb homepage

The Saga of the Linda Ronstadt Deluxe

November 15, 2020
How a not-so-special silver-panel amp was transformed into solid gold.
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John Bohlinger Last Call November 20 homepage

Last Call: Evolution

November 12, 2020
Much like birds, we are constantly developing our own musical voices.
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Esoterica Electrica November 2020 homepage2

Logo Advice from a Living Legend

November 8, 2020
For starters, says Hamer Guitars cofounder Jol Dantzig, avoid stock typeface at all costs.
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I’m Just Glad I’ve Got My Damn Guitars homepage

I’m Just Glad I’ve Got My Damn Guitars

November 6, 2020
Eight months/a decade into COVID-19, are we self-aware enough for our own good?
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State of the Stomp Hondo Felder homepage

For the Love of Demos, Pt. 1

November 2, 2020
Bassist Hondo Felder looks for the versatility factor.
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Bass Bench November 20 homepage

Does Fret Material Really Matter for a Bass?

October 30, 2020
Conventional wisdom says that, as a string anchor point, the metal alloy must play a tonal factor. But it's more complicated than that....
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Acoustic Soundboard November 2020

Now's the Time to Pick Up a Banjo

October 29, 2020
Pandemic got you in a rut? Making the easy jump to the guitar's cousin is guaranteed to jumpstart your creativity.
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Spotlighting a Rare Gibson 6-String Bass homepage

The World's Doomiest SG?

October 25, 2020
Cue metal music for this two-pickup 1962 Gibson EB-6 bass—one of just 68 in existence.
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diy relic tuners homepage

DIY Relic’ing Tuners, Part 2

October 23, 2020
The Mod Garage guitar-aging series continues. Try these easy steps to get a vintage look on your plastic tuners.
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Love & Sockets Fantastic Negrito homepage

"I Don't Have Any Regular Settings"

October 16, 2020
Fantastic Negrito on the “freaky” Orange amp with as many moods as his Grammy-winning tunes.
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Recording Dojo-Delay Pedal homepage

Recording Dojo: How to Capture the Best Delay Sound

October 12, 2020
Both the type of delay you're using and whether your amp is equipped with an effects loop can have a huge impact on how good your echoes sound in the final mix.
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Oct20Wizard of Odd Valco Custom Kraft homepage

How Could Guitars with Names Like These Not Be Amazing?

October 8, 2020
Meet the Custom Kraft Beat Blaster, Agitator, Bone Buzzer, and Groover!
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Last Call Push Shiny Red Button homepage

Last Call: Push the Shiny Red Button

October 4, 2020
Recording yourself could help unlock your best playing yet. Plus, it can help with that cabin fever.
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