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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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On Bass: Low-End Introductions, Part 2

May 1, 2019
Going further down the rabbit hole of bass-intro gems in rock history.
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State of the Stomp: To Sum or Not to Sum

April 30, 2019
Tips for taking your signal path from stereo to mono.
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Trash or Treasure: Peavey Blues Classic

April 28, 2019
This all-tube 15" combo from the mid-’90s was produced for just a couple years, but helped develop an amp series that lives on.
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Vintage Vault: 1921 Washburn Model 1915 Style 1222

April 24, 2019
A little giant of the original parlor-guitar style still has stories to tell.
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Signal to Noise: The Sonic Legacy of Tube Amplification

April 23, 2019
Had electric guitar music emerged from transistors, would we even recognize it today?
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Tone Tips: Know Your Rig, Inside and Out

April 22, 2019
If you lost your signal during a gig, would you panic and freeze or find and fix the issue with ninja-like precision?
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Last Call: An Unofficial Limited Etymology of Music Terms

April 19, 2019
Some handy definitions for cool cats who gig—and civilians.
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Question and Obsession: Hand-Me-Downs

April 18, 2019
Tyler Bryant discusses the guitar Billy Gibbons gave him, a PG reader explains how he came to own Steve Morse’s prototype, and more.
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Tools for the Task: In-Ear Monitors

April 17, 2019
If you can’t hear yourself onstage, is there a sound?
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Dimed & Dangerous: The Joy and Heartbreak of DIY Amp Building

April 12, 2019
A tale of filter chokes, rectifiers, 60-cycle hum, and the perils of self-navigation.
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