October 2020

 

Pro Advice

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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

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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Tyler Bryant

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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State of the Stomp: Some Things About Sound Waves I Think Are Cool

April 9, 2019
Thinking about sound helps harness its properties. Saddle up!
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Wizard of Odd: 1965 Zenon Zemi

April 8, 2019
Angular lines, sweeping curves, bright tones, and mysterious origins. What more can you ask for from a super-rare Japanese electric?
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Bass Bench: Exploring Low-End Distortion

April 5, 2019
What are the benefits and drawbacks of adding dirt and grind to your bass sound?
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