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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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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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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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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Jump Start

October 7, 2019
Recharging your creative battery can be a simple affair.
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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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Vintage Vault: 1956 Gibson Les Paul

October 3, 2019
Do you dream of ’50s goldtops? You’re not alone.
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State of the Stomp: Thinking Three-Dimensionally

September 30, 2019
Build a genuine relationship with your amp and your pedals.
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Wizard of Odd: Maxitone 481

September 24, 2019
A unique-looking bass from the back pages of a familiar family biz.
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Tone Tips: Masters of Many

September 23, 2019
Keep pedalboards light and tight, with a jack-of-all-trades pedal.
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Question & Obsession: Ultimate Rig Rundowns

September 19, 2019
Guitarist Madison Cunningham joins PG editors in discussing which players we’d want to get deep with.
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Tuning Up: For Those Feeling Like an Unmade Bed

September 17, 2019
A shout-out of solidarity (and thanks) for those suffering through life’s not-so-cool fits of shrieking fuzz.
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Last Call: Sing for Your Gig

September 16, 2019
Why should you be singing? It will help your career, plus it feels good.
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Bass Bench: Who Really Built That “Custom” Guitar?

September 13, 2019
The truth about how some boutique and mainstream instrument builders keep endorsers happy and prices low.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Under Pressure

September 9, 2019
Taylor's Andy Powers takes a closer look at how piezoelectric pickups amplify acoustic guitars.
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Silver and Black: Simple Tube Tricks for Beginners

September 2, 2019
Need more headroom or gain? Spin the bottles.
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Mod Garage: Working with Shielded Coax and Teflon-Insulated Wire

August 30, 2019
If you want pro results from your modding adventures, you need to learn how to handle these specialized types of cabling.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Why Wood?

August 28, 2019
When a plastic guitar falls in the woods …
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Vintage Vault: 1968 Vincent Bell Coral Electric Sitar

August 25, 2019
A sonic touchstone from the psychedelic-rock era.
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Wizard of Odd: Mid-’60s Astrotone

August 23, 2019
Blasting off with a difficult-to-find, but very cool MIJ guitar from the violin world.
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