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Tone Tips: Volume, Dynamics, Guitar

April 12, 2018
Let the guitar be the instrument it was meant to be, which is not a synthesizer.
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The Recording Guitarist: The Limits of Loud

April 10, 2018
You can only pump up the volume so far.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Faking It

April 9, 2018
Does this crap guitar make me look authentic?
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Ask Amp Man: Tone Tweaks for a Carvin Series III X

April 6, 2018
Bolstering an amp that boogied its way alongside the ’80s competition from Petaluma.
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Signal to Noise: In the Beginning

April 5, 2018
Can a lawn-mower flywheel lead to a “horrendous and beautiful” guitar sound?
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On Bass: Deconstructing a Perfect Bass Line: “The Image”

April 3, 2018
Victor Brodén extols the virtues of bassist Randy Jackson’s “pick” and ghost-note techniques, and explains how copping Jackson’s approach can serve a player well.
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State of the Stomp: Breathing Room

April 2, 2018
The search for time and space—to create.
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Mod Garage: Meet Göldo’s Double Wafer 3-Way Switch

March 30, 2018
When it comes to 3-way pickup selectors, there’s a new kid in town. Would you like an introduction?
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Wizard of Odd: The Incredible Tale of a Mid-’60s Aria Diamond 1402T

March 28, 2018
Sometimes, against all odds, you find yourself reunited with a long-lost friend.
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Vintage Vault: 1965 Danelectro Model 3923 Doubleneck

March 27, 2018
A classic shorthorn that covers the highs and lows.
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Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Cozart 12-String S-Style

March 26, 2018
The ring’s the thing with this lightweight, low-budget chimer.
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Reader Guitar of the Month: Gayle Snoopy

March 23, 2018
After finding an old drawing in the attic, a North Carolina luthier builds the dream guitar designed by his teenage self.
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Bass Bench: Chasing Grounding Gremlins

March 23, 2018
If you hope to eliminate noise and hum from your bass, here are the important things to consider.
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Acoustic Soundboard: There’s the Rub

March 22, 2018
Understanding why and how frets wear (hint: it’s not just from fretting) could help extend the life of the ones on your guitar or let you know when it’s time for a complete replacement.
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Ask Amp Man: Revisiting the Dawn of the Sundown Artist

March 20, 2018
An ’80s amp that displays the singular perspective of player/builder Dennis Kager, with multiple effects loops and unique tricks.
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Tuning Up: The Transformational Reverb Sandwich

March 19, 2018
Signal-chain placement can make or break a lot more than just your fuzz or wah pedals.
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The Recording Guitarist: Maximizing Your Mix

March 14, 2018
Loud and proud? Or phony and flat?
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Tone Tips: Takeways from Winter NAMM 2018

March 12, 2018
Always on the lookout for the latest tone tools, Pete Thorn makes his annual pilgrimage to DisneyNAMM to find innovation is alive and well in guitar land.
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Staff Picks: Wake Up!

March 9, 2018
What tunes put you in the mood to seize the day? Hyvmine guitarist Al Joseph and Premier Guitar staffers share their picks.
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Wizard of Odd: The Mystery of Calculon 6

March 8, 2018
One big question remains about this intriguing piece of folk art. Perhaps someone, somewhere has the answer.
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