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Last Call: My Least Favorite Design Flaw

January 7, 2019
What if brain cramps are really a sign of genius?
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Tuning Up: The Scarlet Letter of Artifice

January 4, 2019
The perils of the “fake it till you make it” mentality in music.
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Bass Bench: Diving into Lutherie

January 2, 2019
What does it take to make a living building basses?
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Mod Garage: Working with Wire

December 28, 2018
What are the best tools and practices for wiring a guitar? And what’s up with “push-back” wire? Glad you asked.
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On Bass: Low-End Life Hacks, Part 3

December 26, 2018
Exploring more tips, tweaks, and work-arounds to make your low-end life even more enjoyable.
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Acoustic Soundboard: The Virtues of a Stiff Neck

December 25, 2018
The body usually gets most of the sonic credit, but the stiffness of an acoustic guitar’s neck plays a key role in producing a lively sound.
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Reader Guitar of the Month: Fender Mustang 90 “Violet”

December 21, 2018
A reader uses Lego pieces to make his Frankenstang unique, but his tone simple.
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Dimed & Dangerous: Preamp Tubes—Little Bottles, Big Sounds

December 21, 2018
Obey the law—Ohm’s Law, that is—and avoid tube burnout!
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: The Curious Hepcat

December 20, 2018
Practicing the art of listening, sharing, and looking around for the sake of learning.
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State of the Stomp: How Much Is Your Art Worth, Dude?

December 19, 2018
Demystifying the cost of boutique pedals.
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Vintage Vault: 1967 Gibson ES-330TD

December 17, 2018
A hollowbody thinline guitar with a sound that appealed to jazz players.
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Signal to Noise: Demystifying the Tube Rectifier

December 16, 2018
Exactly how does this glowing bottle affect your tone?
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Tools for the Task: Guitar Racks

December 14, 2018
Fun fact: Instruments that are out of their cases and convenient to grab will probably get more playing time.
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Question and Obsession: Upside-Down Frown

December 13, 2018
Julien Baker of boygenius joins us in discussing songs that lift our spirits.
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Tone Tips: Attitude Equals Impact

December 12, 2018
Phil X talks about the approach, technique, and attitude needed for standing out and getting the gig.
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Last Call: Adaptation

December 10, 2018
In an ever-changing world, it’s evolve, resist, or both.
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Wizard of Odd: Stella—A Story of Strange Solidbodies

December 9, 2018
You may know that Charley Patton, Lead Belly, and Doc Watson played Stella acoustics built in New Jersey in the 1930s, but these oddball post-WWII electrics hail from Tokyo.
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Bass Bench: Marketing Madness

December 7, 2018
People want to sell the gear they make—that’s A-OK. But how far will some stretch the truth to make the sale?
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Tuning Up: The Vintage Legitimization Myth

December 5, 2018
Why do we love the lusted-after gear of yore? It’s a lot more complicated than we’d like to think.
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State of the Stomp: Save Your Dreams, Slay the Dragon

December 4, 2018
A lesson in how to adapt, survive, and thrive.
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