December 2020

Pro Advice

1983 Fender Concert homepage

A High Five for an Underappreciated Fender

March 20, 2020
Handwired by amp guru Paul Rivera, this ’80s Concert rules for everything from blues to rock, and Americana.
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This Bass Might Be Responsible for the Pointy Headstocks of the '80s

March 16, 2020
Guitar hunter extraordinaire Frank Meyers recalls how he found this late-’60s Marlin PB-26—an ahead-of-its-time design so gonzo it left him speechless.
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Bass Bench April 2020 homepage

Why Low-Impedance Pickups Could Benefit Your Bass Tone

March 13, 2020
Les Paul invented "low-z" pickups for clarity, but they can also extend the sonic range for low-enders.
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April 2020 - Staff Picks - homepage

Hidden Figures

March 11, 2020
Porridge Radio’s Dana Margolin, PG editors, and our Reader of the Month examine their underlying musical influences.
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Tone Tips String Gauge - homepage

Does String Gauge Really Matter? Of Course, But...

March 10, 2020
...There's a lot more to it than whether Billy Gibbons or SRV was "right."
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April 20 Last Call Acupuncture - homepage

Last Call: 6 Ways to Make Friends with Our Common Enemy—Mortality

March 9, 2020
John Bohlinger's tips for keeping your body and mind primed for playing well into your golden years.
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April 2020 State of the Stomp - homepage

How Pedal Buyers and Builders Can Help Save the Planet

March 5, 2020
Spurred by Australia’s wildfires, stompbox maker Aisha Loe (of Loe Sounds) takes a mindful look at effects and ecology.
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Acoustic Sounboard April 20 homepage

How Mass Production Has Improved Entry-Level Acoustics

March 3, 2020
Upscale options once reserved for boutique guitars are now within easy reach for just about any budget.
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Tuning Up

And the Award for Craziest New Pedal Goes To….

March 1, 2020
No, this isn’t an early April Fool’s post.
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Mod Garage Relic homepage

The DIY Relic Job—Fantasy or Reality?

February 28, 2020
Yes, it is possible to age your instrument. But there are pitfalls to avoid and techniques to master.
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Shecter PT homepage

Reader Guitar of the Month: Townshend Tribute

February 27, 2020
A reader gives a goldtop Schecter PT a new neck, hardware swaps, and two Duncan ’59 humbuckers wired for tonal variety.
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Silver and Black - homepage

How to Get Big Tones on Small Stages

February 25, 2020
Find the sweet spot between volume, sanity, and sonic happiness with classic-style Fender amps.
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This Colorful Aluminum-Neck Italian Guitar Foreshadowed the Psychedelic Era

February 24, 2020
The 1960 Wandré Rock Oval exemplifies its builder’s eye for the artistic and the original.
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Were the Good Ol’ Days Really That Good?

February 21, 2020
A realistic look at what it means to be successful for bassists, builders, and instrument shops in the 21st century.
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Esoterica

Jol Dantzig’s Esoterica Electrica: Fretboard Treatments Bound to Please

February 20, 2020
Fretboard edges might not be as sexy as tonewoods or inlays, but they play a vital role in a player’s relationship with a guitar.
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Meet Norma, the 6-String Prehistoric Raptor

February 19, 2020
She's got four pickups and a cornucopia of switches, dials, and pickups on her saber-toothed pickguard.
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How to Build a Flight-Friendly Pedalboard

February 17, 2020
It's not as obvious as you might think. Here are the questions you gotta ask when planning your travel rig.
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Tone Tips - March 20 - homepage

How to Stay Happy and Healthy on the Road

February 13, 2020
Sideman to the stars Pete Thorn shares his regimen for avoiding the pitfalls of touring.
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Acoustic Soundboard Torrefication - homepage

Would You Like Your Guitar Roasted, Toasted, or Baked?

February 12, 2020
Thermally modified tonewood goes by many marketing nicknames, but its effect on tone is still up for debate.
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Last Call-Hendrix

Last Call: Do We All Hate Our Own Guitar Playing?

February 10, 2020
Our inner critics constantly tell us we need to be better. Humble Hendrix knew that imperfection is part of the art equation.
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