Read the September 2018 Issue

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Trash or Treasure: Les Paul’s Artisan

March 5, 2018
Is there greater value associated with a vintage Les Paul that was previously owned by Les Paul? Um….
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Mod Garage: How to Shield Single-Coil Pickup Covers

March 2, 2018
Can you get benefits of shielding without sacrificing high-frequency shimmer? Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Why We Buy Multiple Guitars

March 1, 2018
For some amassers of guitars, there might be more to it than simply G.A.S. and conspicuous consumption.
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On Bass: Leaving Well Enough Alone

February 27, 2018
The next time you’re out shopping for a new bass, remember that not getting precisely what you paid for can be a good thing.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Chasing the Inventive Dream Files, Part 1

February 26, 2018
“Hey, have you seen anything new and cool?” is a popular conversation starter at NAMM. But there are myriad inventions that don’t make it into these conversations or onto the show floor.
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Bass Bench: Dead Strings ... Revive or Replace?

February 23, 2018
Learn how to reclaim “new string tone”—at least temporarily.
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Last Call: Be Where You Belong

February 22, 2018
Sometimes you must face—and embrace—Father Time.
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Vintage Vault: 1967 Gibson Trini Lopez Standard

February 21, 2018
A vintage signature model benefits from “the Grohl Effect.”
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Mod Garage: The Sound of Silence

February 14, 2018
Here’s how to adapt the cool humbucker coil-splitting scheme found in Fender’s Select Carved Top Jazzmaster to your guitar.
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Staff Picks: Box of Rocks

February 12, 2018
Guitarists can be pretty out there! Matthew Stubbs joins PG staffers in choosing one pedal to represent their inner psyche.
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Bass Bench: The Mystery of Aging Strings

February 11, 2018
What causes our strings to lose their upper frequencies over time?
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Tuning Up: Mattress Practice (Not As Tawdry As It Sounds)

February 8, 2018
How mental woodshedding can lead to better tones, riffs, songs, and … sleep?
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Wizard of Odd: “Tiki Mask” Prestige Electrics

February 5, 2018
What was up with instrument design in 1968? Far-out, dude.
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Tools for the Task: Ring Modulators

February 2, 2018
Take a walk on the wild side—or an interesting float trip through deep space—with the dark magic of a ring modulator.
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The Recording Guitarist: The Match Game

February 2, 2018
You can’t steal someone else’s audio. But you can swipe their EQ.
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On Bass: Low-End Life Hacks, Part 2

January 31, 2018
Even good habits can be hard to break, but if you occasionally try, you might discover a better bass modus operandi.
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Tone Tips: Curing Tone Issues with Practice

January 23, 2018
Practicing is a good thing, but practicing more effectively may reap rewards faster.
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State of the Stomp: Will Analog Die?

January 22, 2018
What if we live in a simulation—a digital emulation of the world?
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: The Mighty Icebreaker

January 21, 2018
At a party where someone is playing guitar for people in one corner and someone is playing with their phone on social media in another, which person is more social?
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Reader Guitar of the Month: Vox Phantom XII

January 19, 2018
A PG fan refurbishes a prized but climate-damaged 12-string he’s owned for more than 50 years.
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