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Guitars from Thin Air

Guitars from Thin Air

April 15, 2013
Imagining and drawing an instrument is only the beginning. You have to make sure that it will physically work. Shapes that look great on paper can be impractical to replicate in the real world.
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Staff Picks: Heavy Lifting

Staff Picks: Heavy Lifting

April 15, 2013
We let our hair down this month to ponder our weapons of choice as would-be metal gods.
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Telecaster Obsession

Telecaster Obsession

April 15, 2013
Let’s review our Tele history and get some insights from one of the best Tele masters alive, Greg Koch.
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The Road Guitarist's Studio

Tone Tips: The Road Guitarist's Studio

April 15, 2013
This month, we’re going to focus on mic’ing guitar cabinets in the studio, but keep in mind that much of the info can be applied to the stage as well.
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Nels Cline’s 5 Essential Effects

Nels Cline’s 5 Essential Effects

April 9, 2013
The self-proclaimed pedal geek lists his faves in five categories.
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Help for an Ailing Univox U1040

Help for an Ailing Univox U1040

March 11, 2013
A local shop got it to pass signal and technically function, but with four power tubes, some big-bruiser transformers, and a rating of 105 watts, I was expecting more.
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The Two-Pickup Esquire Wiring

The Two-Pickup Esquire Wiring

March 11, 2013
Also called the “Broadcaster blend circuit,” this wiring is the transition circuit between the single-pickup Esquire and the Telecaster with its well-known dual-pickup configuration.
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The Importance of Being Social, Pt. 2

The Importance of Being Social, Pt. 2

March 11, 2013
In today’s world, communicating online (rather than actually speaking on the phone or in person) is certainly the norm rather than the exception, but there is still a twinge of the old soul inside of me that craves the old way.
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Standards of the Industry

Standards of the Industry

March 11, 2013
With the availability of standard parts like the potentiometers shown here, along with today’s CNC technology, are most modern-day guitars actually built, or are they really just assembled?
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Staff Picks: Anytime, Anywhere

Staff Picks: Anytime, Anywhere

March 11, 2013
We asked PG readers to share the strangest places you’ve played guitar, and the responses were hilarious, endearing, and disturbing (yes, apparently “on the can” is normal).
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Hitting the Note (Can Musicians Read Minds?)

Hitting the Note (Can Musicians Read Minds?)

March 11, 2013
For musicians, sensing what other players will do is not uncommon—mysterious, ESP-ish surprises occur often during a good jam.
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Understanding Frets and Fret Wear

Understanding Frets and Fret Wear

March 11, 2013
The condition of your frets will determine how well your guitar plays.
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Keep Calm and Carry On: Staying Cool Under Pressure

Keep Calm and Carry On: Staying Cool Under Pressure

March 11, 2013
In the grand scheme of things, the most important thing to remember is that when people come to see you play, they are on your side.
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What's the Rush?

What's the Rush?

February 4, 2013
Has anyone tracked more mind-blowing, finger-crippling solos than Brent Mason? Photo by Ariel Ellis Just before Thanksgiving, I lead the band for The Scotty McCreery and Friends Christmas Special
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The Ultra-Flexible Esquire Wiring, PT. 2

The Ultra-Flexible Esquire Wiring, PT. 2

February 4, 2013
Last month, we began a special project: We wanted to squeeze as many useable sounds as possible from a single-pickup Esquire [“The Ultra-flexible Esquire Wiring, Pt. 1,” February 2013]. And
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Adding an Extension Cab to a Fender Combo

Adding an Extension Cab to a Fender Combo

February 4, 2013
Fender’s reissue ’65 Princeton Reverb includes a 10” Jensen C-10R, a long-spring reverb tank, a pair of 6V6 power tubes, and a 5AR4 rectifier tube. Photo courtesy of Fender
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Fighting the Humidity Battle

Fighting the Humidity Battle

February 4, 2013
Have you ever wondered why your guitar plays great one day, yet feels completely different on another?
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Private Domain: The Sound Ethics Laboratory

Private Domain: The Sound Ethics Laboratory

February 4, 2013
Today’s increasingly sophisticated technology is making it easier and easier to identically duplicate the sound of a particular manufacturer’s instrument, amp, or effect. Once cloned, who then really owns
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Addressing Home-Studio Hums

February 4, 2013
I’ve received a flurry of questions from readers lately, so for this month’s column, I thought I’d share my responses to a handful of them in hopes that we can
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How Should You Record?

How Should You Record?

January 9, 2013
When considering using a commercial studio versus a home studio, you have to weigh the benefits and costs.
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