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TuningUp-FEAT

Tuning Up: The Tube That’ll Save Your Amp “Marriage”

July 24, 2019
You’re missing out if you haven’t explored the tone-rich world beyond 12AX7s.
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Wizard of Odd: Sekova Grecian

July 22, 2019
An axe with an interestingly quirky pickup that gives new meaning to “take the stairs.”
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Aug19_AcousticSoundboard

Acoustic Soundboard: High-Tension Wires

July 21, 2019
Did you know acoustic-string composition requires an intricate balancing act to achieve accurate pitch?
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Aug19_LastCall

Last Call: Live, Without a Net

July 16, 2019
Take time to pick the strawberries.
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Aug19_ToneTips

Tone Tips: Planning Your Route

July 9, 2019
Parallel versus series routing, and how your choice impacts your effects palette.
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Aug19_DimesandDangerous

Dimed and Dangerous: The Gentle Brute’s Guide to Troubleshooting

July 8, 2019
Don’t be afraid to use some carefully applied force to get results—on vintage Teles or funky tubes.
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Aug19_BassBench

Bass Bench: Sonic Purity and Amp Topology

July 4, 2019
Is it okay to judge an amplifier by its class?
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Aug19_EsotericaElectrica

Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: When Uncool Becomes Cool

July 1, 2019
Grading the hip factor of rig components for those who cannot remember the past.
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Aug19_ModGarage

Mod Garage: Make a DIY Electrolysis Bath

June 28, 2019
Rust begone! You’re no match for this homemade cleaning tool.
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Vintage Vault: 1961 Fender Stratocaster

June 25, 2019
It was the Jazzmaster’s year in sales, but the Strat stood strong.
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Question and Obsession: Needle Drop

June 24, 2019
Adam “Schmeeans” Smirnoff of Lettuce joins us in picking the top records to put on when hosting a party.
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Jul19_DimedandDangerous

Dimed & Dangerous: That’s My Sound, Man!

June 20, 2019
In a new band? Here’s how to fit in sonically—and do it in style.
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Jul19_LastCall

Last Call: Space Is Music, Too

June 17, 2019
Think about playing guitar as a communication device in a larger conversation.
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Jul19_EsotericaElectrica

Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Guitar Stuff that Works

June 10, 2019
In this age of landfill-bound goods, it’s refreshing that guitars still continue to buck that trend.
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Jul19_BottomFeeder

Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Gibson Music City Jr.

June 9, 2019
Trading for a P-90-powered prize.
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Jul19_BassBench

Bass Bench: How Low Can You Really Go?

June 7, 2019
The tube-vs.-solid-state debate lives on.
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Jul19-Andy-FEAT2

Tuning Up: Knowledge Is Not Like a Hamburger

June 6, 2019
Holy smoke! How destiny can reveal itself in a riddle.
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Jul19_StateoftheStomp

State of the Stomp: Advice, Tricks, and Treats

June 3, 2019
Our expert discloses a few secrets of life … and gear!
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Jul19_ModGarage

Mod Garage: The Blender 7-Sound Stratocaster

May 31, 2019
A virtually infinite palette of Strat tones at your fingertips? You bet.
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Vintage Vault: 1958 Gibson Les Paul Standard “Byrd” Burst

May 28, 2019
Spotlighting a “player grade” classic.
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