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Articles by Tom Hughes

Pedal Troubleshooting and Maintenance 101, Part 3

December 16, 2008
How to troubleshoot a noisy or troublesome pedal
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Troubleshooting & Maintenance 101, Part 2

November 11, 2008
Greetings pedal-happy tonemongers! Welcome back to Stomp School. This month, we’ll continue our discussion of basic troubleshooting and maintenance tips to help keep your pedal rig running smoothly. Most
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Pedal Troubleshooting & Maintenance 101

October 13, 2008
Greetings fellow pedal lovers of the world, welcome back to “Stomp School.” This month we’re going back to basics with some simple troubleshooting and maintenance tips that will keep your
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The Truth About Bypass, Pt. 2

September 9, 2008
Another edition of "Stomp School," this time the boys talk about vintage fuzzes and wah pedals
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The Truth About Bypass, Pt. 1

August 15, 2008
An explanation of true bypass and true bypass switching.
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The Influence of Analog Synthesis on the Stompbox

July 10, 2008
Greetings fellow tone freaks and gear geeks, and welcome to another exciting installment of “Stomp School.” This month we’ll be discussing how early synthesizer design has influenced a lot
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Stompbox Classics: Mu-Tron III

June 10, 2008
Welcome back to Stomp School. This month, we’ll conclude our “Stompbox Classics” series with the biggest, baddest, funkiest envelope filter of all-time – the Mu-Tron III. Debuting in 1972,
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Stompbox Classics: A/DA Flanger

May 12, 2008
History of the A/DA Flanger
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Stompbox Classics: Univibe

April 9, 2008
Welcome to our second installment of Stompbox Classics here at Stomp School. This month we’ll take an in-depth look at the legendary Univibe. Made famous by the likes of
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Stompbox Classics: Fuzz Face

March 11, 2008
Greetings, students of stomp. The next few installments of “Stomp School” will be dedicated to discussing the most iconic and influential pedals of all time. In most cases these
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Effects Modifications: Concepts and Philosophy

February 8, 2008
Greetings, all ye pedalheads! This month we’re going to discuss our take on effects modifications. Most players these days are at least aware of the availability of effects mods
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A Short History of DIY Effects

January 9, 2008
Greetings, fellow pedalphiles! This month we’re going to discuss do-it-yourself effects and their influence on the current stomp scene. Pedals are more popular now than ever before, but this wasn’t
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Five Pedals You Must Try Before You Die!

November 9, 2007
Greetings fellow students of stomp; this month we’re going to have a little fun with our list of pedals you must try before you die. Please note that the
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Myth Busters, Stomp School Edition, Pt. 2

September 10, 2007
This month we continue to bust some rampant pedal myths. Let’s get started. --> Myth: TS9s with no “CE” mark on the label are originals. The original Ibanez TS9 Tube
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Myth Busters, Stomp School Edition

August 8, 2007
Breaking down some pedal folklore.
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The Golden Age of Tone

July 11, 2007
Simplicity and Sophisticated Choices
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The Effects of RoHS Compliance

June 12, 2007
Today is the greatest time in history to be a guitarist.
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The First Day of School

May 14, 2007
We’re going to take this space that PG has given us to discuss our favorite topic, and the favorite topic of nearly every guitarist today – tone!
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