November 2018

Articles by Rich Osweiler

SNAMM '18 - Grez Guitars Mendocino Baritone Demo

June 28, 2018
Guitarist R.J. Ronquillo jams on the extended-scale version of Grez's award-winning 6-string.
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Tools for the Task: Open-Gear Tuners

June 18, 2018
Ten open-gear tuner options to dress your acoustic for success, simply or ornately.
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Quick Hit: Fishman Loudbox Mini Charge

June 8, 2018
To misquote Timothy Leary: “Cut the cord, turn on, play wherever you want.”
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Quick Hit: Ampeg Opto Comp

May 21, 2018
Three knobs and an optical circuit brew up mellow analog compression that fills out tone rather than choking it.
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Tools for the Task: Tune-o-matic-Style Bridges

May 18, 2018
Cross the bridge to a simple and effective guitar makeover by upgrading your axe’s string-supporting infrastructure.
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Tools for the Task: Vintage-Voiced P-Bass Pickups

April 16, 2018
Give a P-style bass new life with an old-school sound by swapping in a set of vintage-flavored pickups.
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Quick Hit: Darkglass Electronics Alpha·Omicron

April 2, 2018
Double the pleasure and double the fun, with two separate bass-distortion engines in a stealthy, workhorse pedal.
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Tools for the Task: Clean Boosts

March 16, 2018
Simple, yes, but a clean-boost pedal like the 10 here can do a lot more than a simple bump in dBs.
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Quick Hit: Peterson StroboClip HD

February 26, 2018
This sleek clip-on makes easy work of precise strobe tuning for any stringed instrument.
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Buffalo Tom: “Lonely Fast and Deep” Song Premiere

February 9, 2018
Seasoned and wiser, one of Boston’s finest early indie bands proves it hasn’t lost its step.
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Quick Hit: Guild Jumbo Junior Bass

February 4, 2018
An acoustic bass that’s easy to transport, has big tones, is well constructed, and priced right.
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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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Quick Hit: Vox Adio Air BS

January 7, 2018
A compact and suave bass amp with a Vox full of useful goods inside.
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Tools for the Task: ABY Boxes

January 5, 2018
Open up a world of routing options by getting to know the ABCs of ABYs.
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Quick Hit: Traveler Guitar LTD EC-1

December 11, 2017
If you’re burned out on TSA hassles or have even given up on traveling with a guitar, here’s a way to fret more and fret less at the same time.
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Tools for the Task: Micro Amps

December 6, 2017
Ten very little amps that won’t blow any doors down, but might inspire more practice.
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Tools for the Task: Volume Pedals

November 12, 2017
Ten volume pedal options aimed at making guitarists feel swell.
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Quick Hit: Fluid Audio Strum Buddy

November 2, 2017
Look ma! There’s an amp on my guitar!
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Tools for the Task: Filter’Tron-style Pickups

October 8, 2017
Ten modern-day pickups aimed at delivering the classic Filter’Tron sound.
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Quick Hit: Korg AW-LT100B

September 28, 2017
A lightweight, accurate, easy-to-read tuner made specifically for bassists.
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