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What’s in a Neck?

November 30, 2017
If you’re lucky, your guitar neck can feel as familiar and comfortable as an old pair of jeans, but there’s more to it than meets the eye. Discover the ABCs—make that the CUVs—of this crucial appendage.
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Guitar Pickups 101

August 7, 2017
Confused by terms like alnico, Formvar, and pole pieces? Dive into our primer to discover the history and technology behind the electric guitar’s most essential component.
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All About Speakers

July 19, 2017
Everything you need to know before diving into speaker swapping—one of the easiest, most impactful gear changes you could possibly make.
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Expression Pedal Basics: Take Control!

May 16, 2017
Get on the good foot and command a whole new sonic universe. Here are the how-tos and hacks you need to get started.
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Cult Coils: Lesser-Known Vintage Pickups

August 14, 2014
These six models boast fine tones and unique personalities, but they’ve never quite gotten their due.
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Boom Boxes: 5 Amps That Define the Music We Hear—and the Gear We Play

July 3, 2014
These game-changing amplifiers helped create the sounds of rock ’n’ roll.
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Unwound: Fishman Rethinks the Electric Guitar Pickup

January 13, 2014
Fluence, Fishman’s first line of electric guitar pickups, marks a radical departure from the traditional technology.
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A Brief History of Tremolo

October 10, 2013
Tremolo is as old as the human voice. But how and when did it become a guitar effect?
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How Tube Amps Work

July 15, 2013
From voltage conversion to capacitors, pentodes, and class A operation, we demystify the basics of tube-amp functionality.
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