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Articles by Pete Thorn

Tone Tips: Guitar in the Social-Media Era

December 10, 2017
Love it or hate it, tech is part of the guitar universe and here to stay, so make it work for you—not against you.
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Tone Tips: Effecting the Future

November 6, 2017
Scratching the surface of an eternal question for guitarists: What is left to discover in the guitar-effect universe?
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Tone Tips: The Nitty-Gritty on Running Clean

August 15, 2017
Dialing in the perfect distortion or overdrive can be intoxicating, but a killer clean tone can be just as fun.
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Tone Tips: Ask Doctor Pete, Part 3

April 13, 2017
Our resident tone specialist takes on questions about reverb, metal-appropriate overdrives, and selecting a pedal-friendly tube amp.
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Tone Tips: The Two-Way Street of Endorsements

March 27, 2017
Pete Thorn answers readers' questions on the changing world of gear-sponsorship deals
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Tone Tips: The Power of Plug-Ins

December 20, 2016
Do you want to do the impossible in the studio? There’s an app for that.
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Tone Tips: Gear Doesn’t Matter … Except When It Does

November 27, 2016
Before searching out gear to find your tone, take inventory of what you already have.
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Tone Tips: A Crash Course on Buffers

October 31, 2016
Preserve your core tone by strategically placing a buffer in your signal chain.
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Tone Tips: Echo and the Dirty Amp

October 3, 2016
Pedal order does matter, but cool things can happen when you buck the norm.
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Tone Tips: Make Your Move

August 16, 2016
Location may be more important in music than it is in real estate.
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Tone Tips: Hangin' with Muhammad Ali and POTUS

July 21, 2016
Beyond the obvious perks, playing guitar for a living can lead to some seriously amazing brushes with both famous and regular, everyday people.
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Tone Tips: The Power of Intuitive Thinking

June 28, 2016
Your chops and attitude might be fantastic, but a high degree of intuition is just as important for taking things to the next level.
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Tone Tips: Keeping It Simple

May 24, 2016
If your pedalboard weighs more than you do, maybe it’s time to think about simplifying your rig.
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Tone Tips: Ask Doctor Pete, Part 2

April 20, 2016
Tips on blending delay with overdrive, HSS Strat wiring, improving picking technique, and more.
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Tone Tips: Hands vs. Gear?

January 13, 2016
Does a great guitar sound originate in a player’s hands, gear, or both?
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Tone Tips: Modelers vs. Traditional Rigs, Part 2

December 23, 2015
You can keep some tradition and still take advantage of what modeling has to offer.
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Tone Tips: Modelers vs. Traditional Rigs

October 15, 2015
To model, or not to model? That depends on what type of player you are.
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Tone Tips: Dialing in Your Gear for Great Sound

June 1, 2015
Some easy tricks for coaxing primo timbres from your guitars, amps, and pedals.
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Tone Tips: Put Yourself Out There

January 4, 2015
Who says playing air guitar can’t lead to a career as a professional musician?
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Tone Tips: All About Monitoring

October 15, 2014
In-ears or wedges? Here’s how to get the best from both onstage.
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