Night Beats guitarist Danny Lee Blackwell joins PG editors and our reader of the month in sharing strange experiences from the online gear market.

Q: What was your weirdest Craigslist/online gear purchase experience?
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Don't be scared of diminished scales.



• Understand the mechanics of the half-whole diminished scale.

• Use basic triads to break from the fear of symmetrical sounds.

• Learn how to use bebop phrasing with wide intervallic leaps.

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It's nearly impossible to improvise over a tune without hitting a dominant chord. They are ubiquitous in rock, pop, jazz, country, and nearly every other type of Western music. I'm sure you've heard the phrase about how all music is based around tension and release? Well, I want to teach out how to make the tension cooler and the release more musically satisfying.

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Arielle: The Big 5

The folk-blues artist explains why a B.C. Rich Warlock and a former Scorpion loom large in her guitar universe.

The ōPik is a standard humbucker-sized optical pickup with unique features like digital control and light-source cancelling. It's designed as a direct replacement for magnetic pickups.

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How light-sensitive pickups could replace your instrument's standard magnetic humbuckers—no routing required.

As mentioned in last month's column, "Let There Be Light in Your Tone," there are more ways to optically sense a string's motion than to just analyze a shade's dance on a photoresistor.

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The PG Dawner Prince Pulse review.

Deep, thick, luxurious rotary simulations—particularly in stereo. Super intuitive and easy to use.

Side mounted output gain pots are useful but awkward to access.


Dawner Prince Pulse


When you think about David Gilmour's guitar sounds, you tend to think of big Hiwatts, creamy Big Muff or blazing Fuzz Face tones, and Echorec delays bouncing infinitely off the columns of Roman amphitheaters.

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Rig Rundown - Aaron Lee Tasjan

The Nashvillian's interstellar pop rock soars on the backs of a futuristic 12-string, a Gibson-Fender hybrid, and a "new" pedal that makes "old" sounds.

Aaron Lee Tasjan's metamorphosis from solid sideman (New York Dolls, Alberta Cross, Drivin' n' Cryin' and Everest) to a modernistic '70s-revivalist, psych-pop, songwriting frontman has been a thrilling transformation.

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