A Leslie West devotee turned an '80s "pointy" guitar into a more playable companion with a hand-painted homage to his hero.

Name: Mike Murphy
Hometown: Tavares, Florida
Guitar: Flying Star

I've been building/modifying guitars for over 50 years. With the recent passing of guitar legend Leslie West (of Mountain fame), who was one of my greatest influences, I thought this might be of interest to your readers.

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Our columnist shares the devices and materials needed to do some of his favorite guitar maintenance tricks.

The problem with giving advice is that there are many different approaches to everything, and usually more than one "right" answer. With my five decades of taking guitars apart, and sometimes putting them back together, I take a lot of stuff for granted, and I admit that I'm still learning. But ignoring all that, I'll just forge ahead and share the inexpensive tools and materials needed to do some of my favorite little tricks.

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A twisted look at how to up the twang factor on your next solo.

Intermediate

Beginner

  • Develop a more intervallic approach to double-stops
  • Create ear-twisting, tension-filled solos.
  • Understand how to imply chords with only a few notes.
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In this lesson, we are going to cover a super important and very common technique. Double-stops are one of the pillars for defining a country guitar sound. I'll break down ways to approach this technique from an intervallic standpoint. If you feel it will require too much theory, don't worry… we won't go down that rabbit hole very far.

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La Luz's Shana Cleveland and Lena Simon | The Big 5

The surf-rock duo hams it up about "November Rain" and "snake charming," and pays tribute to the Wrecking Crew's First Lady of low end.

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Maestro's smooth, stylish PS-1 inspires a simple and unique vintage-voiced analog phaser.

Great digital approximations of the Maestro PS-1's smooth, distinctive voice. Open, airy tonality. Nice combo of transparency and distinctive character.

No ramping between speeds.

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Mojo Hand FX Mister-O Phaser Shifter
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Though enormous and limited by modern standards, the original Maestro PS-1 (created by Tom Oberheim in 1971) is the very picture of pedal design elegance. It's also one of the most swirlingly smooth phase circuits to ever exist.

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Lindsey Buckingham's new album, which bears his name, is a perfect reflection of him as an artist: contemplative and complex, but also direct in its lyric poetry and melodic heart, and full of fire.

The fingerstyle rock icon talks about the power of layering clean-toned guitars, direct recording, crafting arrangements, and the lessons of survival—all part of his first new solo album in a decade.

Lindsey Buckingham's career has seen the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. On one hand, it's full of classic albums, multiple Grammy awards, and his membership in one of the most legendary rock bands ever—and, thus, in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame—as well as a successful solo career spanning four decades. Yet it's his breakups, firings, and Fleetwood Mac's inter-band turmoil that people often focus on. And, as you'll soon read, the drama continues.

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