Guitar highlights from the farm, which may be the most eclectic musical experience out there.

It started in 2002 and quickly earned a reputation among jam-band enthusiasts, but now in the 14th year of Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, even the artists who play it can’t help proclaiming it the “best music festival in America.” The hundreds of acts encompass all genres, but so do the events, which for 2015 included a big-screen showing of the Game of Thrones finale, appearances from celebs like Jon Hamm, Zach Galifianakis, and other comedians, and lots of boob painting and bare skin.

But it’s about music, right? About 80,000 enthusiasts descended on the storied farm in Manchester, Tennessee, becoming inhabitants of the Roo—aka “Bonnaruvians”—for a while. And while there were so many great musical moments during these four days of sonic freedom and escape, for our purposes we focus on a 6-string perspective among the selfie sticks, free hugs, and $1,500 Uber helicopter rides.

It’s not difficult to replace the wiring in your pickups, but it takes some finesse. Here’s a step-by-step guide.

Hello and welcome back to Mod Garage. After numerous requests, this month we’ll have a closer look at changing wires on a single-coil pickup. As our guinea pig for this, I chose a standard Stratocaster single-coil, but it’s basically the same on all single-coil pickups and easy to transfer. It’s not complicated but it is a delicate task to not destroy your pickup during this process, and there are some things you should keep in mind.

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The emotional wallop of the acoustic guitar sometimes flies under the radar. Even if you mostly play electric, here are some things to consider about unplugging.

I have a love-hate relationship with acoustic guitars. My infatuation with the 6-string really blasted off with the Ventures. That’s the sound I wanted, and the way to get it was powered by electricity. Before I’d even held a guitar, I knew I wanted a Mosrite, which I was sure was made of fiberglass like the surfboards the Beach Boys, Surfaris, and the Challengers rode in their off time. Bristling with space-age switchgear and chrome-plated hardware, those solidbody hotrod guitars were the fighter jets of my musical dreams. I didn’t even know what those old-timey round-hole guitars were called. As the singing cowboys Roy Rogers and Gene Autrey strummed off into the sunset, the pace of technology pushed the look and sound of the electric guitar (and bass) into the limelight and into my heart. Imagine my disappointment when I had to begin my guitar tutelage on a rented Gibson “student” acoustic. At least it sort of looked like the ones the Beatles occasionally played. Even so, I couldn’t wait to trade it in.

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Need an affordable distortion pedal? Look no further.

We live in the golden age of boutique pedals that are loaded with advanced features—many of which were nearly unthinkable a decade or so ago. But there’s something that will always be valuable about a rock-solid dirt box that won’t break your wallet. Here’s a collection of old classics and newly designed stomps that cost less than an average concert ticket.

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