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Don Finan #1
Colorado reader Don Finan shares this check-bedecked beauty. “Meet ‘Mr. Nielsen,’ my tribute to Cheap Trick’s illustrious guitarist,” says Finan. “Mr. Nielsen started out as a broken and battered First Act guitar bought at a Goodwill store for $4.99. I stripped the original blue finish and painted the checkerboard design, threw in a Seymour Duncan Custom Custom pickup wired for single-coil or humbucking, installed new tuning machines, leveled the frets, made a new nut, and gave it a full setup. The result is a full-on rock machine that’s a blast to play.”

Throughout the year we collect stories and photos of guitar-mod projects created by you, our dear readers. Some are so inspiring that we include them here in our annual Hot Rod issue.

Catalinbread Element Series Overdrive, Distortion & Fuzz Demos PG Plays

Watch John Bohlinger test out the range and roar of these high-quality, sweet-spot boxes.

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All-new Artist-Series DynIR collection featuring 7 cabinets captured at MoonSun Studios in Laval, under veteran Capture Master, Andy Cherna (Diffusion Audio).
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Welcome back to Mod Garage. This month we’ll have a look at a special Stratocaster wiring that’s known as the Ricky King wiring. Born in 1946, Ricky King is a well-known German instrumental guitarist who was very popular in Europe during the ’70s and ’80s, with some top-charting hits like “Verde,” “Le Rêve,” “Mare,” and “Hale, Hey Louise.” King, whose real name is Hans Lingenfelder, was also famous for his “toothpaste smile” when performing. I don’t think Ricky King was very popular in the United States, but his personal Stratocaster wiring is an interesting one, so I think you’ll have fun with this.

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Sick of hauling hefty amps? Here are a handful of solid options.

Whether you need watts to power a real-life cab or just real-amp sounds, these stomps are guaranteed to make your next load-in a whole lot easier.

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