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Does it bug you to lose treble when you roll back the guitar volume? Here are three solutions to that problem.

Passive single-coil pickup systems have an inherent sonic idiosyncrasy: When you turn down the volume—even just a bit—the high-end loss is not proportionate to the volume reduction. In other words, a small cut in volume creates a far greater drop in your guitar's treble response. This is true of the Stratocaster and Telecaster, as well as many other popular models, so I'm sure you're familiar with it.

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Emily Wolfe lets loose, with an Epiphone Sheraton around her shoulders. Her signature Sheraton Stealth was released in 2021. "The guitar is the perfect frequency range for my soul," she says.

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The rising guitar star blends classic and stoner rock, Motown, and more influences with modern pop flourishes in songs replete with fat, fuzzy, fizzy tones from her new Epiphone Sheraton signature.

For so many artists, the return of live shows means the return of the thrill of performing, much-needed income, and, in a way, purpose. The third definitely goes for guitarist Emily Wolfe, who, when asked about her goals, immediately responds, "I just want to play arenas every night for the rest of my life. When I go up there, something could hit me at any point—an emotion that I felt 10 years ago could come out in a bend on the low E."

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Why I Built This: Cowbrand Design’s Michael King

Cowbrand Design’s Michael King on how retro space-age aesthetics, motorcycle maintenance, and Chicago-built blues guitars inform his unique takes on the 6-string.

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