March 2019

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Dimed & Dangerous: Listen Up—With Your Ears and Your Gut

Dimed & Dangerous: Listen Up—With Your Ears and Your Gut

March 1, 2019
Practice the art of assessing sound—and character.
Signal to Noise: Are Handwired Amps Superior to PCB-Based Designs?

Signal to Noise: Are Handwired Amps Superior to PCB-Based Designs?

February 8, 2019
Amps with printed circuit boards often get a bad rap, yet that’s not always justified.
Dimed & Dangerous: Amps, Pedals, and Pizza Delivery

Dimed & Dangerous: Amps, Pedals, and Pizza Delivery

January 18, 2019
The internet can lead to great discoveries, but so can delivering pizza on a dark and stormy night.
Signal to Noise: The Brown Sound

Signal to Noise: The Brown Sound

January 11, 2019
How did EVH achieve his signature tone?
Dimed & Dangerous: Preamp Tubes—Little Bottles, Big Sounds

Dimed & Dangerous: Preamp Tubes—Little Bottles, Big Sounds

December 21, 2018
Obey the law—Ohm’s Law, that is—and avoid tube burnout!
Signal to Noise: Demystifying the Tube Rectifier

Signal to Noise: Demystifying the Tube Rectifier

December 16, 2018
Exactly how does this glowing bottle affect your tone?
Dimed & Dangerous: So Many Tubes, So Little Time

Dimed & Dangerous: So Many Tubes, So Little Time

November 23, 2018
Thinking about a tube swap? Here are four factors to consider.
Signal to Noise: Glass Inside—Handle with Care?

Signal to Noise: Glass Inside—Handle with Care?

November 15, 2018
Let’s debunk some myths about tube reliability.
Dimed & Dangerous: A Day in the Life

Dimed & Dangerous: A Day in the Life

October 25, 2018
How our columnist lives the dream of being an amp designer.
Dimed & Dangerous: Solving Occupational Hazards

Dimed & Dangerous: Solving Occupational Hazards

October 4, 2018
Lessons from the gigging guitarist’s handbook.
Dimed & Dangerous: How Bright Caps Shape Tone

Dimed & Dangerous: How Bright Caps Shape Tone

August 31, 2018
Discover the sound-sculpting properties of bright caps and how to tame treble acoustically.
Signal to Noise: Slave to the Sound

Signal to Noise: Slave to the Sound

August 15, 2018
Explore the reactive load box and the role it plays in reamplification.
Anatomy of an Amp Cab

Anatomy of an Amp Cab

July 13, 2018
It may not be the sexiest part of your rig, but the speaker enclosure plays a crucial role in the signal chain. Here’s what’s going on inside.
Ask Amp Man: A Fond Farewell

Ask Amp Man: A Fond Farewell

June 4, 2018
Our beloved Amp Man signs off after 13 years of answering readers’ questions from under the hood.
Ask Amp Man: Adding Gain to a Tired Regal R-1160

Ask Amp Man: Adding Gain to a Tired Regal R-1160

May 11, 2018
Transforming a vintage pedal platform into a powerful player.
Ask Amp Man: Tone Tweaks for a Carvin Series III X

Ask Amp Man: Tone Tweaks for a Carvin Series III X

April 6, 2018
Bolstering an amp that boogied its way alongside the ’80s competition from Petaluma.
Ask Amp Man: Revisiting the Dawn of the Sundown Artist

Ask Amp Man: Revisiting the Dawn of the Sundown Artist

March 20, 2018
An ’80s amp that displays the singular perspective of player/builder Dennis Kager, with multiple effects loops and unique tricks.
Ask Amp Man: Flat-Tire Fixes

Ask Amp Man: Flat-Tire Fixes

January 18, 2018
Amp failed on the gig? Here’s what to check before panicking.
Ask Amp Man: Positively Negative Feedback

Ask Amp Man: Positively Negative Feedback

January 4, 2018
Wanna shake up an old Fender? Try modding the negative feedback loop.
Speaker Geeks: Got a New Speaker? Show It Some Love

Speaker Geeks: Got a New Speaker? Show It Some Love

December 25, 2017
As with all things guitar, a little patience can yield big dividends.