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Dimed and Dangerous: The Gentle Brute’s Guide to Troubleshooting

Dimed and Dangerous: The Gentle Brute’s Guide to Troubleshooting

July 8, 2019
Don’t be afraid to use some carefully applied force to get results—on vintage Teles or funky tubes.
Dimed & Dangerous: That’s My Sound, Man!

Dimed & Dangerous: That’s My Sound, Man!

June 20, 2019
In a new band? Here’s how to fit in sonically—and do it in style.
Signal to Noise: Current Affairs

Signal to Noise: Current Affairs

May 22, 2019
Discover how a critical difference between a self-contained guitar amp and a component rack system affects dynamic response and feel.
Bass Bench: Parsing Power Ratings

Bass Bench: Parsing Power Ratings

May 10, 2019
What do these numbers really mean and can you trust them?
Dimed & Dangerous: The Joy and Heartbreak of DIY Amp Building, Part 2

Dimed & Dangerous: The Joy and Heartbreak of DIY Amp Building, Part 2

April 26, 2019
Can your amp take the heat—literally?
Dimed & Dangerous: The Joy and Heartbreak of DIY Amp Building

Dimed & Dangerous: The Joy and Heartbreak of DIY Amp Building

April 12, 2019
A tale of filter chokes, rectifiers, 60-cycle hum, and the perils of self-navigation.
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.