December 2019

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Last Call: Will Sell Out, Make Offer

Last Call: Will Sell Out, Make Offer

November 19, 2019
The dichotomy of artistic freedom and selling out, and the difference between making a living and making a life.
State of the Stomp: Do I Need a Loop Switcher on My Pedalboard?

State of the Stomp: Do I Need a Loop Switcher on My Pedalboard?

November 18, 2019
Tone suck or lifesaver? Here’s how to decide if you can bear the cost—both economic and sonic—of this fancy technology.
Tuning Up: Satan, Schmatan—All Hail Gorgoroth!

Tuning Up: Satan, Schmatan—All Hail Gorgoroth!

November 7, 2019
Yes, their shtick/supposed beliefs are silly, but the Norwegian black metal vets are some of the most legit song crafters in heavy music.
Silver and Black: Tips for Buying Vintage Fender Amps

Silver and Black: Tips for Buying Vintage Fender Amps

November 5, 2019
The literal ins and outs of getting the right amp at the right price.
Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Fretboard Follies

Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Fretboard Follies

November 4, 2019
Feeling good about your setup always means feeling better about your guitar.
State of the Stomp: Give It to Me Straight

State of the Stomp: Give It to Me Straight

October 22, 2019
When experimenting, keep your endgame in mind.
Tone Tips: Don’t Lose the Spark

Tone Tips: Don’t Lose the Spark

October 21, 2019
Inspired while on the road? These devices can help.
Last Call: Following Van Halen on a Quest for Power Control

Last Call: Following Van Halen on a Quest for Power Control

October 17, 2019
Early on, Eddie discovered Variacs allowed him to adjust the electrical voltage output to his amps. Here’s a way to do it if you’re on a budget.
Tuning Up: Are We Doomed to Be “Inbred” Bores?

Tuning Up: Are We Doomed to Be “Inbred” Bores?

October 9, 2019
CAUTION: 24/7-guitar-nerd mentality can spectacularly backfire.
Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Jump Start

Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Jump Start

October 7, 2019
Recharging your creative battery can be a simple affair.
State of the Stomp: Thinking Three-Dimensionally

State of the Stomp: Thinking Three-Dimensionally

September 30, 2019
Build a genuine relationship with your amp and your pedals.
Tuning Up: For Those Feeling Like an Unmade Bed

Tuning Up: For Those Feeling Like an Unmade Bed

September 17, 2019
A shout-out of solidarity (and thanks) for those suffering through life’s not-so-cool fits of shrieking fuzz.
Last Call: Sing for Your Gig

Last Call: Sing for Your Gig

September 16, 2019
Why should you be singing? It will help your career, plus it feels good.
Last Call: Close Your Eyes, Be Transported

Last Call: Close Your Eyes, Be Transported

August 20, 2019
Put on the blinders, focus inward, and tap into the moment.
Tuning Up: Let It Ride (or “What NAMM Can Teach Us About TB”)

Tuning Up: Let It Ride (or “What NAMM Can Teach Us About TB”)

August 11, 2019
A double-entendre-laced love letter to road trips and gear shows.
Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Brand New Plan

Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Brand New Plan

July 31, 2019
When things go off course, pros turn creative.
State of the Stomp: When the Freak Becomes Your Friend

State of the Stomp: When the Freak Becomes Your Friend

July 26, 2019
Don’t just embrace chaos—court it! And sonically leave the planet.
Dial It In: Swapping Tubes

Dial It In: Swapping Tubes

July 23, 2019
Fine-tune your tube amp’s gain structure and headroom by experimenting with preamp and phase-inverter tubes.
Last Call: Live, Without a Net

Last Call: Live, Without a Net

July 16, 2019
Take time to pick the strawberries.