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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.
Tone Tips: Planning Your Route

Tone Tips: Planning Your Route

July 9, 2019
Parallel versus series routing, and how your choice impacts your effects palette.
Last Call: Space Is Music, Too

Last Call: Space Is Music, Too

June 17, 2019
Think about playing guitar as a communication device in a larger conversation.
Tone Tips: Perhaps the Most Underrated Effect Pedal?

Tone Tips: Perhaps the Most Underrated Effect Pedal?

June 12, 2019
They’re typically simple affairs, but oh what a difference treble boosters can make.
Bass Bench: How Low Can You Really Go?

Bass Bench: How Low Can You Really Go?

June 7, 2019
The tube-vs.-solid-state debate lives on.
Tuning Up: Knowledge Is Not Like a Hamburger

Tuning Up: Knowledge Is Not Like a Hamburger

June 6, 2019
Holy smoke! How destiny can reveal itself in a riddle.
State of the Stomp: Advice, Tricks, and Treats

State of the Stomp: Advice, Tricks, and Treats

June 3, 2019
Our expert discloses a few secrets of life … and gear!
Tone Tips: Switch On, Tap Off

Tone Tips: Switch On, Tap Off

May 20, 2019
Just say no to expressive tap dancing—at least on or around your pedalboard.
Last Call: Find Your Purpose

Last Call: Find Your Purpose

May 19, 2019
If My Little Pony can make life more meaningful, why not playing guitar?
12 Things Guitar Techs Need to Know

12 Things Guitar Techs Need to Know

May 14, 2019
Whether you want to tech for a touring band, open a repair shop, or simply maintain your own instruments, there are important things to consider before stepping into the world of 6-string repair.
Russian Circles' Mike Sullivan: How I Create Live Loops

Russian Circles' Mike Sullivan: How I Create Live Loops

May 12, 2019
The instrumental-metal shaman demonstrates how he builds the bulldozing tones for "Mladek" onstage.
Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: An Exercise in Branding

Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: An Exercise in Branding

May 9, 2019
Do you love your guitar more or less than you love your guitar’s brand?