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It’s Art, Dude, Not Sports

It’s Art, Dude, Not Sports

January 1, 2020
Pete Thorn on that time when the need for a raw, emotional connection kicked vapid, self-indulgent music to the curb.
Why Do So Many Posers Play “Offset” Guitars?

Why Do So Many Posers Play “Offset” Guitars?

December 31, 2019
True or False: To distract from the fact that they couldn’t play their way out of a paper bag.
The World Is What We Make It, So Make it Something Good

The World Is What We Make It, So Make it Something Good

December 29, 2019
Oliver Ackermann (Death By Audio, A Place to Bury Strangers) shares his mantra for better music, better pedals, and a better life.
Jol Dantzig’s Esoterica Electrica: Why I Don’t Like Taster’s Choice

Jol Dantzig’s Esoterica Electrica: Why I Don’t Like Taster’s Choice

December 23, 2019
On bearded baristas, boutique guitars, and the parallels they share.
Question & Obsession: The Process

Question & Obsession: The Process

December 19, 2019
YUNGBLUD, aka Dominic Harrison, joins us in discussing how to work through creative dry spells.
State of the Stomp: It’s All About Wonder and Liberty

State of the Stomp: It’s All About Wonder and Liberty

December 17, 2019
Columnist Philippe Herndon on gear, freedom, and finding joy in making music.
Last Call: No Flow, No Go

Last Call: No Flow, No Go

December 16, 2019
Creativity is a state of mind. But how do we get there?
Bass Bench: Four on the Wall, or a Bird in Your Hands?

Bass Bench: Four on the Wall, or a Bird in Your Hands?

December 12, 2019
Before putting a budget instrument on the bass bench, ask yourself: Am I going to make it play, or am I lipsticking a piglet for wall art?
Tone Tips: Stuck in a Rut?

Tone Tips: Stuck in a Rut?

December 11, 2019
If your playing is feeling stagnant, there are cures for that.
Tuning Up: Be Your Own Freaking Decluttering Diva

Tuning Up: Be Your Own Freaking Decluttering Diva

December 8, 2019
You don’t have to follow some social-media megalomaniac to clean up your rig. Here are some ideas, sans the photoshopped B.S.
Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Healthy Hands, Helping Hands

Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Healthy Hands, Helping Hands

November 26, 2019
Take good care of your two most important pieces of digital gear.
Tone Tips: How to Learn Songs Smart and Fast

Tone Tips: How to Learn Songs Smart and Fast

November 21, 2019
If you’re heading into some intense woodshedding, why not make it easier?
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.