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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.
Tone Tips: Know Your Rig, Inside and Out

Tone Tips: Know Your Rig, Inside and Out

April 22, 2019
If you lost your signal during a gig, would you panic and freeze or find and fix the issue with ninja-like precision?
Tone Tips: Make Your Creative Space Rock

Tone Tips: Make Your Creative Space Rock

March 24, 2019
Easy steps and tips to help open your creative floodgate in a home-studio setting—and keep it open.
Tone Tips: Keep It Quiet, Part 2

Tone Tips: Keep It Quiet, Part 2

February 15, 2019
Solid advice to search and destroy those unwanted noises coming from amps, pedalboards, and wireless units.
Tone Tips: Keep It Quiet

Tone Tips: Keep It Quiet

January 14, 2019
Looking for and alleviating the sounds you don’t want coming from your rig.
Tone Tips: Attitude Equals Impact

Tone Tips: Attitude Equals Impact

December 12, 2018
Phil X talks about the approach, technique, and attitude needed for standing out and getting the gig.
Tone Tips: The Powerhouse Pedalboard

Tone Tips: The Powerhouse Pedalboard

November 13, 2018
Our resident tone guru offers sound hardware solutions for your pedalboard, with versatility and ease front of mind.
Tone Tips: Tweak Talk

Tone Tips: Tweak Talk

October 14, 2018
Installing new pickups is, of course, a valid option if you’re not satisfied with a guitar’s tone, but tweaking elsewhere could get you where you want to be and save dollars.
Tone Tips: Gig Tips for the Social Media Generation

Tone Tips: Gig Tips for the Social Media Generation

September 14, 2018
Your blistering solo is amazing, but can you play it standing up, while grooving with a band, and in front of people?
Tone Tips: Ask Doctor Pete—Seeking Clarity

Tone Tips: Ask Doctor Pete—Seeking Clarity

August 1, 2018
Tone scientist Pete Thorn touches on subjects ranging from an EQ pedal in your effects loop to being nice to your singer.
Tone Tips: Going Wireless in 2018

Tone Tips: Going Wireless in 2018

July 10, 2018
With today’s affordable wireless tech, it’s time to stop trippin’ and cut the cord to gain guitar freedom.
Tone Tips: Learning to Fly Solo

Tone Tips: Learning to Fly Solo

June 3, 2018
With his second solo effort soon to be released, our career gun-for-hire columnist waxes poetic on the creative benefits of going it alone.
Tone Tips: Blurring Lines

Tone Tips: Blurring Lines

May 16, 2018
Guitarists are already living in a brave new world of effects and guitar-related technology, so where is it going next?
Tone Tips: Volume, Dynamics, Guitar

Tone Tips: Volume, Dynamics, Guitar

April 12, 2018
Let the guitar be the instrument it was meant to be, which is not a synthesizer.
Tone Tips: Takeways from Winter NAMM 2018

Tone Tips: Takeways from Winter NAMM 2018

March 12, 2018
Always on the lookout for the latest tone tools, Pete Thorn makes his annual pilgrimage to DisneyNAMM to find innovation is alive and well in guitar land.
Tone Tips: Curing Tone Issues with Practice

Tone Tips: Curing Tone Issues with Practice

January 23, 2018
Practicing is a good thing, but practicing more effectively may reap rewards faster.
Tone Tips: You Have Everything You Need

Tone Tips: You Have Everything You Need

December 28, 2017
Before chasing down the latest and greatest gear, take inventory of what you already have. You might be surprised where it can take you.
Tone Tips: Guitar in the Social-Media Era

Tone Tips: Guitar in the Social-Media Era

December 10, 2017
Love it or hate it, tech is part of the guitar universe and here to stay, so make it work for you—not against you.
Tone Tips: Effecting the Future

Tone Tips: Effecting the Future

November 6, 2017
Scratching the surface of an eternal question for guitarists: What is left to discover in the guitar-effect universe?
Tone Tips: Remembering Chris Cornell

Tone Tips: Remembering Chris Cornell

October 12, 2017
A few tips and memories from our columnist’s time with his late friend and bandmate.