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Play It Smart! Must-Know Seasonal Care for Acoustics

Play It Smart! Must-Know Seasonal Care for Acoustics

June 11, 2019
Keep your guitar sounding great and in peak playing condition with these simple—and essential—tips for combating environmental threats.
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!
Mod Garage: The Blender 7-Sound Stratocaster

Mod Garage: The Blender 7-Sound Stratocaster

May 31, 2019
A virtually infinite palette of Strat tones at your fingertips? You bet.
Riff Rundown: Russian Circles' "Arluck"

Riff Rundown: Russian Circles' "Arluck"

May 26, 2019
The guitar architect demonstrates how to play the first single off the instrumental-metal band's forthcoming album, Blood Year.
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.
Mod Garage: Exploring “Outlaw” Pickup Parameters

Mod Garage: Exploring “Outlaw” Pickup Parameters

May 3, 2019
Inductance, resonant peak, and Q factor: What the heck do they mean and how do they affect electric guitar tone?
On Bass: Low-End Introductions, Part 2

On Bass: Low-End Introductions, Part 2

May 1, 2019
Going further down the rabbit hole of bass-intro gems in rock history.
State of the Stomp: To Sum or Not to Sum

State of the Stomp: To Sum or Not to Sum

April 30, 2019
Tips for taking your signal path from stereo to mono.
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?
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?
Last Call: An Unofficial Limited Etymology of Music Terms

Last Call: An Unofficial Limited Etymology of Music Terms

April 19, 2019
Some handy definitions for cool cats who gig—and civilians.
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.
No-Brainer Mods 2019!

No-Brainer Mods 2019!

April 11, 2019
Three entry-level axes and the DIY projects that turn them into secret weapons for the stage and studio.
State of the Stomp: Some Things About Sound Waves I Think Are Cool

State of the Stomp: Some Things About Sound Waves I Think Are Cool

April 9, 2019
Thinking about sound helps harness its properties. Saddle up!
Mod Garage: “Jimmy Page” Les Paul Wiring

Mod Garage: “Jimmy Page” Les Paul Wiring

March 29, 2019
With 21 switchable sounds, this mod can turn a LP-style guitar into a veritable tone monster.
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.
State of the Stomp: What You Really Missed at NAMM!

State of the Stomp: What You Really Missed at NAMM!

March 22, 2019
An insider’s view from pedal world at this winter’s show.