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The Fascinating Peavey T-60 Tone Circuit

The Fascinating Peavey T-60 Tone Circuit

July 3, 2020
With out-of-phase and coil-switching options, a treble-bleed network, and individual volume and tone controls for each pickup, this dual-humbucker’s wiring was ahead of its time when it came out in 1978.
To Wreck or to Rock?

To Wreck or to Rock?

July 3, 2020
How to know when a vintage amp is worth rescuing.
Riff Rundown: Sadler Vaden's "Anybody Out There?"

Riff Rundown: Sadler Vaden's "Anybody Out There?"

June 14, 2020
The axman for Jason Isbell's 400 Unit rips through the pentatonic lick that's the foundation of the title track from his 2020 album.
Last Call: Things I Learned During Quarantine

Last Call: Things I Learned During Quarantine

June 12, 2020
Lockdown isn’t easy, but it’s revealed some lessons, both trivial (Alexa can fart on demand) and divine (guitar is alive and well).
Understanding Compression, Pt. 1

Understanding Compression, Pt. 1

June 8, 2020
Comprehending one of the studio's most important but mysterious tools—with metaphorical cocktails!
DIY: How to String an Acoustic Guitar

DIY: How to String an Acoustic Guitar

June 8, 2020
Got a steel-string flattop? This quick video demos the easiest, smartest, fastest way to keep ’em fresh!
Riff Rundown: Irist's "Creation"

Riff Rundown: Irist's "Creation"

June 7, 2020
Crushing metalheads Pablo Davila and Adam Mitchell showcase the fingertapped melodies and chunky chords that are the bedrock for the Order of the Mind track.
Automatic Tuners for the Basses

Automatic Tuners for the Basses

June 5, 2020
Keeping the low-end’s high-tech on the down-low.
DIY Relic’ing: Break the Shine

DIY Relic’ing: Break the Shine

May 29, 2020
When aging a project guitar, it’s best to take it apart and start small. First, we focus on the metal.
The Most Powerful Pedal?

The Most Powerful Pedal?

May 25, 2020
It’s underappreciated and not as sexy as an overdrive or fuzz, but an EQ on your pedalboard can open myriad tonal doors.
Like Peanut Butter and Chocolate: Classic Guitar & Fender-Amp Pairings

Like Peanut Butter and Chocolate: Classic Guitar & Fender-Amp Pairings

May 21, 2020
Four irresistible combinations every guitar junkie's gotta try.
Riff Rundown: Airbourne's "Burnout the Nitro"

Riff Rundown: Airbourne's "Burnout the Nitro"

May 17, 2020
Down Under rocker Joel O'Keefe whips through the guitar backbone within the hard-charging single from 2019's Boneshaker.
DIY: How to String a Floyd Rose

DIY: How to String a Floyd Rose

May 15, 2020
Metal's most famous whammy system takes a few extra steps to get ready for action, but this short demo makes it a cinch.
Riff Rundown: Laura Cox's "Bad Luck Blues"

Riff Rundown: Laura Cox's "Bad Luck Blues"

May 10, 2020
The ripping, blues-rockin' French guitarist lays the groundwork for the song's heartbeat and 3-part solo featured in 2019's Burning Bright.
Why Self-Awareness and Communication Are Key for Self-Taught Players and Luthiers

Why Self-Awareness and Communication Are Key for Self-Taught Players and Luthiers

May 8, 2020
It’s worth reminding self-learners about the dangers of knowledge gaps and the resulting risk of failing to correctly connect the dots.
Riff Rundown: In Virtue's "Where the Edges Meet"

Riff Rundown: In Virtue's "Where the Edges Meet"

May 4, 2020
Trey Xavier of Gear Gods lays out the groundwork for the main groove from his band's latest single from the forthcoming album Age of Legends.
The Night Joe Pass Crashed My Gig

The Night Joe Pass Crashed My Gig

April 30, 2020
What coming full circle means to Andy Ellis.
Decoding Jerry Donahue’s 5-Way Telecaster Wiring

Decoding Jerry Donahue’s 5-Way Telecaster Wiring

April 24, 2020
Over the course of his stellar career, the ace string bender and former Hellecaster has had several signature models, each wired to his unique specs. We’ll show you how to squeeze his sonic wizardry into your T-style guitar.
Got Noise Issues? It Could Be Your Pedalboard's Power Supply

Got Noise Issues? It Could Be Your Pedalboard's Power Supply

April 22, 2020
All 9V blocks are not created equal. Here's what to look for to avoid hiss, hum, and crackle.
Riff Rundown: Half Hearted's "I'm in Danger"

Riff Rundown: Half Hearted's "I'm in Danger"

April 19, 2020
Jason Grandell shows you the slick fretboard moves and precise hammer-ons needed to pull off the lead single from the band's eponymous debut.