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Signal to Noise: Slave to the Sound

Signal to Noise: Slave to the Sound

August 15, 2018
Explore the reactive load box and the role it plays in reamplification.
Last Call: It’s Not Who You Know; It’s Who Knows You

Last Call: It’s Not Who You Know; It’s Who Knows You

August 14, 2018
To get around in the music biz, ya gotta get around.
Riff Rundown: Melvins' "Edgar the Elephant"

Riff Rundown: Melvins' "Edgar the Elephant"

August 12, 2018
Buzz Osborne, Jeff Pinkus, and Steven McDonald break down their individual parts before combining powers for a thunderous performance of the A Walk with Love & Death track.
Tuning Up: Judgment in the Garden of Musical Delights

Tuning Up: Judgment in the Garden of Musical Delights

August 7, 2018
In the backseat of a German cab, pedantics and rock ’n’ roll attitude collide in a Twilight Zone-meets-Godfather showdown.
Riff Rundown: Mastodon's "Roots Remain"

Riff Rundown: Mastodon's "Roots Remain"

August 5, 2018
Bill Kelliher elaborates how he uses open notes, bends, and hammer-ons for this Emperor of Sand track.
Dimed & Dangerous: Dr. Demento or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Tube

Dimed & Dangerous: Dr. Demento or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Tube

August 2, 2018
How a burst of flame and a transistor radio led to a life exploring amp design.
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.
State of the Stomp: Context Is King

State of the Stomp: Context Is King

July 30, 2018
No tone is an island.
Bass Bench: Psycho Tricks of the Low End

Bass Bench: Psycho Tricks of the Low End

July 29, 2018
Sometimes we bassists can’t crank up enough to experience our fundamentals in all their glory. But wait—there is a simple solution.
Mod Garage: Ultra-Flexible HH Wiring

Mod Garage: Ultra-Flexible HH Wiring

July 27, 2018
Crave more sounds from your dual-humbucker guitar? Here’s how to make that happen.
Riff Rundown: Between the Buried and Me's "Telos"

Riff Rundown: Between the Buried and Me's "Telos"

July 22, 2018
Dustie Waring challenges your picking-hand efficiency with this ripping speed-metal number off The Parallax II: Future Sequence.
Signal to Noise: Don’t Overdo It

Signal to Noise: Don’t Overdo It

July 18, 2018
When you bond with an instrument, it pays to think twice about tearing it apart.
All the World’s a Gain Stage

All the World’s a Gain Stage

July 16, 2018
A beginner’s guide to what makes tube amps growl, bark, and purr—from preamp tubes to output transformers and every cathode in between.
Anatomy of an Amp Cab

Anatomy of an Amp Cab

July 13, 2018
It may not be the sexiest part of your rig, but the speaker enclosure plays a crucial role in the signal chain. Here’s what’s going on inside.
State of the Stomp: Make Yourself Some Inspiration

State of the Stomp: Make Yourself Some Inspiration

July 3, 2018
Out-of-the-box techniques can put you in the right creative space.
Last Call: Award Show Stuff You Don’t See

Last Call: Award Show Stuff You Don’t See

June 25, 2018
Double-pay, free guitars, bumps, vamps, and green-room gaggles behind the magic of the small screen.
Mod Garage: Fighting Fret Wear

Mod Garage: Fighting Fret Wear

June 22, 2018
What does a vintage barber shop have in common with advanced fret maintenance?
On Bass: Island Bass

On Bass: Island Bass

June 20, 2018
Examining the bass lines from classic reggae tunes to help grasp the genre’s spirit of simplicity, feel, and groove.
What Bohlinger Plays: Tommy Emmanuel-Inspired Pull-Off Riff

What Bohlinger Plays: Tommy Emmanuel-Inspired Pull-Off Riff

June 19, 2018
Wrap your mitts around a shockingly easy pentatonic pattern that the Aussie flattop master uses on numbers such as "Classical Gas."
Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Perfect Intonation and Other Myths

Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Perfect Intonation and Other Myths

June 17, 2018
Jol Dantzig channels his inner Andy Rooney to set the record straight on a handful of guitar-related folklores.