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Tuning Up: Pedal Issues

Tuning Up: Pedal Issues

September 18, 2018
PG’s head honcho gets all teary-eyed about the stomps whose tones have lodged in his head from years of gear reviews.
Signal to Noise: Rockin’ the Reactive Load

Signal to Noise: Rockin’ the Reactive Load

September 17, 2018
The key to direct recording is to get an amp to behave realistically. So how do you accomplish this?
Last Call: Maybe This Gig Is Not for You

Last Call: Maybe This Gig Is Not for You

September 13, 2018
A takeaway from the saga of Stevie Ray Vaughan and David Bowie.
Dimed & Dangerous: How Bright Caps Shape Tone

Dimed & Dangerous: How Bright Caps Shape Tone

August 31, 2018
Discover the sound-sculpting properties of bright caps and how to tame treble acoustically.
Mod Garage: Dialing in the Passive Tone Control

Mod Garage: Dialing in the Passive Tone Control

August 24, 2018
Do you always leave your tone pot wide open? Here’s how to squeeze more utility from this oft-neglected knob.
On Bass: Improve Your Groove

On Bass: Improve Your Groove

August 20, 2018
If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime of ignoring your metronome.
State of the Stomp: Virtually Real, or Really Virtual?

State of the Stomp: Virtually Real, or Really Virtual?

August 19, 2018
Why stompboxes survive in a world of modeling and emulators.
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 on 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.