November 2018

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Riff Rundown: A Perfect Circle's "So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish"

Riff Rundown: A Perfect Circle's "So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish"

November 18, 2018
The APC guitarist builds the 6-string parts that form the feedback-rich single from 2018's Eat the Elephant.
Signal to Noise: Glass Inside—Handle with Care?

Signal to Noise: Glass Inside—Handle with Care?

November 15, 2018
Let’s debunk some myths about tube reliability.
What Bohlinger Plays: Open-String Triplet in G

What Bohlinger Plays: Open-String Triplet in G

November 13, 2018
Here’s how to play an impressive triplet-based run that combines ringing open strings with hybrid picking.
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.
Last Call: The Appeal of Dweedly-Dweedly

Last Call: The Appeal of Dweedly-Dweedly

November 12, 2018
Repetitive patterns are part of a guitarist’s vocabulary, but they don’t tell the full story.
Bass Bench: Oil, Shellac, Nitro, Polyester, and Urethane: What Gives?

Bass Bench: Oil, Shellac, Nitro, Polyester, and Urethane: What Gives?

November 9, 2018
Let’s put the marketing hype aside and look at the basic properties of instrument finishes.
State of the Stomp: In Defense of Version 2

State of the Stomp: In Defense of Version 2

November 8, 2018
Why pedal makers keep trying to build a better mousetrap.
Mod Garage: The Sound of Silence—Revised and Expanded

Mod Garage: The Sound of Silence—Revised and Expanded

November 2, 2018
We’ll show you how to get 15 switchable sounds from a pair of 4-conductor humbuckers, courtesy of an avid PG reader.
Tuning Up: The (Half-Facetious) Secret to Staying Young … -ish

Tuning Up: The (Half-Facetious) Secret to Staying Young … -ish

November 1, 2018
How to rewire our inborn tendencies toward musical myopia.
Riff Rundown: Tremonti's "Unable to See"

Riff Rundown: Tremonti's "Unable to See"

October 28, 2018
The Alter Bridge guitar star breaks down the fingerpicking pattern used on his solo single from Dust.
Dimed & Dangerous: A Day in the Life

Dimed & Dangerous: A Day in the Life

October 25, 2018
How our columnist lives the dream of being an amp designer.
Last Call: Trust Me or Fire Me

Last Call: Trust Me or Fire Me

October 16, 2018
In music, movies, and maybe even life, a little faith in skill and talent makes for a better result.
Signal to Noise: Mastering Reactive-Load Technology

Signal to Noise: Mastering Reactive-Load Technology

October 15, 2018
With analog cab and mic simulation, you can capture the raw tone—and feel—of a raging tube amp at any volume in the studio or onstage.
Bass Bench: The World of Finishes

Bass Bench: The World of Finishes

October 12, 2018
Wood requires protection—especially from moisture—and there are many ways to get the job done.
State of the Stomp: My Design Un-Basics

State of the Stomp: My Design Un-Basics

October 9, 2018
A pedal builder explains how what’s under his lid gets into a box’s enclosure.
Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Identity and Authenticity

Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Identity and Authenticity

October 8, 2018
Does that beautiful battle-worn axe in the window have tales to tell from stage work, or from bench work? And does it matter?
Mod Garage: Swap That Tone Knob for a Warmth Control

Mod Garage: Swap That Tone Knob for a Warmth Control

October 5, 2018
Here are five inexpensive ways to bring your passive tone control to life.
Dimed & Dangerous: Solving Occupational Hazards

Dimed & Dangerous: Solving Occupational Hazards

October 4, 2018
Lessons from the gigging guitarist’s handbook.
Tuning Up: Get out of Your Tone Lab, Poindexter

Tuning Up: Get out of Your Tone Lab, Poindexter

October 3, 2018
Sometimes the Information Age + the Golden Age of Gear simply adds up to … bluuuuuuuuuuurgh.
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.