November 2019

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Riff Rundown: Benjamin Tod's "Using Again"

Riff Rundown: Benjamin Tod's "Using Again"

November 10, 2019
The Lost Dog Street Band frontman shows how smooth fingerpicking and a few well-placed hammer-ons ring a somber tone to accompany a downtrodden tale.
Tuning Up: Satan, Schmatan—All Hail Gorgoroth!

Tuning Up: Satan, Schmatan—All Hail Gorgoroth!

November 7, 2019
Yes, their shtick/supposed beliefs are silly, but the Norwegian black metal vets are some of the most legit song crafters in heavy music.
Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Fretboard Follies

Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Fretboard Follies

November 4, 2019
Feeling good about your setup always means feeling better about your guitar.
Mod Garage: Goo Begone!

Mod Garage: Goo Begone!

November 1, 2019
Behold the magic of the homemade electrolysis bath.
State of the Stomp: Give It to Me Straight

State of the Stomp: Give It to Me Straight

October 22, 2019
When experimenting, keep your endgame in mind.
Tone Tips: Don’t Lose the Spark

Tone Tips: Don’t Lose the Spark

October 21, 2019
Inspired while on the road? These devices can help.
Riff Rundown: Between the Buried and Me's "Silent Flight Parliament"

Riff Rundown: Between the Buried and Me's "Silent Flight Parliament"

October 13, 2019
Paul Waggoner shows you how a handful of diminished and augmented sounds form the core of this track from the band's The Parallax II album.
Bass Bench: Give Me a Break!

Bass Bench: Give Me a Break!

October 11, 2019
How the angle of your strings between nut and tuner affects tuning stability, tone, and playability.
Tuning Up: Are We Doomed to Be “Inbred” Bores?

Tuning Up: Are We Doomed to Be “Inbred” Bores?

October 9, 2019
CAUTION: 24/7-guitar-nerd mentality can spectacularly backfire.
Mod Garage: Inside Yamaha’s Dry Switch

Mod Garage: Inside Yamaha’s Dry Switch

October 4, 2019
Passive bass-cut switches have been around since the late ’50s—maybe even longer. Here’s a new twist on a classic theme.
Tuning Up: For Those Feeling Like an Unmade Bed

Tuning Up: For Those Feeling Like an Unmade Bed

September 17, 2019
A shout-out of solidarity (and thanks) for those suffering through life’s not-so-cool fits of shrieking fuzz.
Riff Rundown: As Cities Burn's "Contact"

Riff Rundown: As Cities Burn's "Contact"

September 8, 2019
Cody Bonnette recreates the dreamy guitar bed from the post-hardcore outfit's 2007 Come Now Sleep single.
Silver and Black: Simple Tube Tricks for Beginners

Silver and Black: Simple Tube Tricks for Beginners

September 2, 2019
Need more headroom or gain? Spin the bottles.
Mod Garage: Working with Shielded Coax and Teflon-Insulated Wire

Mod Garage: Working with Shielded Coax and Teflon-Insulated Wire

August 30, 2019
If you want pro results from your modding adventures, you need to learn how to handle these specialized types of cabling.
Gibson Factory Tour [2019]

Gibson Factory Tour [2019]

August 27, 2019
Go behind the scenes and see new Les Pauls, SGs, Explorers, and more at the famed guitar outfit’s newly consolidated Nashville facility.
State of the Stomp: Debugging Your Pedalboard on the Gig

State of the Stomp: Debugging Your Pedalboard on the Gig

August 7, 2019
Tips for finding and fixing issues with your stomp system on the fly.
Mod Garage: Three Ways to Wire a Tone Pot

Mod Garage: Three Ways to Wire a Tone Pot

August 2, 2019
How you connect the tone cap and potentiometer to the volume control has a huge effect on your sound.
State of the Stomp: When the Freak Becomes Your Friend

State of the Stomp: When the Freak Becomes Your Friend

July 26, 2019
Don’t just embrace chaos—court it! And sonically leave the planet.
Dial It In: Swapping Tubes

Dial It In: Swapping Tubes

July 23, 2019
Fine-tune your tube amp’s gain structure and headroom by experimenting with preamp and phase-inverter tubes.