December 2020

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Does a Solidbody Bass' Unplugged Tone Matter?

Does a Solidbody Bass' Unplugged Tone Matter?

December 4, 2020
The old adage says not to judge a book by its cover—so why do we do it so much with instruments?
The Problem with Gear Reviews

The Problem with Gear Reviews

December 1, 2020
Why you oughta be skeptical when reading or watching critiques of pedals.
Does Factory Fresh Mean Ready to Play?

Does Factory Fresh Mean Ready to Play?

November 29, 2020
Top techs share their tips, tweaks, and onstage product development for brand-spankin’-new guitars.
The COVID Files: Inside the Mod Garage Shop During Lockdown

The COVID Files: Inside the Mod Garage Shop During Lockdown

November 27, 2020
Dirk Wacker shares what the last six months have been like for him and his guitar-tech business in Germany.
The Earth Isn’t Flat, and Neither Is Your Fretboard

The Earth Isn’t Flat, and Neither Is Your Fretboard

November 26, 2020
How—and why—acoustic guitar builders create predictable, controllably stable necks.
Recording Dojo: What's a High-Pass Filter & How Should You Use It?

Recording Dojo: What's a High-Pass Filter & How Should You Use It?

November 20, 2020
Here's how to clean up low-end mud and add definition to mixes.
The Saga of the Linda Ronstadt Deluxe

The Saga of the Linda Ronstadt Deluxe

November 15, 2020
How a not-so-special silver-panel amp was transformed into solid gold.
Last Call: Evolution

Last Call: Evolution

November 12, 2020
Much like birds, we are constantly developing our own musical voices.
I’m Just Glad I’ve Got My Damn Guitars

I’m Just Glad I’ve Got My Damn Guitars

November 6, 2020
Eight months/a decade into COVID-19, are we self-aware enough for our own good?
For the Love of Demos, Pt. 1

For the Love of Demos, Pt. 1

November 2, 2020
Bassist Hondo Felder looks for the versatility factor.
DIY Relic’ing Tuners, Part 2

DIY Relic’ing Tuners, Part 2

October 23, 2020
The Mod Garage guitar-aging series continues. Try these easy steps to get a vintage look on your plastic tuners.
Recording Dojo: How to Capture the Best Delay Sound

Recording Dojo: How to Capture the Best Delay Sound

October 12, 2020
Both the type of delay you're using and whether your amp is equipped with an effects loop can have a huge impact on how good your echoes sound in the final mix.
Last Call: Push the Shiny Red Button

Last Call: Push the Shiny Red Button

October 4, 2020
Recording yourself could help unlock your best playing yet. Plus, it can help with that cabin fever.
“This World Sucks, So I Made My Own”

“This World Sucks, So I Made My Own”

October 2, 2020

We haven’t yet seen roving hordes of Morlocks (or have we?), but at least we’ve got our stompbox “time machines.”

Truss-Rod Care & Guitar-Neck Health

Truss-Rod Care & Guitar-Neck Health

October 1, 2020
The body is all-important, but we can’t discount the importance of the neck, too.
Even If You Hate Modelers, You Probably Owe 'Em a Debt of Gratitude

Even If You Hate Modelers, You Probably Owe 'Em a Debt of Gratitude

September 28, 2020
How first-generation DSP pedals from Line 6, Eventide, and Strymon forced a power-supply revolution.
The Tale of the Hamer DuoTone—an Innovative Model That Satisfied Zero Demand

The Tale of the Hamer DuoTone—an Innovative Model That Satisfied Zero Demand

September 24, 2020
How—despite being embraced by Jeff Tweedy, Stone Gossard, Ty Tabor, Dweezil Zappa, and other luminaries—this acoustic-electric hybrid was somehow DOA.
Killing the Bass, Part 2

Killing the Bass, Part 2

September 18, 2020
Why you should take the time, money, and effort necessary to dress your studio space for success.
When Exactly Did "Boutique Pedals" Become a Thing?

When Exactly Did "Boutique Pedals" Become a Thing?

September 17, 2020
Travel back in time 30+ years and meet the circuit-tweakers who started a stompbox craze.
How to Get the Most out of Hum-Sing-Hum Wiring

How to Get the Most out of Hum-Sing-Hum Wiring

September 11, 2020
This circuit lets you get HSH and SSS-like tones from a single guitar.