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DIY: Relic’ing Tuners, Part 1

DIY: Relic’ing Tuners, Part 1

August 7, 2020
Our relic’ing series continues. Here’s an easy way to age the metal casings of guitar tuners.
Recording Dojo: Understanding Compression, Pt. 2

Recording Dojo: Understanding Compression, Pt. 2

July 31, 2020
Epic settings for industry-standard compressors.
Last Call: Why We Like Distortion

Last Call: Why We Like Distortion

July 30, 2020
While researching guitarists’ obsession with tone, I found a fascinating take on why heightened sound frequencies excite humans.
Iso Lab: Pedal Steel 101

Iso Lab: Pedal Steel 101

July 27, 2020
The Nashville musician and lovable PG host shares a little history on the complex instrument and breaks down some applications of the wondrously emotive instrument.
Prepare for Takeoff on the Modular-Synth Spaceship

Prepare for Takeoff on the Modular-Synth Spaceship

July 27, 2020
Looking for the otherworldly? Here are some devices and concepts that point the way.
Riff Rundown: Black Pumas' "Fire"

Riff Rundown: Black Pumas' "Fire"

July 26, 2020
The psych-soul duo's Adrian Quesada walks through the funky, spaghetti western progression inspired by Ennio Morricone.
Jol Dantzig’s Esoterica Electrica: Walking the Simulated Sonic Runway

Jol Dantzig’s Esoterica Electrica: Walking the Simulated Sonic Runway

July 19, 2020
If a plug-in can make a Strat-like sound out of a Les Paul, or a hollow jazz box out of a Tele, what does it mean to be a guitar builder today?
DIY: All About Your Electric Guitar's Knobs and Switches

DIY: All About Your Electric Guitar's Knobs and Switches

July 15, 2020
Confused by the wide variety of controls on your heroes’ favorite guitars? Watch this quick video to see how to get the most out of Strats, Les Pauls, Teles, and more!
There’s Nothing Like a Crisis for Guitarists

There’s Nothing Like a Crisis for Guitarists

July 13, 2020
Meet the future of learning.
The Fascinating Peavey T-60 Tone Circuit

The Fascinating Peavey T-60 Tone Circuit

July 3, 2020
With out-of-phase and coil-switching options, a treble-bleed network, and individual volume and tone controls for each pickup, this dual-humbucker’s wiring was ahead of its time when it came out in 1978.
To Wreck or to Rock?

To Wreck or to Rock?

July 3, 2020
How to know when a vintage amp is worth rescuing.
Riff Rundown: Sadler Vaden's "Anybody Out There?"

Riff Rundown: Sadler Vaden's "Anybody Out There?"

June 14, 2020
The axman for Jason Isbell's 400 Unit rips through the pentatonic lick that's the foundation of the title track from his 2020 album.
Last Call: Things I Learned During Quarantine

Last Call: Things I Learned During Quarantine

June 12, 2020
Lockdown isn’t easy, but it’s revealed some lessons, both trivial (Alexa can fart on demand) and divine (guitar is alive and well).
Recording Dojo: Understanding Compression, Pt. 1

Recording Dojo: Understanding Compression, Pt. 1

June 8, 2020
Comprehending one of the studio's most important but mysterious tools—with metaphorical cocktails!
DIY: How to String an Acoustic Guitar

DIY: How to String an Acoustic Guitar

June 8, 2020
Got a steel-string flattop? This quick video demos the easiest, smartest, fastest way to keep ’em fresh!
Riff Rundown: Irist's "Creation"

Riff Rundown: Irist's "Creation"

June 7, 2020
Crushing metalheads Pablo Davila and Adam Mitchell showcase the fingertapped melodies and chunky chords that are the bedrock for the Order of the Mind track.
Automatic Tuners for the Basses

Automatic Tuners for the Basses

June 5, 2020
Keeping the low-end’s high-tech on the down-low.
DIY Relic’ing: Break the Shine

DIY Relic’ing: Break the Shine

May 29, 2020
When aging a project guitar, it’s best to take it apart and start small. First, we focus on the metal.
The Most Powerful Pedal?

The Most Powerful Pedal?

May 25, 2020
It’s underappreciated and not as sexy as an overdrive or fuzz, but an EQ on your pedalboard can open myriad tonal doors.
Like Peanut Butter and Chocolate: Classic Guitar & Fender-Amp Pairings

Like Peanut Butter and Chocolate: Classic Guitar & Fender-Amp Pairings

May 21, 2020
Four irresistible combinations every guitar junkie's gotta try.