June 2020

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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.
Riff Rundown: Airbourne's "Burnout the Nitro"

Riff Rundown: Airbourne's "Burnout the Nitro"

May 17, 2020
Down Under rocker Joel O'Keefe whips through the guitar backbone within the hard-charging single from 2019's Boneshaker.
DIY: How to String a Floyd Rose

DIY: How to String a Floyd Rose

May 15, 2020
Metal's most famous whammy system takes a few extra steps to get ready for action, but this short demo makes it a cinch.
Riff Rundown: Laura Cox's "Bad Luck Blues"

Riff Rundown: Laura Cox's "Bad Luck Blues"

May 10, 2020
The ripping, blues-rockin' French guitarist lays the groundwork for the song's heartbeat and 3-part solo featured in 2019's Burning Bright.
Why Self-Awareness and Communication Are Key for Self-Taught Players and Luthiers

Why Self-Awareness and Communication Are Key for Self-Taught Players and Luthiers

May 8, 2020
It’s worth reminding self-learners about the dangers of knowledge gaps and the resulting risk of failing to correctly connect the dots.
Riff Rundown: In Virtue's "Where the Edges Meet"

Riff Rundown: In Virtue's "Where the Edges Meet"

May 4, 2020
Trey Xavier of Gear Gods lays out the groundwork for the main groove from his band's latest single from the forthcoming album Age of Legends.
The Night Joe Pass Crashed My Gig

The Night Joe Pass Crashed My Gig

April 30, 2020
What coming full circle means to Andy Ellis.
Decoding Jerry Donahue’s 5-Way Telecaster Wiring

Decoding Jerry Donahue’s 5-Way Telecaster Wiring

April 24, 2020
Over the course of his stellar career, the ace string bender and former Hellecaster has had several signature models, each wired to his unique specs. We’ll show you how to squeeze his sonic wizardry into your T-style guitar.
Got Noise Issues? It Could Be Your Pedalboard's Power Supply

Got Noise Issues? It Could Be Your Pedalboard's Power Supply

April 22, 2020
All 9V blocks are not created equal. Here's what to look for to avoid hiss, hum, and crackle.
Riff Rundown: Half Hearted's "I'm in Danger"

Riff Rundown: Half Hearted's "I'm in Danger"

April 19, 2020
Jason Grandell shows you the slick fretboard moves and precise hammer-ons needed to pull off the lead single from the band's eponymous debut.
No-Brainer Mods 2020

No-Brainer Mods 2020

April 14, 2020
Three bold projects for DIY-ers tired of the tame.
What Do James Hetfield and Waddy Wachtel Have in Common?

What Do James Hetfield and Waddy Wachtel Have in Common?

April 14, 2020
If you’re looking to step up your all-important groove-and-time game, start with some strategic rhythm development.
Riff Rundown: August Burns Red's "Paramount"

Riff Rundown: August Burns Red's "Paramount"

April 12, 2020
JB Brubaker provides the fretboard framework to master the metalcore giant's third single off the 2020 album Guardians.
Riff Rundown: Covet's "Nero"

Riff Rundown: Covet's "Nero"

April 7, 2020
Guitar phenom and joyous human Yvette Young shows you all the complex parts and nimble fingertapping moves wrapped up in Covet's first single from their forthcoming album technicolor.
DIY: How to String a Gibson-Style Electric Guitar

DIY: How to String a Gibson-Style Electric Guitar

April 2, 2020
Got a guitar with a Tune-o-matic-style bridge and three strings on each side of the headstock? Here’s a fast, easy video demo of how to get it ready for stable-tuned action.
Don’t Tell Me How to Music

Don’t Tell Me How to Music

March 31, 2020
Why you should give yourself permission to not care … or to care deeply about what nobody else cares about.
ESP Guitars Factory Tour

ESP Guitars Factory Tour

March 30, 2020
PG’s Perry Bean takes you behind the scenes to witness the care and passion put into the Tokyo outfit’s custom and production axes alike.
How to Install and Maintain Your Guitar's Pots

How to Install and Maintain Your Guitar's Pots

March 27, 2020
When it comes to cosmic tone, it’s critical to have functional potentiometers. Here’s how to install them correctly and keep them ship-shape afterward.