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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.
Recording Dojo: Why Guitarists Shouldn't Diss DIs

Recording Dojo: Why Guitarists Shouldn't Diss DIs

September 4, 2020
These inexpensive little boxes aren't just for bassists. Invest in one and it'll open your studio to a universe of tonal possibilities—and likely save you a lot of time and headaches.
Get ’Er Done: Jerry-Rig Your Own Iso Box

Get ’Er Done: Jerry-Rig Your Own Iso Box

August 30, 2020
Everyone’s suddenly hot for home recording, but if you’re on a budget you might have to resort to some guerilla tactics.
10 Recording Mistakes Guitarists Make (And How to Avoid Them)

10 Recording Mistakes Guitarists Make (And How to Avoid Them)

August 27, 2020
Bryan Clark, one of the top engineers/producers at Nashville's famed Blackbird Studio, walks you through common tracking pitfalls and shares his list of essential gear for budding home studios.
Last Call: Unplayable

Last Call: Unplayable

August 26, 2020
Being uncomfortable is scary, but perfect conditions might not get you where you need to be. Case in point: The best-selling solo jazz album in history, from pianist Keith Jarrett.
How to Get Hendrix Tone with Classic Fender Amps

How to Get Hendrix Tone with Classic Fender Amps

August 24, 2020
How to make a Bassman, Twin, or Super Reverb sound more Experienced.
Close Your Wallet and Open Your Mind

Close Your Wallet and Open Your Mind

August 20, 2020
That epic new sound you’re seeking might already be on your pedalboard.
Jol Dantzig’s Esoterica Electrica: The Doors of Perception

Jol Dantzig’s Esoterica Electrica: The Doors of Perception

August 17, 2020
It’s just a thought that you have to change.
Killing the Bass, Part 1

Killing the Bass, Part 1

August 14, 2020
Interpreting memories, wrangling frequencies, and exploring the importance of well-designed studio rooms.
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!