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.
A ’61 Supro That’s Super for Slide

A ’61 Supro That’s Super for Slide

November 22, 2020
This original archtop Coronado’s Vistatone pickups speak the language of Ry Cooder and other tone hounds.
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.
Meet Murph, My Surf-Rock Friend

Meet Murph, My Surf-Rock Friend

November 16, 2020
SoCal in the ’60s was a hotbed of guitar building, but it wasn’t just the big guys equipping aspiring rock stars.
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.
Irontom’s Zach Irons, <i>PG</i> Editors & Our Reader of the Month Discuss Their Preferred Strings

Irontom’s Zach Irons, PG Editors & Our Reader of the Month Discuss Their Preferred Strings

November 9, 2020
...As well as reveal their latest music/guitar obsessions!
Logo Advice from a Living Legend

Logo Advice from a Living Legend

November 8, 2020
For starters, says Hamer Guitars cofounder Jol Dantzig, avoid stock typeface at all costs.
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.
Does Fret Material Really Matter for a Bass?

Does Fret Material Really Matter for a Bass?

October 30, 2020
Conventional wisdom says that, as a string anchor point, the metal alloy must play a tonal factor. But it's more complicated than that....
Now's the Time to Pick Up a Banjo

Now's the Time to Pick Up a Banjo

October 29, 2020
Pandemic got you in a rut? Making the easy jump to the guitar's cousin is guaranteed to jumpstart your creativity.
The World's Doomiest SG?

The World's Doomiest SG?

October 25, 2020
Cue metal music for this two-pickup 1962 Gibson EB-6 bass—one of just 68 in existence.
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.
"I Don't Have Any Regular Settings"

"I Don't Have Any Regular Settings"

October 16, 2020
Fantastic Negrito on the “freaky” Orange amp with as many moods as his Grammy-winning tunes.
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.