April 2020

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Do Bigger Strings Really Make for a Louder Acoustic Guitar?

Do Bigger Strings Really Make for a Louder Acoustic Guitar?

April 2, 2020
Conventional wisdom says a heavier set of acoustic strings will make a guitar louder, but let’s not forget the other competing variables.
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.
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.
Last Call: Neal Casal and the Dangerous Thing We’re Afraid to Talk About

Last Call: Neal Casal and the Dangerous Thing We’re Afraid to Talk About

March 26, 2020
Mental health issues affect millions of people. Let’s talk about how we can help each other before it’s too late.
Will Ray’s Bottom Feeder: Cozart “Custom Shack” T-Style

Will Ray’s Bottom Feeder: Cozart “Custom Shack” T-Style

March 25, 2020
Our columnist’s winning ticket: a modded China-built 6-string for $160 including shipping.
Jol Dantzig’s Esoterica Electrica: Upgrades are Always a Matter of Perception

Jol Dantzig’s Esoterica Electrica: Upgrades are Always a Matter of Perception

March 23, 2020
Get to know and appreciate what your guitar has to offer before the hack job.
A Toast to Celine & a Middle Finger to COVID-19

A Toast to Celine & a Middle Finger to COVID-19

March 22, 2020
F*@# you, coronavirus—our hearts will go on!
Reader Guitar of the Month: Triple-Neck “Hack”

Reader Guitar of the Month: Triple-Neck “Hack”

March 20, 2020
A music store employee scored a vintage handbuilt oddball with an electric guitar, electric banjo, and an electric mandolin all-in-one for $100.
A High Five for an Underappreciated Fender

A High Five for an Underappreciated Fender

March 20, 2020
Handwired by amp guru Paul Rivera, this ’80s Concert rules for everything from blues to rock, and Americana.
This Bass Might Be Responsible for the Pointy Headstocks of the '80s

This Bass Might Be Responsible for the Pointy Headstocks of the '80s

March 16, 2020
Guitar hunter extraordinaire Frank Meyers recalls how he found this late-’60s Marlin PB-26—an ahead-of-its-time design so gonzo it left him speechless.
Why Low-Impedance Pickups Could Benefit Your Bass Tone

Why Low-Impedance Pickups Could Benefit Your Bass Tone

March 13, 2020
Les Paul invented "low-z" pickups for clarity, but they can also extend the sonic range for low-enders.
Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures

March 11, 2020
Porridge Radio’s Dana Margolin, PG editors, and our Reader of the Month examine their underlying musical influences.
Does String Gauge Really Matter? Of Course, <i>But</i>...

Does String Gauge Really Matter? Of Course, But...

March 10, 2020
...There's a lot more to it than whether Billy Gibbons or SRV was "right."
Last Call: 6 Ways to Make Friends with Our Common Enemy—Mortality

Last Call: 6 Ways to Make Friends with Our Common Enemy—Mortality

March 9, 2020
John Bohlinger's tips for keeping your body and mind primed for playing well into your golden years.
How Pedal Buyers and Builders Can Help Save the Planet

How Pedal Buyers and Builders Can Help Save the Planet

March 5, 2020
Spurred by Australia’s wildfires, stompbox maker Aisha Loe (of Loe Sounds) takes a mindful look at effects and ecology.
How Mass Production Has Improved Entry-Level Acoustics

How Mass Production Has Improved Entry-Level Acoustics

March 3, 2020
Upscale options once reserved for boutique guitars are now within easy reach for just about any budget.
And the Award for Craziest New Pedal Goes To….

And the Award for Craziest New Pedal Goes To….

March 1, 2020
No, this isn’t an early April Fool’s post.
The DIY Relic Job—Fantasy or Reality?

The DIY Relic Job—Fantasy or Reality?

February 28, 2020
Yes, it is possible to age your instrument. But there are pitfalls to avoid and techniques to master.
Reader Guitar of the Month: Townshend Tribute

Reader Guitar of the Month: Townshend Tribute

February 27, 2020
A reader gives a goldtop Schecter PT a new neck, hardware swaps, and two Duncan ’59 humbuckers wired for tonal variety.
How to Get Big Tones on Small Stages

How to Get Big Tones on Small Stages

February 25, 2020
Find the sweet spot between volume, sanity, and sonic happiness with classic-style Fender amps.