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Signal to Noise: Slave to the Sound

Signal to Noise: Slave to the Sound

August 15, 2018
Explore the reactive load box and the role it plays in reamplification.
Last Call: It’s Not Who You Know; It’s Who Knows You

Last Call: It’s Not Who You Know; It’s Who Knows You

August 14, 2018
To get around in the music biz, ya gotta get around.
Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Cozart Serape T-style

Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: Cozart Serape T-style

August 13, 2018
A cheapo guitar with a Mexican-style blanket covering its body is a conversation starter—and a cool player.
Acoustic Soundboard: To Cleat, or Not to Cleat

Acoustic Soundboard: To Cleat, or Not to Cleat

August 9, 2018
It’s a good thing to fix a crack on your guitar, but don’t let your tone suffer in the process by going overboard with the repair.
Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Pay Now or Cry Later

Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Pay Now or Cry Later

August 8, 2018
Tool up to get the job done right, and save time and your sanity in the process.
Tuning Up: Judgment in the Garden of Musical Delights

Tuning Up: Judgment in the Garden of Musical Delights

August 7, 2018
In the backseat of a German cab, pedantics and rock ’n’ roll attitude collide in a Twilight Zone-meets-Godfather showdown.
Dimed & Dangerous: Dr. Demento or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Tube

Dimed & Dangerous: Dr. Demento or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Tube

August 2, 2018
How a burst of flame and a transistor radio led to a life exploring amp design.
Tone Tips: Ask Doctor Pete—Seeking Clarity

Tone Tips: Ask Doctor Pete—Seeking Clarity

August 1, 2018
Tone scientist Pete Thorn touches on subjects ranging from an EQ pedal in your effects loop to being nice to your singer.
State of the Stomp: Context Is King

State of the Stomp: Context Is King

July 30, 2018
No tone is an island.
Bass Bench: Psycho Tricks of the Low End

Bass Bench: Psycho Tricks of the Low End

July 29, 2018
Sometimes we bassists can’t crank up enough to experience our fundamentals in all their glory. But wait—there is a simple solution.
Mod Garage: Ultra-Flexible HH Wiring

Mod Garage: Ultra-Flexible HH Wiring

July 27, 2018
Crave more sounds from your dual-humbucker guitar? Here’s how to make that happen.
Reader Guitar of the Month: Put Some Skank on It

Reader Guitar of the Month: Put Some Skank on It

July 23, 2018
A guitarist wanted a Les Paul Jr., so he made his own version out of cherry wood from a handbuilt family heirloom.
On Bass: Easily Avoidable Bass Pitfalls, Part 2

On Bass: Easily Avoidable Bass Pitfalls, Part 2

July 23, 2018
Give your strings some thought, fine tune your action, and don’t forget to breathe.
Staff Picks: My First Amp

Staff Picks: My First Amp

July 20, 2018
My Morning Jacket’s Jim James joins us to discuss our very first amps, and where they are now.
Vintage Vault: 1960s Kay Swingmaster K763

Vintage Vault: 1960s Kay Swingmaster K763

July 20, 2018
A semi-hollow player’s workhorse ready for a second life.
Signal to Noise: Don’t Overdo It

Signal to Noise: Don’t Overdo It

July 18, 2018
When you bond with an instrument, it pays to think twice about tearing it apart.
Trash or Treasure: Epiphone PR7E

Trash or Treasure: Epiphone PR7E

July 15, 2018
A reader’s curious preschooler finds an old guitar in a spare room. The reader smartly inquiries about its value before handing it over to a 4-year-old.
Acoustic Soundboard: The Cutaway Question

Acoustic Soundboard: The Cutaway Question

July 11, 2018
A closer look at how, or if, an acoustic cutaway affects your tone.
Tone Tips: Going Wireless in 2018

Tone Tips: Going Wireless in 2018

July 10, 2018
With today’s affordable wireless tech, it’s time to stop trippin’ and cut the cord to gain guitar freedom.
On Bass: Easily Avoidable Bass Pitfalls

On Bass: Easily Avoidable Bass Pitfalls

July 9, 2018
By thinking in terms of quantity over quality, many are led to regard the bass as an “easy” instrument, but there’s a lot more to it than that.