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Recording Dojo: The Case for Miking Your Electric Guitar

March 3, 2021
Why you should consider tracking the acoustic sound of your solid-, semi-, or hollowbody axe in addition to the amp it's plugged into.
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DIY: What’s the Difference Between Boost, Overdrive, Distortion & Fuzz?

DIY: What’s the Difference Between Boost, Overdrive, Distortion, and Fuzz?

March 1, 2021
Your favorite players talk about these guitar pedals almost as if they’re interchangeable, but there are important differences. Here’s what they sound like and how to use them.
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DIY: How to Pick Your Guitar Pick

February 26, 2021
Heavy, medium, light … tiny and pointy or big and chunky … plastic, stone, or steel? Here’s how to make sense of the confusing array of plectrum options.
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Last Call: Monk’s Advice

February 25, 2021
In 1960, saxophonist Steve Lacy played in Thelonious Monk’s band … and took notes for us.
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Meet My 1965 Super Reverb—The Greatest Amp I've Ever Played

February 21, 2021
Our columnist shares a love story about his longtime passion for the 1965 heavyweight that’s his No. 1.
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Pros & Cons of Pitched Vs. Straight Headstocks

February 17, 2021
Boutique luthier Jol Dantzig (cofounder of Hamer Guitars) examines the potential perils of different headstock angles and the balance between performance and ease of construction.
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Don’t Shy Away from “Hard Mode”

February 15, 2021
Plug-and-play pedals are fun, but mastering a complex effects box can open the door to brave new worlds of sound. Try it!
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Electric Guitar Intonation

DIY: How to Adjust Electric-Guitar Intonation

February 15, 2021
Gruhn Guitars' setup guru Nathan Golliher shows how to easily make your Strat, Les Paul, and Telecaster ring true up and down the fretboard.
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Recording Dojo: A High Five for the Low-Pass Filter

February 3, 2021
How to use an indispensable DAW tool to focus tracks, find space in a mix, create vintage-style sounds, and more.
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Gimme Danger

February 2, 2021
The drive to be a “good guitarist” is making us boring af.
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Last Call: Doing What You’re Supposed to Do

February 1, 2021
After Billy Joe Shaver died, I went down the rabbit hole and found a man who lived life to the fullest.
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Mato Nanji Fender 75 homepage

Loud, Fat, and Flat-Out Awesome

January 25, 2021
How Indigenous’ Mato Nanji gets roaring Hendrix-inspired tones from his Fender 75s.
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Swiss Cheese and Vibrating Instruments

January 22, 2021
Does artificially breaking in a guitar by “exciting” it really work—at least in the manner we hope it will? And what does that have to do with cheese?
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February 2021 Tuning Up Led Zeppelin Jimmy Page homepage

Instagram-Filter Mentality Is Ruining Your Music

January 12, 2021
A wake-up call for guitarists as we use quarantine time to develop our studio chops.
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Last Call: With Gratitude

January 8, 2021
I met my guitar teacher, Mike Hoover, when I was in 8th grade. Forty years later, I’m still learning from him.
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Finding Perfect Tones in Imperfect Amps

January 5, 2021
Your signature Fender sound could be just a tweak or twist away.
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Recording Dojo: How to Get Big Sounds from Little Amps

January 3, 2021
You can get a surprising amount of tonal variety simply by getting creative with mic placement.
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What Does It Even Mean When We Say a Pedal Is "Transparent"?

December 29, 2020
The term gets thrown around so much it's almost meaningless. Let's see if we can wrap our heads around it a little better!
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January 2021 Tuning Up homepage

Help—I’m Scrolling and I Can’t Get Up!

December 23, 2020
How to cope if coronavirus is sapping your motivation to play.
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Truss Rod DIY

DIY: How to Adjust a Truss Rod

December 15, 2020
Is neck bowing making your favorite instrument harder to play with each passing season? This comprehensive video shows how to easily get it just right on all your acoustic, electric, and bass guitars.
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