December 2020

Gigging Advice

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State of the Stomp December20 Knobs homepage

The Problem with Gear Reviews

December 1, 2020
Why you oughta be skeptical when reading or watching critiques of pedals.
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Esoterica Electrica Tuning homepage

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.
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Mod Garage Storage homepage

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.
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Recording Dojo High Pass Filter homepage

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.
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Linda Ronstadt Deluxe Reverb homepage

The Saga of the Linda Ronstadt Deluxe

November 15, 2020
How a not-so-special silver-panel amp was transformed into solid gold.
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John Bohlinger Last Call November 20 homepage

Last Call: Evolution

November 12, 2020
Much like birds, we are constantly developing our own musical voices.
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I’m Just Glad I’ve Got My Damn Guitars homepage

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?
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State of the Stomp Hondo Felder homepage

For the Love of Demos, Pt. 1

November 2, 2020
Bassist Hondo Felder looks for the versatility factor.
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attenuators homepage

Amp Too Damn Loud? Here Are 10 Attenuators That'll Save Your Bacon

October 9, 2020
Cop-call-deterring boxes from Weber, Two Notes, Bugera, Radial, Mesa/Boogie, and more.
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Last Call: Push the Shiny Red Button

October 4, 2020
Recording yourself could help unlock your best playing yet. Plus, it can help with that cabin fever.
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novtuningup

“This World Sucks, So I Made My Own”

October 2, 2020

We haven’t yet seen roving hordes of Morlocks (or have we?), but at least we’ve got our stompbox “time machines.”


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Even If You Hate Modelers, You Probably Owe 'Em a Debt of Gratitude

September 28, 2020
How first-generation DSP pedals from Line 6, Eventide, and Strymon forced a power-supply revolution.
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Jerry-Rig Iso Box homepage

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.
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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.
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Keith Jarrett: The Köln Concert Last Call homepage

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.
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How to Get Hendrix Tone with Classic Fender Amps

August 24, 2020
How to make a Bassman, Twin, or Super Reverb sound more Experienced.
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Sep20 State of the Stomp Knobs homepage

Close Your Wallet and Open Your Mind

August 20, 2020
That epic new sound you’re seeking might already be on your pedalboard.
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September 20 Esoterica Electric Jol Dantzig Hamer homepage

Jol Dantzig’s Esoterica Electrica: The Doors of Perception

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

August 14, 2020
Interpreting memories, wrangling frequencies, and exploring the importance of well-designed studio rooms.
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Recording Dojo: Understanding Compression, Pt. 2

July 31, 2020
Epic settings for industry-standard compressors.
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