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Last Call: Trust Me or Fire Me

October 16, 2018
In music, movies, and maybe even life, a little faith in skill and talent makes for a better result.
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Signal to Noise: Mastering Reactive-Load Technology

October 15, 2018
With analog cab and mic simulation, you can capture the raw tone—and feel—of a raging tube amp at any volume in the studio or onstage.
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Bass Bench: The World of Finishes

October 12, 2018
Wood requires protection—especially from moisture—and there are many ways to get the job done.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Identity and Authenticity

October 8, 2018
Does that beautiful battle-worn axe in the window have tales to tell from stage work, or from bench work? And does it matter?
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Tuning Up: Get out of Your Tone Lab, Poindexter

October 3, 2018
Sometimes the Information Age + the Golden Age of Gear simply adds up to … bluuuuuuuuuuurgh.
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On Bass: Metronome Manipulations

October 1, 2018
Diving deeper into metronome work to develop a low-end groove you can be proud of.
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Tuning Up: Pedal Issues

September 18, 2018
PG’s head honcho gets all teary-eyed about the stomps whose tones have lodged in his head from years of gear reviews.
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Last Call: Maybe This Gig Is Not for You

September 13, 2018
A takeaway from the saga of Stevie Ray Vaughan and David Bowie.
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On Bass: Improve Your Groove

August 20, 2018
If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime of ignoring your metronome.
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State of the Stomp: Virtually Real, or Really Virtual?

August 19, 2018
Why stompboxes survive in a world of modeling and emulators.
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Signal to Noise: Slave to the Sound

August 15, 2018
Explore the reactive load box and the role it plays in reamplification.
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The 411 on Acoustic Guitar DIs

August 14, 2018
Crawl under the hood of the magic boxes that make you sound awesome through club PAs, venue mixing boards, and studio consoles.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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State of the Stomp: Context Is King

July 30, 2018
No tone is an island.
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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.
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