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Must We Restore?

July 20, 2010
Does restoring a vintage instrument really make it better?
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String Myths, Part 1

June 16, 2010
Do thicker strings make you a better player?
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Small Builders with Big Problems

May 18, 2010
Why small gear builders are struggling, and how some are coping
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Making It Work

April 15, 2010
How Project Runway can guide your approach to gear.
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Larry Taylor, Jerry Lee Lewis and Gear that Comes and Goes

March 11, 2010
Gear comes and goes in the most interesting ways, even if you''re Jerry Lee Lewis
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Sherwin Linton, Crib Rods, and the Origins of the B-Bender

February 11, 2010
The tale behind how the B-Bender came to be
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Putting the Hex on Postmodern Pickups

January 14, 2010
The past and future of hexaphonic pickups.
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The Pickup Story, Part III: The Road to the Humbucker

December 17, 2009
Setting the record straight about how and when hum-canceling pickups turned up
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The Pickup Story, Part II: De Armond Guitar Microphones

November 18, 2009
The history of the De Armond pickups found in early Guild, D''Angelico, Epiphone, and Martin guitars, among many other brands.
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The Pickup Story, Part I: the 1920s

September 18, 2009
The early days of pickups: beginning in the late-twenties and early thirties
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How NOT to Play Bass like a Guitar Player Playing Bass

August 19, 2009
Pro bassists weigh in on the differences between how guitarists and bassists approach the instrument
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Fashioning the Dream

June 17, 2009
A look behind the scenes into Seymour Duncan''s marketing man''s head
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Humbuckers and Mini-Humbuckers

April 21, 2009
Looking beyond the standard humbucker to the mini-humbucker, Firebird hubucker and the Johnny Smith humbucker
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P-90 Primer

January 15, 2009
The history behind the fabled P-90
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