November 2018

Tone Tips

In our monthly Tone Tips blog, L.A.-based guitarist Peter Thorn shares his wealth of real-world knowledge by offering up useful gear and tone advice for both aspiring road dogs and studio cats.

ARTICLES

Tone Tips: The Powerhouse Pedalboard

November 13, 2018
Our resident tone guru offers sound hardware solutions for your pedalboard, with versatility and ease front of mind.
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Tone Tips: Tweak Talk

October 14, 2018
Installing new pickups is, of course, a valid option if you’re not satisfied with a guitar’s tone, but tweaking elsewhere could get you where you want to be and save dollars.
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Tone Tips: Gig Tips for the Social Media Generation

September 14, 2018
Your blistering solo is amazing, but can you play it standing up, while grooving with a band, and in front of people?
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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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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.
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Tone Tips: Learning to Fly Solo

June 3, 2018
With his second solo effort soon to be released, our career gun-for-hire columnist waxes poetic on the creative benefits of going it alone.
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Tone Tips: Blurring Lines

May 16, 2018
Guitarists are already living in a brave new world of effects and guitar-related technology, so where is it going next?
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Tone Tips: Volume, Dynamics, Guitar

April 12, 2018
Let the guitar be the instrument it was meant to be, which is not a synthesizer.
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Tone Tips: Takeways from Winter NAMM 2018

March 12, 2018
Always on the lookout for the latest tone tools, Pete Thorn makes his annual pilgrimage to DisneyNAMM to find innovation is alive and well in guitar land.
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Tone Tips: Curing Tone Issues with Practice

January 23, 2018
Practicing is a good thing, but practicing more effectively may reap rewards faster.
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Tone Tips: You Have Everything You Need

December 28, 2017
Before chasing down the latest and greatest gear, take inventory of what you already have. You might be surprised where it can take you.
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Tone Tips: Guitar in the Social-Media Era

December 10, 2017
Love it or hate it, tech is part of the guitar universe and here to stay, so make it work for you—not against you.
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Tone Tips: Effecting the Future

November 6, 2017
Scratching the surface of an eternal question for guitarists: What is left to discover in the guitar-effect universe?
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Tone Tips: Remembering Chris Cornell

October 12, 2017
A few tips and memories from our columnist’s time with his late friend and bandmate.
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Tone Tips: Is Rock Guitar Eating Itself?

August 31, 2017
Rock ’n’ roll will never die, but it does take extended naps from time to time.
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Tone Tips: Quick Pointers for Recording and Mixing Acoustic Guitar

July 2, 2017
You might be totally in sync with your home-recording rig, but tracking acoustic guitar presents some unique challenges and there are guidelines to follow.
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Tone Tips: Is Political Correctness Neutering the Guitar?

June 14, 2017
Rock ’n’ roll is far from dead, but is it as bold and experimental as it used to be?
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Tone Tips: The Company You Keep

May 18, 2017
No worn-out clichés about the power of networking here—just some sound advice on landing your next better gig or helping a friend land his or hers.
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Tone Tips: Ask Doctor Pete, Part 3

April 13, 2017
Our resident tone specialist takes on questions about reverb, metal-appropriate overdrives, and selecting a pedal-friendly tube amp.
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Tone Tips: The Two-Way Street of Endorsements

March 27, 2017
Pete Thorn answers readers' questions on the changing world of gear-sponsorship deals
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