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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.

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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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Tone Tips: A Mini-Board Is Born

February 27, 2017
Our tone guru assembles a tiny pedalboard to serve all his sonic needs—no amp required.
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Tone Tips: Thicken It Up!

January 27, 2017
Fatten up your sound with these tried-and-true tone roux recipes.
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Tone Tips: The Power of Plug-Ins

December 20, 2016
Do you want to do the impossible in the studio? There’s an app for that.
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Tone Tips: A Crash Course on Buffers

October 31, 2016
Preserve your core tone by strategically placing a buffer in your signal chain.
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Tone Tips: Echo and the Dirty Amp

October 3, 2016
Pedal order does matter, but cool things can happen when you buck the norm.
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Tone Tips: Make Your Move

August 16, 2016
Location may be more important in music than it is in real estate.
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Tone Tips: Hangin' with Muhammad Ali and POTUS

July 21, 2016
Beyond the obvious perks, playing guitar for a living can lead to some seriously amazing brushes with both famous and regular, everyday people.
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Tone Tips: The Power of Intuitive Thinking

June 28, 2016
Your chops and attitude might be fantastic, but a high degree of intuition is just as important for taking things to the next level.
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Tone Tips: Ask Doctor Pete, Part 2

April 20, 2016
Tips on blending delay with overdrive, HSS Strat wiring, improving picking technique, and more.
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