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May 2015

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Raw Gems: John McCauley of Diamond Rugs

May 14, 2015
Deer Tick’s guitarist/frontman discusses Cosmetics, the new album from his all-star second band.
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Swervedriver

Swervedriver: Shoegazers Ride Again

April 14, 2015
After 17 years of studio silence, Adam Franklin and Jim Hartridge bring back the noise.
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JD McPherson: A Modern Throwback

April 13, 2015
Blues and jazz influences run deep for this retro rock ’n’ roller from Tulsa.
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State of the Stomp: Quiet Time

April 13, 2015
Simple techniques to banish pedalboard noise and hum.
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Quick Hit: Zeppelin Design Labs Percolator Review

April 12, 2015
A 2-watt head that conjures a variety of rootsy tones via an unusual NOS tube
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5 SXSW Bands to Watch in 2015

April 10, 2015
Austin was chock-full of great music this year, but these badass groups distinguished themselves with unique style and infectious energy.
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Bass Bench

Bass Bench: A Funky Tool

April 10, 2015
Inspired by a Peter Gabriel session, Tony Levin’s Funk Fingers bring a drummer’s touch to the bass.
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Taylor 618e Review

April 9, 2015
The re-voiced flagship of Taylor’s maple-backed line delivers dazzling versatility and big bass tones.
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Mod Scientist: BilT Guitars’ Tim Thelen

April 9, 2015
A luthier’s willingness to bastardize a Tele with onboard effects spawned a company that’s grabbed the attention of adventurous players like Brent Hinds, Nels Cline, and Buzz Osborne.
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Dunlop

Quick Hit: Dunlop Cry Baby Mini Wah Review

April 8, 2015
The microscopic new wah sounds huge, feels natural, and offers multiple voicings.
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Noel Gallagher: High Flying Birdman

April 7, 2015
Twenty years after Oasis’s biggest hits, Noel Gallagher isn’t looking back—in anger or otherwise.
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Keeley Bassist Compressor Review

April 7, 2015
Taking the mystery out of compression with a new easy-to-use and solidly built pedal for bassists.
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Tuning Up

Tuning Up: Shatner, Cat Parasites, and the Quest for Mastery

April 6, 2015
How science nerdery makes you a better musician than guitar-god worship.
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Ask Amp Man: Taming a Hiwatt DR-201

April 6, 2015
When it comes to super-powerful tube amps, can you have too much of a good thing?
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Danelectro

Quick Hit: Danelectro '63 Dano Review

April 5, 2015
An incredibly playable reissue of Dano’s classic offset body style.
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GALLERY: SXSW Gear Expo 2015

April 3, 2015
This year's festival had plenty of axes, amps, and stomps for gearheads to dig into.
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Tools for the Task: Acoustic DIs/Preamps

April 3, 2015
Acoustic DI options to help you conquer venue variables.
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10 Ways to Optimize Your Guitar for Under $100

April 2, 2015
Fighting your axe instead of making great music? Review the fundamentals of a great setup with Nashville luthier Tony Nagy.
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Korg

Korg Nuvibe Review

April 2, 2015
Korg’s reimagined Uni-Vibe is enormous in every sense.
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JHS Alpine Reverb Review

April 1, 2015
A high-quality, dual-mode digital reverb with smooth sounds and simple functionality.
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