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July 2015

ARTICLES

Ask Amp Man: Fattening Up a Fender Super-Sonic 60

June 9, 2015
Simple circuit tweaks to fatten the vintage channel and balance the burn channel.
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Quick Hit: Kala 5-String SUB U-Bass

June 7, 2015
A 5-string bass whose big sound belies its small size.
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Acoustic Roundup: Small-Bodied Smash Hits

June 5, 2015
PG tests three astoundingly versatile acoustics from Taylor, Martin, and Larrivée.
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Tools for the Task: Clip-On Tuners

June 5, 2015
Ten clip-on tuners to keep your axe sounding sweet.
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David Torn: Alone at Last

June 4, 2015
The sonic adventurer and Bowie collaborator happily dissects his first album of solo-guitar material, a genre-defying, fuzz- and reverb-soaked mix of free-form expression—but don’t call it “experimental”!
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Staff Picks: Take Two

June 3, 2015
There’s always more than one way to approach a tune. This month guitarist Adam Levy joins PG editors and our Reader of the Month to discuss cover songs we prefer over the originals.
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Quick Hit: Seymour Duncan 805

June 2, 2015
A versatile 808-style stomp that covers a lot of ground.
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Soaring Aloft: Psych Fest 2015

June 2, 2015
Austin’s Levitation, aka “Psych Fest,” celebrates the resurgence of adventurous, guitar-infused outlier tunage.
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Dream Studios M5 Review

June 1, 2015
Whether you favor passive or active electronics, this bold 5-string has you covered.
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Tone Tips: Dialing in Your Gear for Great Sound

June 1, 2015
Some easy tricks for coaxing primo timbres from your guitars, amps, and pedals.
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Tuning Up: The Infantilization of Guitar (or “Hulk Fight Robot. Hulk RAD!”)

May 31, 2015
How to avoid dumbing-down your playing and honor the true spirit of your heroes.
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Wren and Cuff Gold Comp Review

May 29, 2015
A germanium compressor/preamp—and a magical tone masseuse.
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Bass Bench: Amplifying an Acoustic Bass Guitar

May 29, 2015
Why do most bassists opt for a contact pickup on their acoustic axe?
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The Word: The Long-Awaited Return of a Roots-Rock Supergroup

May 28, 2015
Slide masters Robert Randolph and Luther Dickinson discuss Soul Food, the Word’s first release in 14 years.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Putting Recently Outdated Guitars to Work

May 28, 2015
Vintage guitars continue to fetch high dollar, but there are true bargains to be had with recently used guitars.
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Ask Amp Man: Beefing Up a Vintage Fender Vibrolux Reverb

May 27, 2015
Can you turn a vintage Fender Vibrolux Reverb into a mini Super Reverb?
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Dwight Yoakam: Seconds of Pleasure

May 26, 2015
The hillbilly rocker riffs on songwriting, reckless recording, and the integrity of musical imperfection.
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On Bass: Prep Like a Pro

May 26, 2015
Try a form chart to help you learn a song inside and out.
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Fender American Standard Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker Review

May 25, 2015
A versatile humbucker/single-coil Strat with pickups by tone guru Tim Shaw.
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James Blackshaw: Best Hand Forward

May 25, 2015
On his new album, the British fingerstylist embraces nylon strings, songcraft, and vocals.
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