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March 2018

ARTICLES

Cheap Thrills! 12 Hacks Under $12

February 16, 2018
It’s easy to repurpose everyday items to help you maintain your equipment and play better. Just learn to think sideways.
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Quick Hit: Seafoam Pedals Lighthouse

February 16, 2018
A boost that’s more than a boost.
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Epiphone Embassy PRO Review

February 15, 2018
A classic Epi bass from the ’60s is reimagined and reissued with a price that harkens back to the same era.
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Mod Garage: The Sound of Silence

February 14, 2018
Here’s how to adapt the cool humbucker coil-splitting scheme found in Fender’s Select Carved Top Jazzmaster to your guitar.
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Peter Parcek: Earthy to Ethereal

February 13, 2018
Mustering an army of guitars, amps, and stompboxes, this dirt-pedal fiend explores the frontiers of blues on his new album, Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven.
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Orange Fur Coat Review

February 13, 2018
A classic octave fuzz design revived.
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Dunlop Geezer Butler Cry Baby Review

February 12, 2018
A rock-bass pioneer gets one of his signature tone spices bottled up in a new wah pedal.
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Bass Bench: The Mystery of Aging Strings

February 11, 2018
What causes our strings to lose their upper frequencies over time?
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Chellee Compy Review

February 9, 2018
A Ross/Dyna Comp variant with all the mods—and a remarkably low price.
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Buffalo Tom: “Lonely Fast and Deep” Song Premiere

February 9, 2018
Seasoned and wiser, one of Boston’s finest early indie bands proves it hasn’t lost its step.
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Mike Gordon: Hooks, Bass Lines, and Thinkers

February 8, 2018
On his fifth solo album, OGOGO, the Phish low-ender trips the light fantastic with flashy LED-equipped 5-strings and a newfound appreciation of pop simplicity.
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Tuning Up: Mattress Practice (Not As Tawdry As It Sounds)

February 8, 2018
How mental woodshedding can lead to better tones, riffs, songs, and … sleep?
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Hagstrom Fantomen Review

February 7, 2018
A legendary Swedish axe maker teams with Swedish metal merchants Ghost to deliver a thunderous and surprisingly adaptable solidbody.
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Lee Sklar: “Everything I Do Is Etched in Mud.”

February 6, 2018
From whole-note hoedowns to fusion freak-outs, the bass legend talks about his genre-jumping career cutting tracks for James Taylor, Billy Cobham, Carole King, Clint Black, Phil Collins, Warren Zevon, and many others.
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Wizard of Odd: “Tiki Mask” Prestige Electrics

February 5, 2018
What was up with instrument design in 1968? Far-out, dude.
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Quick Hit: Guild Jumbo Junior Bass

February 4, 2018
An acoustic bass that’s easy to transport, has big tones, is well constructed, and priced right.
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Tools for the Task: Ring Modulators

February 2, 2018
Take a walk on the wild side—or an interesting float trip through deep space—with the dark magic of a ring modulator.
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The Recording Guitarist: The Match Game

February 2, 2018
You can’t steal someone else’s audio. But you can swipe their EQ.
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Hannah Wicklund’s Coming of Age

February 1, 2018
A bandleader since she was 9, the 20-year-old guitarist goes deeper on her self-titled new blues-rock album with her trio, the Steppin Stones.
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Quick Hit: Lehle Mono Volume 90

February 1, 2018
Seventies sneaker vibes meet 21st-century fidelity and flexibility in this quality German design.
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