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January 2019

ARTICLES

Seymour Duncan Fooz Review

December 14, 2018
Filtering, fuzz, and modulation meet to make a powerful and petite synth for guitar.
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Fifty Years of Filth: The Story of the Mighty Tone Bender Fuzz

December 13, 2018
Zeppelin and Yardbirds recordings made it legendary, but the famous stompbox’s many iterations can be head-spinning. Here’s how to make sense of it all—and how to shop for one of the many clones.
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Question and Obsession: Upside-Down Frown

December 13, 2018
Julien Baker of boygenius joins us in discussing songs that lift our spirits.
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Tone Tips: Attitude Equals Impact

December 12, 2018
Phil X talks about the approach, technique, and attitude needed for standing out and getting the gig.
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Brandon Seabrook’s Noisy Journey

December 11, 2018
Armed with a beat-up Telecaster and an unrelenting vision, one of jazz’s most unique guitarists creates a challenging new album, Convulsionaries, with a drummer-less trio.
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Sadowsky MetroExpress Review

December 11, 2018
A premium brand unveils a new model with an accessible price of entry.
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Quick Hit: Ananashead Meteorite

December 10, 2018
An inexpensive, sturdy silicon Fuzzrite hits the biker-fuzz bull’s-eye.
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Last Call: Adaptation

December 10, 2018
In an ever-changing world, it’s evolve, resist, or both.
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Wizard of Odd: Stella—A Story of Strange Solidbodies

December 9, 2018
You may know that Charley Patton, Lead Belly, and Doc Watson played Stella acoustics built in New Jersey in the 1930s, but these oddball post-WWII electrics hail from Tokyo.
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Mattoverse Electronics Inflection Point Review

December 7, 2018
A wide-ranging wobble box—and compelling analog/digital hybrid.
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Bass Bench: Marketing Madness

December 7, 2018
People want to sell the gear they make—that’s A-OK. But how far will some stretch the truth to make the sale?
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Behemoth’s Adam “Nergal” Darski: Shades of Black

December 6, 2018
The influential extreme-metal frontman on I Loved You at Your Darkest and why flouting the genre’s mores is essential to its survival.
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Dunable SplatterBlaster Review

December 6, 2018
Two fuzzes, one box—and zillions of tones.
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Tuning Up: The Vintage Legitimization Myth

December 5, 2018
Why do we love the lusted-after gear of yore? It’s a lot more complicated than we’d like to think.
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Tone King Sky King Review

December 4, 2018
A shape-shifting evolution of Mark Bartel’s original design dishes scads of tone and performance possibilities.
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State of the Stomp: Save Your Dreams, Slay the Dragon

December 4, 2018
A lesson in how to adapt, survive, and thrive.
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Larkin Poe: Sisters in Sound

December 3, 2018
Rebecca and Megan Lovell expand their musical boundaries while stripping down their delivery on Venom & Faith.
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On Bass: Handmade Tone

December 3, 2018
Most of us understand that much of our tone comes from our hands, but exactly how much is open to debate.
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Eastman T64/v Review

November 30, 2018
Vintage thinline sounds abound in an impressively relic’d and smooth-playing hollowbody.
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Mod Garage: How to Shield Humbucking Pickup Covers

November 30, 2018
Metal covers offer shielding, but they also rob high end. Is there a way to get around this and have the best of both worlds?
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