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January 2019

ARTICLES

Reggie Young: 1936–2019

January 18, 2019
The king of the intro hook helped author the 6-string sound of Memphis soul with his classic licks, and crystallized country guitar in the ’70s and ’80s, with his trusty ’57 Strat, ’69 Tele, and Gibson ES-335.
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Ariel Posen Steps Out with 'How Long'

January 18, 2019
The highly respected sideman, slide man, and gear-demo star makes the transition to frontman and songwriter with his debut solo album.
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Squier Contemporary Active Jazz Bass HH Review

December 18, 2018
With this new workhorse, adding a double dose of humbucker to the Jazz formula equals a whole lotta bass.
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Quick Hit: Dophix Nettuno Review

December 17, 2018
Looking for violin-toned fuzz? This halo-wearing silicon fuzz from Florence makes it a cinch to dial.
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Signal to Noise: Demystifying the Tube Rectifier

December 16, 2018
Exactly how does this glowing bottle affect your tone?
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Tools for the Task: Guitar Racks

December 14, 2018
Fun fact: Instruments that are out of their cases and convenient to grab will probably get more playing time.
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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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