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August 2019

ARTICLES

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DryBell Unit67 Review

August 1, 2019
Croatia’s masterful tone tailors use the Urei 1176 compressor and Dallas Rangemaster as inspiration for a super-flexible sound-sculpting machine.
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Quick Hit: Ground Control Tsukuyomi Review

July 29, 2019
Is this midrange booster from Montreal a panacea for getting transparent boosts and ripping leads out of your single-coils?
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Swart Stereo Master 20 Review

July 28, 2019
Think stereo amps are just for fancy delay-pedal addicts? This ingenious/delicious 6V6 design will make you think again.
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Question and Obsession: Box It Up

July 26, 2019
Pinky Doodle Poodle’s George Hattori joins us in naming the album tones we’d want to capture in a stompbox.
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State of the Stomp: When the Freak Becomes Your Friend

July 26, 2019
Don’t just embrace chaos—court it! And sonically leave the planet.
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Blackstar HT20RH MkII Review

July 25, 2019
The English builder’s affordable mid-wattage star gets leaner, meaner, and more versatile.
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Tuning Up: The Tube That’ll Save Your Amp “Marriage”

July 24, 2019
You’re missing out if you haven’t explored the tone-rich world beyond 12AX7s.
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Dial It In: Swapping Tubes

July 23, 2019
Fine-tune your tube amp’s gain structure and headroom by experimenting with preamp and phase-inverter tubes.
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Quick Hit: Teisco Fuzz Review

July 23, 2019
The first fuzz from the newly relaunched brand pumps out mind-searing octave tones.
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Wizard of Odd: Sekova Grecian

July 22, 2019
An axe with an interestingly quirky pickup that gives new meaning to “take the stairs.”
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Acoustic Soundboard: High-Tension Wires

July 21, 2019
Did you know acoustic-string composition requires an intricate balancing act to achieve accurate pitch?
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Last Call: Live, Without a Net

July 16, 2019
Take time to pick the strawberries.
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Quick Hit: Laney Mini-Bass-NX Review

July 15, 2019
What’s smaller than a half-loaf of bread, runs on batteries, and just may inspire you to practice more?
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Audient Sono Review

July 14, 2019
A recording interface packed with guitar-friendly features.
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Tools for the Task: Coiled Cables

July 12, 2019
Ten leads primed to handle the bridge between your guitar and what you’re plugging into—with a twist.
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Solid-State Smackdown: Six Vintage Transistor Amps

July 11, 2019
Silicon sluggers with brains and brawn for stage and studio.
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Reader Guitar of the Month: The Headless Minimalist

July 11, 2019
A Steinberger fan builds guitars out of unlikely materials, including nylon fishing line wrapped around the neck for frets.
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Rocket Surgeon StarLifter Review

July 10, 2019
A combination preamp/DI with a host of goodies takes bass tone-sculpting to celestial heights.
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Doug Wamble’s Folked-Up Jazz

July 9, 2019
Drawing on blues, gospel, bluegrass, and soul, and playing archtop slide, the guitarist mixes American music traditions to create the distinctive sound of his new multi-album project, 9 for ’19.
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Tone Tips: Planning Your Route

July 9, 2019
Parallel versus series routing, and how your choice impacts your effects palette.
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