December 2019

December 2019

ARTICLES

Reader Guitar of the Month: Scrap Steel

November 24, 2019
A sound designer decides to build an electric baritone lap steel out of discarded timber and leftover guitar parts.
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Question and Obsession: Drop the Beat

November 22, 2019
Chris Shiflett of Foo Fighters joins us in discussing flavorful hip-hop and R&B guitarists.
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Godin Metropolis LTD Review

November 22, 2019
High quality, classy design, and adaptable L.R. Baggs Anthem electronics yield an intriguing mid-priced dreadnought.
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Tone Tips: How to Learn Songs Smart and Fast

November 21, 2019
If you’re heading into some intense woodshedding, why not make it easier?
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Paradox Futura Review

November 20, 2019
A Jekyll and Hyde of modulation uses envelope-driven dynamics to open up pretty-to-twisted chorus frontiers.
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Last Call: Will Sell Out, Make Offer

November 19, 2019
The dichotomy of artistic freedom and selling out, and the difference between making a living and making a life.
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EBS MicroBass 3 Review

November 18, 2019
This versatile outboard preamp/DI combines the flavors of two classic amps for tone-sculpting nirvana.
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State of the Stomp: Do I Need a Loop Switcher on My Pedalboard?

November 18, 2019
Tone suck or lifesaver? Here’s how to decide if you can bear the cost—both economic and sonic—of this fancy technology.
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Quick Hit: Prescription Electronics C.O.B. Review

November 17, 2019
The boutique 1990s octave-fuzz is back, with mouthwatering tones and improved pedalboard friendliness.
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Tools for the Task: Say Wah?

November 15, 2019
Rhythm or lead, are you properly getting your wah on?
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Quick Hit: Spaceman Polaris Review

November 15, 2019
Creative filtering options make an uncommonly versatile overdrive.
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Album Spotlight: Jack Barksdale’s Live from Niles City

November 14, 2019
A 12-year-old guitar talent writes and plays songs from the heart.
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Wizard of Odd: Doina Seranada

November 14, 2019
This Romania-built, communist-era axe takes some obvious cues from Italian and Japanese guitars of the ’60s, but has a look all its own.
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Chase Bliss Dark World Review

November 13, 2019
A smorgasbord of reverb tones, from familiar to freakazoid.
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Billy Strings: The Long Road Home

November 12, 2019
On his second solo album, flatpicking wunderkind Billy Strings continues to push boundaries, bend genres, and blaze on his amplified flattop—all while on a journey of self-discovery.
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Quick Hit: Sennheiser XSW-D Pedalboard Set Review

November 12, 2019
Unleash yourself from the shackles of cords and roam the stage in style.
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Ernie Ball Music Man Short-Scale StingRay Review

November 11, 2019
A classic bass gets a short-scale makeover, but doesn’t come up short anywhere else.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Bling Versus Sound and Feel

November 11, 2019
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but a guitar should foremost be a player.
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Comins GCS-16-2 Review

November 8, 2019
A relatively affordable archtop from a high-end artisan.
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Bass Bench: From Friction Peg to Machine Head

November 8, 2019
Exploring the evolution of tuning machines, breaking down the importance of weight, placement, and gear ratios.
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