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January 2021

ARTICLES

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The Twisted Life of Larry Schemel

January 14, 2021
The Death Valley Girls guitarist smashes the psychedelic button with cheap gear, mad abandon, and a finely tuned ear for the radically wild.
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Last Call With Gratitude Photo homepage

Last Call: With Gratitude

January 8, 2021
I met my guitar teacher, Mike Hoover, when I was in 8th grade. Forty years later, I’m still learning from him.
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Reader Guitar of the Month: A National Treasure

January 7, 2021
A reader strikes gold when his mom finds a rare 1955 Town and Country for $40 at a garage sale.
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Wendy Eisenberg’s Genre Hopping

January 6, 2021
The experimental guitarist explores multiple approaches to genre and technique through inventive playing and clever songcraft on the new album Auto.
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Finding Perfect Tones in Imperfect Amps

January 5, 2021
Your signature Fender sound could be just a tweak or twist away.
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Serek the Grand 4-string bass review homepage

Blast from the Badass Past

January 4, 2021
With funky-cool looks, a comfy short scale, and built-in fuzz, this 4-string is a whole lotta cool. The PG Serek Grand bass review.
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Could “Eruption” Have Been Conceived on a Teisco?

January 4, 2021
This ’60s solidbody is exceptionally cool, but knowing it’s the same model Sir Edward started out on makes it much cooler.
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Recording Dojo: How to Get Big Sounds from Little Amps

January 3, 2021
You can get a surprising amount of tonal variety simply by getting creative with mic placement.
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10 Octave Pedals to Audition

January 1, 2021
An octave stomp can open creative doors in myriad ways—from adding muscle to your sound to unleashing octave-fuzz assaults, simulating a 12-string, and more.
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Thurston Moore’s Anthems for the New World

December 31, 2020
The new album By the Fire, featuring Moore’s 6-string "secret weapon" James Sedwards, unleashes a psychedelic blast of Jazzmaster-fueled positivity.
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Tsakalis AudioWorks Molecular Boost review homepage

When Is a Boost More Than a Boost?

December 30, 2020
The answer is only a DIP switch—or two—away. The PG Tsakalis AudioWorks Molecular Boost review.
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Pedal Transparency homepage

What Does It Even Mean When We Say a Pedal Is "Transparent"?

December 29, 2020
The term gets thrown around so much it's almost meaningless. Let's see if we can wrap our heads around it a little better!
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Maxon 808 Overdrive review homepage

Maxon’s Elegant Spin on the TS808

December 28, 2020
The father of the Tube Screamer dishes a refined take on the pedal that propelled an overdrive revolution with the Apex 808.
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Esoterica Electrica Chambered Body Electric Guitar homepage

Weighing In on Body Density

December 28, 2020
To chamber or not to chamber—and is a heavier guitar really heavier?
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What's the First Thing You Do to a New Guitar?

December 27, 2020
Suuns guitarist Joe Yarmush joins PG editors and our Reader of the Month to talk new guitars and musical obsessions.
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Does a Solidbody Bass' Unplugged Tone Matter? Pt. 2

December 25, 2020
More on why an electric 4-string’s acoustic sound might not predict its plugged-in performance.
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Nile Rodgers homepage

Nile Rodgers—The Emperor of “Chuck”

December 24, 2020
The funk-guitar god opens up about cancer, social justice, and the kaleidoscopic 50-year career he’s forged with his fabled “Hitmaker” Strat.
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MXR Tremolo review homepage

MXR Tremolo: The Premier Guitar Review

December 24, 2020
Immersive sounds and a nice price make this fine modulator a multi-trem for the masses.
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January 2021 Tuning Up homepage

Help—I’m Scrolling and I Can’t Get Up!

December 23, 2020
How to cope if coronavirus is sapping your motivation to play.
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Gibson Lukas Nelson ’56 Les Paul Junior: The Premier Guitar Review

December 21, 2020
Design economy doesn’t stand in the way of delicious, wide-ranging tones on this straight-ahead rock machine.
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