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March 2021


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Pro Pedalboards 2021

February 25, 2021
No one’s really toured for a year, but that hasn’t stopped us from catching up with guitarists of all stripes to find out what board candy has got them excited. Pandemic be damned! Here are some of the coolest stomp stations from the last year of PG Rig Rundowns.
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Last Call: Monk’s Advice

February 25, 2021
In 1960, saxophonist Steve Lacy played in Thelonious Monk’s band … and took notes for us.
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Eventide Blackhole: The Premier Guitar Review

February 24, 2021
A popular and particularly versatile mode from the Space and H9 processors is now an easy-to-use stompbox all its own.
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Four ’Foils Fit for Fuzz

February 23, 2021
This 4-pickup Kawai Kimberly Deluxe carried the torch into the ’70s for players wanting a space-age axe.
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Pedal Alley 2021: Reader Boards

February 22, 2021
The pandemic has brought guitarists lots more time to tinker with tone toys. Here’s what players all over the world have been putting together in their bunkers.
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Bose L1 Pro8: The Premier Guitar Review

February 22, 2021
Line array sound for the masses!
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Meet My 1965 Super Reverb—The Greatest Amp I've Ever Played

February 21, 2021
Our columnist shares a love story about his longtime passion for the 1965 heavyweight that’s his No. 1.
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Our Favorite Recent Gear Buys

February 19, 2021
Gabriel Sullivan of XIXA joins PG editors and our reader of the month to discuss coolest tone-tool purchases of the last year, as well as current musical obsessions.
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S.G. Goodman’s New American Gothic

February 18, 2021
The Kentuckian singer-songwriter creates her own vision of the rural South in Old Time Feeling, with reverb-drenched guitars, bare-boned arrangements, and an intimate, haunting vocal style that ties the past and present.
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Pros & Cons of Pitched Vs. Straight Headstocks

February 17, 2021
Boutique luthier Jol Dantzig (cofounder of Hamer Guitars) examines the potential perils of different headstock angles and the balance between performance and ease of construction.
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10 Humbucker-Sized P-90s You Should Try

February 16, 2021
Put that router away and say hello to brighter, grittier tone with these drop-in, humbucker-sized single-coils.
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Don’t Shy Away from “Hard Mode”

February 15, 2021
Plug-and-play pedals are fun, but mastering a complex effects box can open the door to brave new worlds of sound. Try it!
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Can This Elf Sit on a Shelf?

February 14, 2021
Yes—and it'll also rattle windows with surprisingly full-sounding low end! The PG Trace Elliot Elf Combo review.
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The Break Dance Behind the Bridge

February 12, 2021
The zen of break angle mechanics and why tone relies more on the tail than the head.
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If Mike Baggetta’s Music Was a Superhero, It Would Be Mr. Fantastic

February 11, 2021
Always stretching, reaching, changing, and absorbing, the jazz maverick talks to PG about creating Main Steam Stop Valve with accomplices Mike Watt and Stephen Hodges.
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Electro-Harmonix Pitch Fork +: The Premier Guitar Review

February 10, 2021
Tame it ain’t, but if smart pitch warping with minimal hassle (and real estate) is your bag, Mike Matthews’ latest is a gem.
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Reader Guitar of the Month: The Beecaster

February 9, 2021
A gigging guitarist in Boston needed a lighter guitar with humbucking support, so he called on a local luthier to build it.
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Keeping Frets on the Level

February 8, 2021
We all know dead strings can compromise our tone, but so can fret wear.
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The Walrus Was Paul

February 7, 2021
The Hofner 500/1 violin bass has been McCartney’s career-long sidekick. Let’s spotlight a 1967 model.
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DIY: Relic’ing Metal Hardware

February 5, 2021
Our series on how to age a guitar, piece by piece, continues. This month we tackle the bridge and strap buttons.
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