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  1. The Two Faces of the Telecaster

    Different worlds, same guitar: The Telecaster in the hands of (clockwise from upper left) Jimmy Bryant (circa early 1950s), John 5, Marty Stuart and the Smithereens’ Jim Babjak. Thoughts on the musically fascinating double life of Fender’s original electric guitar. If there was ever a guitar with a split personality, it’s the Telecaster. One the one hand, it’s universally regarded...
  2. TECH TIPS: Pedal Troubleshooting & Maintenance 101

    Most guitarists spend the majority of their time learning, practicing and performing with their instrument. This is as it should be. But if you play an electric, then a certain amount of time and attention is required to optimize your gear. Working all the knobs and switches is one thing, but occasionally more than basic operation will be required, especially...
  3. TECH TIPS: Pickup School

    It can be difficult, confusing as hell to the untrained ear and possibly expensive, depending on your budget. How can you tell (in advance) what pickup will be right for the sound you want? If you don't already know, then you simply can't answer this question without help or a lot of work. You will have to rely on someone...
  4. EVH Wolfgang Special Electric Guitar Review

    The name Eddie Van Halen stands for a lot more than just otherworldly guitar playing. It’s also synonymous with technical innovation and intuition, and for good reason. Eddie’s keen sense for the building blocks of tone not only helped revolutionize the way that people played guitar, but how they built them. Eddie’s name has graced a few excellent signature products...
  5. TECH TIPS: 5 Things About Guitar Cables

    THIS IS YOUR LIFELINE. Your umbilical cord. Your main vein. Well, you get the picture. Call it a lead, a cord, or a cable, whatever— that sheathed, shielded wire is a vital link in the tone chain. However marvelous and expensive your guitar, amp, and pedals, none of it will sound very good with a poorly made cable carrying your...