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You may have heard of the phrase ‘bedroom tone’ – usually applied as an insult: “Man, that guitarist had a sweet Tele Custom, but the worst bedroom tone I ever heard”. There can be a lot of misunderstanding as regards amp equalization & what constitutes good tone, and it’s my opinion that knowing how your amplifier works is as essential as knowing how to tune your guitar. For bass players, it is often difficult to be heard alongside even one good-sized guitar amplifier, let alone a pair of Marshall/Mesa/HiWatt stacks set to 11! Read the rest of this entry »

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A while ago I picked up a nice 1970s tobacco-burst Suzuki Les Paul copy from a pawnbroker – back in the days when I knew nothing about guitars, basically. The hardware is pretty worn out, the binding has yellowed – I’d say the guitar has seen a lot of use in sweaty, smoky clubs! I pulled her apart, intending to replace the hardware & make her more playable again. Unfortunately, she then languished in a disembowelled state for a year or two. I found the enormous sustainer thread on the Project Guitar forums, and knew what I wanted to do with her… but first, I had to salvage what I could from the original components. Read the rest of this entry »