Category Archives: The Tone Garage

Cage Match: Buying New vs. Buying Used

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You know the deal. You can afford to buy that awesome piece of gear brand new, but you scour the interwebs looking for The Deal. The Deal might as well be unobtainium, especially after checking out Ebay, Craigslist, Reverb.com, and the big chains’ used inventory. We have all heard of that 60′s Fender under Grandfather’s bed that has been there for 50 years, but few have ever seen it. Rarer still is the little ol’ lady that ‘just wants it gone’ and will sell it to you for what the receipt in the case says (from 1964). This article will explain some pros and cons of buying new and buying used, and when you might consider one over the other. Continue reading

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Jackson Pro DK2M Dinky Limited Run Yellow Tiger

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Jackson has just added another guitar to its range of instruments with 80s-inspired finishes: the new Yellow Tiger. Continue reading

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ESP’s 40th Anniversary Exhibition Limited 2015 Collection

ESP celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2015, and they’ve unveiled the 40th Anniversary Exhibition Limited 2015 collection of very special guitars and basses designed to showcase the skills and creativity of their craftsmen and the quality of the materials they work with. Continue reading

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Changing the Tone of Your Wah Pedal

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The wah pedal is a long-standing fixture on many pedalboards. The Cry Baby wah was the very first pedal I bought – and I still have it – but I’ve always preferred a “darker” tone in my wah sound. I find that when you “open up” the Cry Baby (toe down position), it’s too “pitchy.” Yes, I know, that’s not a word, but anyone who has run into the high-pitched squeals of an open Cry Baby wah knows exactly what I’m talking about. I could have replaced my wah pedal with something darker, but like many guitarists I didn’t want to spend $250 on another piece of gear. Correction: I wanted to spend the money on gear, but I can only hide so many guitar-related purchases a year, and adding another wah pedal seemed redundant. Continue reading

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What To Consider When Looking For New Guitar Pickups

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Buying a pickup can be as easy as looking at a few videos, hearing a few sound clips, and getting a few recommendations from friends. But with pickup companies like Seymour Duncan making hundreds of different pickups, an educated consumer will be the happiest consumer. Continue reading

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Guitar Anatomy (Parts of an Electric Guitar)

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There are so many little parts on an electric guitar that when you’re a beginner it can be a daunting task to figure out what each part is for! It never hurts to take a closer look at anything, so why not dive into the anatomy of an electric guitar? Continue reading

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How To Make A Hybrid Humbucker

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I’ve spoken a lot about hybrid humbuckers of the last few years. I talked about how I go about matching coils together, I talked about some of my favorite hybrids, and now I’m gonna give ‘you the keys to the Lamborghini’ by showing you how I make a hybrid! Continue reading

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Best Pickups For Ibanez Guitars

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Although I consider it my duty as a guitarist to own a Strat, Tele and Les Paul (and some day an ES-335 please, Santa), I have plenty of experience with all sorts of Ibanez guitars and all sorts of Seymour Duncan pickups. So I thought it might be fun to share some of what I’ve found. Continue reading

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Anatomy Of A Humbucker

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Maybe you’ve always wondered what some parts of a humbucker do, maybe you want to get some solid ground under your feet before attempting a magnet swap or maybe even a hybrid, or maybe you’re simply curious. In any case, I want to make this article your stepping stone. Continue reading

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Guitar Pickups For Blues

There’s nothing quite like playing the blues. Every note, phrase and hint of vibrato rings out soul. And there’s nothing like seeing a good blues guitarist in concert like BB King, Robert Cray, Gary Clark. Jr, Joe Bonamassa – the list goes … Continue reading

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