Category Archives: The Tone Garage

The Ambient Guitarist’s Toolkit

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This article will provide a brief history of ambient guitar music and a rundown of the most common tools to get your space on. Continue reading

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So You’re Gonna Make a Record?

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This article explains some preparations needed for the studio, and how you can adapt to the situation once you are there. Continue reading

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Silver Zephyr SPB-1 or Zephyr Voltron

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There are a lot of options in the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop for us bass players. Whether you want something that’s fairly simple (like SPB-3 pole pieces with the SPB-1 wind) or something crazier, the folks at the Custom Shop can make it. With that in mind, when I was spec’ing out the parts for my new bass build, I knew we had to have some very special pickups in it. And it hit me: Continue reading

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Appetite For Destruction: Seymour Duncan Pickups & Guns N’ Roses

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How does Slash get that sweet warm sound? How does Duff McKagan get that booming clarity? Gilby Clarke’s tone? And for the newer fans, how does DJ Ashba get his Les Paul to sound like that? Continue reading

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Top 10 Rock Guitarists That Use Multi-Neck Guitars

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Most guitarists have enough struggle with one neck. However, there are times when you might have to play guitar and bass in the same song, or play delicate fingerpicked intros on a 12 string, and rock out with a great big Rockin’ Guitar Solo on that 6-string in the end. Continue reading

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Jerry Donahue On Telecaster-Style Bridge Intonation

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We asked “Bendmaster of the Telecaster” Jerry Donahue to share some of his secrets for setting up a Telecaster bridge and keeping it properly intonated. Continue reading

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Glossary of Tone Terms

Here’s a handy guide to some of the terms you’ll hear in the guitar universe. Continue reading

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Flatwound Roundtable

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If you’ve read my original bass string primer, you’ll know that there are many different tonal characteristics to be found in the roundwound string realm. Continue reading

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Hey Man, Nice Rack: A Selected History of Rack Effects

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Just like guitars, effects come in all shapes and sizes. For guitarists, the first effects were built right into amplifiers. Continue reading

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The Most Interesting Whammy Bars In the World

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Whammy bars, or more properly called vibrato systems, are one of the oldest methods of manipulating the sound from the electric guitar itself. Continue reading

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