Cage Match: Vintage Output vs Hot Single Coils

I read online forums a lot and I always have to laugh to myself when I read that someone wants a chime-filled single coil sound from their hot humbucker, or when someone wonders why their Les Paul sounds nothing like their Strat. True, I didn’t know these answers when I first started, and there were no…

Single Coils That Work Well With Humbuckers

So you’ve been lured by a guitar with the HSS (humbucker/single coil/single coil) pickup configuration. This mullet-of-the-guitar-world (business in the front, party in the rear) is as old, as, well, the mullet. Can you really have it all in one guitar?

Playing in Parallel: The ‘Minor’ Modes

We’ve already looked at the modes of the C major scale, and we’ve also looked at the modes that have that happy, major sound. Now we turn our attention to modes that have a minor third – that is, the third note of the mode itself is 1 1/2 steps from the root.

Substitutions for the I Chord

The last few chord substitution articles focused on the V chord in a standard I- IV-V progression. This one focuses on the I chord, and how we can change the chord that everything always resolves to. I will give a few examples of how we can do this in our rhythm playing and our songwriting….

Chord Substitutions: The Tritone

Ah, the diabolus in musica: ‘The Devil in Music’ it was called centuries ago. The tritone interval was considered so dissonant that it led to stories of singers in the church being banned from using it. While kinda cool, stories like that are likely not true; in fact, the tritone was used in many Baroque…

How I Chose the Parts to Build My Dream Guitar

After reading Jay Hale’s excellent article about building a guitar from parts, I decided that it was time for me to take the plunge too. I’ve admired the necks and bodies from Warmoth Custom Guitar and Bass Parts for well over 20 years, yet never tried to build one myself. I wanted to build something different…

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