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The Ultimate Musician Gig Survival Checklist

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Don’t play another date without this lifesaving list of gear and tools that could save your butt!

Transform Your Standard Strat Into a Stinging Blues Beast

Tech Tip: Transform Your Standard Strat Into a Stinging Blues Beast

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Whether you’ve got a U.S.-built Standard or an imported Strat, this game-changing pickup upgrade will have you rockin’ the blues like never before!

DIY Guitar? The Pros and Cons of Building Your Own Axe

DIY Guitar? The Pros and Cons of Building Your Own Guitar

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If you’ve ever thought about building your own guitar, start here. We present the advantages and disadvantages of a DIY project—the things to consider before you dive in.

The Care and Feeding of Your Acoustic Guitar

Tech Tip: The Care and Feeding of Your Acoustic Guitar

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Martin experts offer advice on how to keep your acoustic guitar in great condition, maintain playability and correctly install a new set of strings

How to Choose the Right Strings for Your Mandolin

How to Choose the Right Strings for Your Mandolin

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Because different mandolins, playing techniques, and the music genres in which they’re used vary greatly, there’s no single answer to the question which strings are right for you and your instrument. In this guide we’ll walk you through the types of mandolin strings that are available and detail their playing and tonal characteristics.

One thing’s for sure though: a fresh set of well chosen strings will quickly and inexpensively restore the sound of a mandolin that has lost its sonic luster. Like a dirty windshield that you’ve grown accustomed to, putting on a new set of strings (or washing that windshield) will restore the clarity that you hardly had noticed was missing.

Tech Tip: Difference Between Tube and Solid-State Guitar Amps

Tech Tip: What's the Difference Between Tube and Solid-State Guitar Amps?

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Guitar Amps: Learn about the differences between tube, solid-state and hybrid amplifiers.

How to Choose the Right Strings for Your Ukulele

How to Choose the Right Strings for Your Ukulele

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For a tiny investment, a fresh set of quality strings can improve or revive your ukulele’s sound. Many lower-cost ukuleles for sale are shipped with less than optimal strings, and a better quality set can make a surprising difference in their sound. In this guide we will help you choose the set that’s right for your uke.

Hands-On Review: Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster

Hands-On Review: Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster

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It's about time!

Instrument Amplifier Buying Guide

Guitar, Bass and Keyboard Amplifier Buying Guide

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How to Choose the Right Amp for Your Guitar, Bass, or Keyboard

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