• What is tone? (part 2)
    Choosing the right guitar

    August 19, 2016

    In this 4-part feature we’ll be discussing the grandest and most difficult topic of them all. Tone. Just what is tone? What is a good tone and how do you achieve it? I’m sure there are as many answers to this as there are guitarists. In this second part of ...

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  • What is tone? (part 1)

    July 31, 2016

    In this 4-part feature we’ll be discussing the grandest and most difficult topic of them all. Tone. Just what is tone? What is a good tone and how do you achieve it? I’m sure there are as many answers to this as there are guitarists. In this first part we’ll ...

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  • Knowing which pedals to choose for your amp

    April 21, 2016

    Most of us, when we try to describe our favourite guitar tone, use words like smooth, warm, creamy and sustain, but it’s not always that easy to achieve that tone and we even have a tendency to dismiss great sounding equipment simply because we don’t use it right. In this ...

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  • The sounds of Rattle That Lock – the evolution of David Gilmour’s new studio and stage gear

    January 3, 2016

    David Gilmour has just finished off the second leg of the Rattle That Lock tour. His playing and tone is already talked about among fans as among his best. In this feature we’ll look at the recent evolution of David’s rig and tone. David’s new stage rig is a return to ...

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  • How to use reverb

    June 6, 2015

    Reverb is one of the most common effects used by both guitarists and producers. Still, it’s an often misunderstood effect and if used wrong, it can do more harm than good. In this feature we’ll look at different types of reverb and the do’s and don’ts when it comes to ...

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  • Slave to the pedal? How to detox your rig and knowing what you have.

    May 3, 2015

    Are you a slave to your pedals and effects? Aren’t we all? It’s easy to get blinded by all the effects available today. Each pedal seem more irresistible than the other but do we really need them? In this feature we’ll get down to the basics and take a critical ...

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  • 5 tips on becoming a better guitarist

    March 3, 2015

    I get the question all the time “What can I do to become a better guitar player?” We all want to know the secret and find a quick a easy recipe but the truth is that there are no easy answers and there’s certainly no easy way to becoming a ...

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  • The Big Muff tone tutorial

    February 14, 2015

    Whether you’re set on nailing David Gilmour’s huge lead tones or just want something that will make your listeners jump in their seats, you got to love the Big Muff. In this feature you’ll learn how to choose the right Big Muff model for your setup and how to achieve ...

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  • How to get killer tones on your bedroom setup

    August 31, 2014

    Most of us spend a great deal of time playing guitar in either a bedroom or a small home recording studio. Limited space, grumpy neighbours and a patient family makes it hard to really crank that amp. Still, we all want a big and fat tone that has all the ...

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  • How to find the sweetspots in your setup

    July 23, 2014

    What is a sweepspot? The term is often used by musicians and engineers but what does it really mean? Is it just a hype? In this feature we’ll examine the myth and look at different ways to locate and achieve the sweetspot in different situations and environments. The sweetspot is very ...

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  • How do you know what gear to choose? Tracking down reliable information.

    August 2, 2013

    I spend a lot of time reading and searching through forums, reviews, YouTube clips, features and just about everything related to guitar. Hosting this site I have to know what’s going on out there but of course, I’m also, like you, above average interested in guitars, pedals and amps. The ...

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  • Buffers VS True Bypass

    June 25, 2013

    Few topics seems to stir up so much controversy and opinions as whether true bypass or buffered pedals are the best solution for your tone. In this feature we’ll have a look at what’s really going on as well as a few tips on how to arrange your pedalboard. Whether you ...

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  • What is tone? (part 4)
    Setting up your pedalboard

    September 20, 2012

    In this 4-part feature I’m going to look at the grandest and most difficult topic of them all – tone. Just what is tone? What is a good tone and how do you achieve it? I’m sure there are as many answers to this as there are guitarists. In this ...

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  • What is tone? (part 3)
    Setting up your amp

    July 23, 2012

    In this 4-part feature I’m going to look at the grandest and most difficult topic of them all – tone. Just what is tone? What is a good tone and how do you achieve it? I’m sure there are as many answers to this as there are guitarists. In this ...

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  • How to simulate rotating speakers

    March 29, 2011

    I often get questions regarding David’s use of rotating speakers and how this effect can be achieved without actually having to buy a Leslie. Rotating speakers have been an essential part of David’s tone since the early 70s – both on albums and not least in his stage setup. The classic ...

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  • How to set up digital effect processors

    March 14, 2011

    Digital multi effect processors has come a long way the last couple of years and are widely accepted as an alternative to analog stompboxes. I started out with a Korg A4 and a Boss GT3 before settling on pedals. These days my home studio is equipped with a Line 6 ...

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  • How to use volume in your tone

    February 28, 2011

    I get a lot of questions about how to control volume and how to set the amp and pedal volume controls. There’s no easy answer to this because volume isn’t an effect like a distortion and how and why depends very much on your technique and what your rig consists ...

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  • How to choose the right wood for your guitar

    February 7, 2011

    It’s easy to forget that a guitar’s tone is much more than just its pickups and the pedals you use with it. Choosing the right body and neck wood is crucial for getting just the tone you want and having the basics in mind when you’re buying a new guitar ...

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  • How to use your amp’s loop channel

    January 24, 2011

    I get a lot of questions about how to use the loop channel or send/return connections featured on the back panel on most amps. This feature allows you to place one or more effects after the amp’s internal gain stage, – usually modulations (chorus, flanger, phaser) and delays. If these ...

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  • How to achieve sweet singing sustain

    December 13, 2010

    We all want it – that rich violin like sustain David is a master at achieving. It can be a challenge though and a real inspiration killer trying to make your guitar sing and all you end up with is a choked dead tone. In this article we’ll look at ...

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  • How to use equalizers and compressors

    September 7, 2008

    Many of the tone related questions I get is about how to use equalizers and compressors. Well, mostly it’s a matter of trying to locate a problem and the solution often lies in the EQs and compressors. Both can be great tools useful for shaping your tone adding that little ...

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  • Evidence Audio, a Q&A with Tony Farinella

    November 14, 2006

    One of the greatest things that’s happened to my tone are the cables from Evidence Audio. I always thought that my sound was pretty good and I had no idea that the cables I used was actually doing more harm than good. I’ve used all sorts of stuff, like ...

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