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September 16, 2016

Written by PGS Staff Single-pickup guitars are seemingly limited by their simple circuitry and depending on where that magnetic engine we call a pickup is located, you may think the whole machine only has one speed. Usually, what you discover when you actually pick up and play a one-pickup wonder is that there is so much you can do with just one pickup, the volume and the tone control. In fact, playing a single-pickup guitar can be a revelation in learning to wangle the most range of tones from your guitar with your physical dynamics instead of flicking selector switches. Today, we are going to check out five of the coolest single-pickup guitars ever and find out what makes them

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September 13, 2016

By PGS Staff We all know the fun part of playing guitar is simply playing it. For many of us, is the proper maintenance is less fun, but is required to keep our instruments in tip-top shape. We’re not saying that there aren’t plenty of tech nerds in the herd, but many of us could stand to implement some best practices when it comes to our instruments. Today, we’re taking a look at your fretboard and your strings—there are a few easy strategies you can implement that will keep your instrument playing great and reduce overall wear and tear. At the outset, let’s talk about storage. Where do you

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September 9, 2016

Written by PGS Staff The “Two types of people” cliché can be found all over the land of guitar: acoustic or electric, Fender or Gibson, and of course: Strat or Tele. There’s no “black or white” in any of those matchups—plenty of us straddle those lines, but I’ll just lay out the straight dope: The Telecaster rules We’re unabashedly biased towards Teles and have been from the get. Collectively, us at PGS have owned a Japanese pink paisley RI, a ’72 custom, ’72 Deluxe, John 5 Triple Tele, and ’69 Thinline and many more. We’re not exactly traditionalists when it comes to Teles—we&rsquo

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September 2, 2016

  It is a common experience for budding guitarists. You hear a song with a guitar part that just blows you away, and you realize that, more than anything, what you really want to do is make music. You get some gear. You practice . . . a lot, maybe even a bit obsessively. You experiment until you find that epic sound, the one with the scooped mids that embodies the awesome power of the guitar even when it is played just by itself. You master a small but ever-growing corner of the music universe. Then you find some guys, or girls, who want to play in a band with you. You set up your gear, count to four, and wonder what happened

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August 30, 2016

Written by PGS staff One of the toughest customer queries we face here at PGS is helping people find the perfect dirt pedal. Everyone has a unique rig, unique abilities, unique ears, etc. There are so many options in the land of dirt (boost, overdrive, distortion, fuzz) to say nothing of the sheer quantity of pedals available. It’s not just about trying to help someone find a needle in a haystack, it’s trying to help them find one specific needle out of the hundred of them hiding in the haystack! Overdrive. Distortion. Fuzz. To get to the bottom of what each

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August 26, 2016

  Congratulations! You got the gig. You know you’re ready. You’ve created a great setlist. Your gear is modified and adjusted to perfection. You’re so well-rehearsed you could play any of your songs perfectly, anytime, anywhere, for any audience. Rock and roll greatness awaits you! What could go wrong? Regardless of your professional level, there are minor snags that can mess up your show or keep the unprepared from doing the gig altogether. Any of them could happen to anyone, and some are likely to happen to you, sooner or later. Fortunately, a little preparation can reduce most of the more predictable setbacks to mere maintenance and save the

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August 23, 2016

Written by PGS staff The lights are low and the song is pumping. The crowd is rowdy and loving every minute of it. Then—BAM!—the spotlight is on you for the guitar solo. The first note sings out and you’re off, galloping away like a rock star and the cheering is deafening. Then the final part, the inverted triad outro to the solo, you hit it and . . . dead silence. It’s so out-of-tune the deaf person in the back is frowning. How did this happen? The guitar was in tune at the beginning of the song. Hell, the guitar is

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August 19, 2016

  By necessity, most of us spend an inordinate amount of time cruising guitars, getting familiar with their specs, window shopping—just being a geek, really. We’re guilty of hyper-focusing on the instrument and practically ignoring other things that are of great importance in the grand scheme of the whole guitar rig.   This week, we’re looking at a critical and often-ignored component in the realm of playing electric guitar: The cables that transmit the signal between the guitar and amp. This component is often barely given a second thought by some players—we’re all guilty—but we can’t be heard without it. Thankfully, there’s room

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