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Crafts: Making Your Own Strat With Colored Pencils

You can customize your Strat just like how YouTuber Burls Art did it with 1,200 colored pencils and documented the whole process.
He prepped up the box with wax and arranged the pencils together in it. Everything was bounded up with epoxy resin. He then carved out the shape for the instrument, the routing, hardware, the electronics for the guitar and pickups.
While at it, he sanded it off before painting it to give it a smooth and colorful glaze and feel. Since he used pencils, there were minor touch-ups along the way for the pencils that broke apart while carving it out. To finish it all off, he then sprayed…

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Limited Edition Chris Cornell Tribute ES-335: Gibson’s Tribute Piece To The Soundgarden Frontman

There is no better way to launch a tribute piece but honoring it at a concert! Gibson has released its new limited edition guitar, the Gibson Chris Cornell Tribute ES-335. This piece will officially be released at the concert titled “I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell” honoring the late front man’s legacy and contribution to the music industry. The concert will be held at The Forum in Los Angeles on Wednesday, January 16.

Gain Staging The Amp: What You Need To Know

Usually used in professional audio recordings, gain staging balances the signal chain to achieve maximum headroom and minimal total harmonic distortions (THD). Knowing techniques to gain staging the guitar to get the right amount of breakup for your playing styles that fit well to the songs you play.
You don’t want to get just a clean sound. You also want to keep that character in your play style. Buzz-saw distortions can be found in a cranked pre-amp tube, but if you want the chunky full-bodied crunch, experiment with the pre-amp by adjusting the gain, drive or the volume combined.
With a vintage amp, you have to …