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  • What is Tube Bias? Why Do I Need to Bias New Power Tubes?

    8 comments / Posted by Bruce Ohms

    What is Tube Bias?

    Sometimes we learn to do something without understanding why it is important. For example, these days most players with tube amps know that we have to get our power tubes biased when we replace them. But the reasons why always seem just a bit mysterious because the related folklore among musicians clouds the issue. You could play a tube amp all your life without knowing or caring about the reasons, especially if you have a great tech to maintain it. Still, having a grasp of the general concept can give you more options in fine-tuning your amp's performance. It could also provide just enough information to get through a tube failure in a pinch.

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  • How to Get the Cleanest Possible Sound Out of Your Bass Rig

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    How to Get the Cleanest Possible Sound Out of Your Bass Rig

    We've discussed how to get a killer overdriven bass sound at length in previous articles, but what about all the bassists out there who want a clean sound? Don't worry, we haven't forgotten about you!  For some serious pocket grooving, stripped down, low volume acoustic gigs, or certain styles of music, such a clean tone is indispensable. Whether you're a bassist who likes to play with overdrive looking to clean up your act or a clean bassist who wants to make your sound even cleaner, this article will help you dial in your rig.

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  • Effects Pedals: Using 'Goodie Boxes' Without Covering Up Your Tone

    3 comments / Posted by Bruce Ohms

    Effects Pedals: Using 'Goodie Boxes' Without Covering Up Your Tone

    Think back to when you first started playing the electric guitar. Like most beginners, you probably didn't start with all the equipment you have now. Your student guitar and entry-level practice amp didn't deliver the most inspiring tone. Then you got your first 'goodie box', what the salesmen called a pedal. It was most likely a major event! If one pedal was good, more pedals were better. You started connecting them all, taking them all out every time.  The chain of pedals began, adding noise, degrading your tone and increasing the chances of equipment failure. Now you are ready to get serious and clean up your guitar tone. Here we will take a close look at your pedals and determine whether they are adding as much as they are subtract from your tone.

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  • What a Buffer is and How to Tell if You Need One

    7 comments / Posted by Bruce Ohms

    What a Buffer is and How to Tell if You Need One

    In recent years, true bypass pedals have become a go-to solution for musicians looking to preserve their tone. True bypass pedals directly connect input to output when the pedal is switched off, thereby ensuring that the pedal’s  circuitry does not interfere with the guitar’s original tone when it is not in use. In short, with a true bypass pedal, if it's not on, it's as if the pedal is not there at all. Sounds ideal, right?

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  • The Electric Bassist’s Guide to Surviving an Acoustic Gig

    4 comments / Posted by Bruce Ohms

    The Electric Bassist’s Guide to Surviving an Acoustic Gig

    If you're used to playing electric bass, switching to an acoustic bass for a set can be intimidating. In addition to the technical adjustments you need to make in the move from an electric bass to an acoustic bass, there is also a whole new set of equipment considerations you need to take into account. After all, you can’t show up to that small coffee house gig with your full stack (technically you can, but you might scare the audience away when you load in!)

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