Closeup looks at the mammoth stomp stations used by Bon Jovi, Bloc Party, Johnny Hiland, Living Colour, and Kurt Vile and the Violators.
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Boutique guru Jeff Bober on effects-loop and speaker issues, and diagnosing readers’ Peavey and Hiwatt amps.
From a sparkly ’55 Gretsch to a candy-red Tele Custom, a reverse-fireglo Rick, a ’60 Les Paul, and a rare EB-2 bass—five fine instruments worth coveting.
German “Duke of DIY” Dirk Wacker walks you through five killer “super strat” projects.