Gear talk for the GAS-afflicted.

Tube Screamer Tone-Off – EHX East River Drive vs Visual Sound Route 808

Tube Screamer Tone-Off – EHX East River Drive vs Visual Sound Route 808

Jul 13, 2014

You can hardly say the words “overdrive pedal” without the legendary Ibanez Tube Screamer coming to mind. That little green box in all its various incarnations over the years has played a pivotal role in countless legendary tones across a host of musical genres. From country to blues to shred, the Tube Screamer has boosted, sculpted and filtered its...

Review: MI Audio Pollyanna Octave/Synth – Beautiful Bleepity Bloop

Review: MI Audio Pollyanna Octave/Synth – Beautiful Bleepity Bloop

Jul 5, 2014

MI Audio are a company who are generally known for making great overdrive pedals. From the hardworking Boost n Buff to their superb new Super Crunch Box, all the way to the hulking high gain Megalith Distortion, drives have always formed the core of their effects range. Every once in awhile, though, founder Michael Ibrahim (the MI in MI Audio, of course) gets...

EHX Wars: Episode 1 – Soul Food (or Return of the Klons??)

EHX Wars: Episode 1 – Soul Food (or Return of the Klons??)

May 25, 2014

Tone aficionados kept telling EHX’s Mike Matthews about a pedal that had achieved a lot of buzz because it was only obtainable at an exorbitant price. That pedal was the KLON CENTAUR. A believer in bringing great tools to starving musicians, Mike tasked his trusty team to create an affordable alternative, and that is how the SOUL FOOD was cooked up. The SOUL...

Review: MI Audio Super Crunch Box – From Plexi to Pure Mayhem

Review: MI Audio Super Crunch Box – From Plexi to Pure Mayhem

Mar 23, 2014

The original MI Audio Crunch Box is probably one of the most cloned stompboxes out there, and if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then it must certainly have earned its place among the ranks of other oft-copied classic stompboxes like the Fulltone OCD, MXR Phase 90 or Ibanez Tubescreamer. That being said, personally, I was never much of a fan. I...

Seymour Duncan Releases The Vapor Trail Analog Delay

Seymour Duncan Releases The Vapor Trail Analog Delay The Vapor Trail is a true analog delay pedal using the famed Bucket Brigade Devices (BBDs), giving the pedal an authentic, vintage sound with warmth, fullness and depth, but with an immense clarity that keeps it from getting lost in the mix. Responsive modulation controls add shimmer and movement to your...

Bogner Uberschall Pedal – Sonic Boom in a Box

Bogner Uberschall Pedal – Sonic Boom in a Box

Aug 18, 2013

Bogner Amplification have done a cool thing recently. Realizing that for many guitarists, amps like the Uberschall and Ecstasy are holy grail amps that sit just out of reach due to financial constraints, they’ve gone ahead and distilled those classic tones into three larger than life stompboxes that represent the core of the Bogner legend –...

Help Empress Effects name their new pedal!

Empress need your help naming their new pedal! Details below, but also check out our recent review of John Petrucci’s signature chorus/vibrato/flanger… The Dreamscape! Help us name our new pedal! We have a new pedal almost finished.  The only thing left is to name it!   It’s a chorus, vibrato and flanger pedal all in one that will have 9 total...

The Dreamscape – John Petrucci’s new TC Electronics Chorus/Flanger/Vibrato pedal!!

The Dreamscape – John Petrucci’s new TC Electronics Chorus/Flanger/Vibrato pedal!!

May 28, 2013

This week we have a very special guest reviewer – Mark Hunter, the lead guitarist of up-and-coming hard rock band Setting Fire to Stacey, a band that is currently making waves in the local music scene with their first single “Something Out of Nothing”, currently airing on radiowaves near you… Hey folks! Let me start off with an...

Mad Professor Golden Cello (Fuzz + Delay) – a mad good idea!

Mad Professor Golden Cello (Fuzz + Delay) – a mad good idea!

May 5, 2013

How is it that no one has ever thought to combine an overdrive and a delay pedal together? Well, Mad Professor from Finland have done just that – and by god, it’s a game changer. As the name implies, the Golden Cello is meant to give you sweet, smooth, violin/cello style lead tones, packed with singing harmonics, and with a lush tape echo/delay...

Mooer Pitch Box – Pitches Be Crazy!

Mooer Pitch Box – Pitches Be Crazy!

Apr 5, 2013

Hello Samurai friends! Apologies for my tardiness in writing, but lately I’ve been busy hauling all my worldly possessions up from Wellington to Auckland. I hope everyone had a great Easter break – don’t forget to be thankful to both Jesus and the Easter Bunny for the public holiday. A few weeks back we did a double feature on some cool little...

Vox V846 Handwired vs Joe Satriani Big Bad Wah – Renaissance Man vs Modern Warfare

Vox V846 Handwired vs Joe Satriani Big Bad Wah – Renaissance Man vs Modern Warfare

Mar 18, 2013

Time to blow some minds – the most famous incarnation of the wah pedal has got to be the Dunlop Crybaby, right? Well it turns out that they just went ahead and copied that name from the original wah pedal: The Vox Crybaby. That’s right. I did NOT know that until I started doing some research for this review. It’s funny how history works...

Mooer Micro Modulation!! Ninety Orange (Phaser) and Eleclady (Flanger) Review

Mooer Micro Modulation!! Ninety Orange (Phaser) and Eleclady (Flanger) Review

Mar 3, 2013

More than meets the eye Everything in the guitar gear world at the moment points towards things getting lighter, smaller, more portable – case in point, my favourite little lunchbox amp, the Mesa Mini Rectifier, and new stuff like the HK Tubemeister, and just about everything really. The lunchbox revolution has spawned a million pint-sized, carry bag...


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