Gear talk for the GAS-afflicted.

REVIEW: Tech 21 Richie Kotzen RK5 Fly Rig

REVIEW: Tech 21 Richie Kotzen RK5 Fly Rig

Apr 19, 2015

Paying Dues Up until about a few years ago, Richie Kotzen was one of the most well-kept secrets of the guitar fraternity. Being a fan of his work meant that you belonged to an exclusive club which pretty much proved that you had awesome taste in music. Sometimes you’d walk past another guy on the street and he’d give you a head nod, and...

REVIEW: Will Digitech get the “Drop” on EHX, or will they have to (Pitch) Fork off?!

REVIEW: Will Digitech get the “Drop” on EHX, or will they have to (Pitch) Fork off?!

Mar 22, 2015

I’m an E flat Standard kinda guy. It’s just a little bit meaner and heavier sounding than E Standard. Well, apparently I’m an old man now, cos these days people are taking the “meaner and heavier” bit of downtuning to a whole new level (or a whole new low, depending on how you think about it). In fact, NOT drop tuning down to Z is...

REVIEW: Seymour Duncan Dirty Deeds Distortion – Done Dirt Cheap?

REVIEW: Seymour Duncan Dirty Deeds Distortion – Done Dirt Cheap?

Feb 25, 2015

First of all – yes, this is a Seymour Duncan effects pedal. That’s a thing these days.  Second – as much as the name may suggest, no, this isn’t an AC/DC-style pedal. In fact, it couldn’t be further from the truth if you ask me. A catchy name it may be, but this raging new box of rock coming out of Santa Barbara, CA is definitely...

NEWS: Tech 21 Release the Richie Kotzen Flyrig – RK5!

NEWS: Tech 21 Release the Richie Kotzen Flyrig – RK5!

Nov 19, 2014

Tech 21’s portable direct all-in-one rig has been a hit since being released earlier this year at NAMM. And for good reason – it’s a great concept, wrapped up in a sleek housing, and it’s portable as all heck. Sadly I’ve yet to be able to get my hands on one… but now there’s something cooler to GAS for! Here’s the...

NEWS: Fractal Audio release FX8 Multi-Effects Pedalboard!

NEWS: Fractal Audio release FX8 Multi-Effects Pedalboard!

Oct 4, 2014

The wait is over! Fractal, the makers of the acclaimed Axe-FX modellers, have distilled their studio-quality, high definition effects down into ONE single floorboard, the Fractal FX8. So if you have an amp that you already dig, and don’t feel the need to move to an Axe-FX, but still want the myriad high quality effects that Fractal offer, it looks like...

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...


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