Gear talk for the GAS-afflicted.

REVIEW: EVH 5150III 15W LBX – From Blues To Burn!!

REVIEW: EVH 5150III 15W LBX – From Blues To Burn!!

Mar 20, 2016

Say what you will about Eddie Van Halen, but the man can do no wrong when it comes to gear. Literally every piece of gear that he’s been involved in the development of has just about changed the face of electric guitar playing, from the Wolfgang to the D-Tuna and Floyd Rose and of course, the 5150 series of amps. Now, the original Peavey 5150 was,...

NEWS: Mesa Release Mark V *THIRTY FIVE*

NEWS: Mesa Release Mark V *THIRTY FIVE*

Nov 6, 2015

Hot on the heels of the universally beloved Mark V:25, Mesa have now released the new Mark V:35. It seems like only yesterday that I did the video comparison between the 25W mini-Mark and my go-to amp, its big brother the original Mark V: So what could they possibly gain by adding only 10W of output, you say? But wait, there’s more! Further to the 25, on...

REVIEW: BluGuitar AMP1 – Is This The End of Full-sized Heads??

REVIEW: BluGuitar AMP1 – Is This The End of Full-sized Heads??

Nov 2, 2015

The world needs a smart new guitar amp that can surpass all the expectations of the modern-day guitarist who demands the highest in tonal integrity. With that in mind, Thomas Blug and an experienced team have worked together to design, develop and release AMP1. AMP1 delivers a wide tonal palette, from jazz to metal, in professional quality. Thomas’s dream was...

REVIEW: Morgan AC20 Deluxe – all of the AC30s that you ever wanted.

REVIEW: Morgan AC20 Deluxe – all of the AC30s that you ever wanted.

Sep 6, 2015

The Morgan AC20 Deluxe is everything you always wanted from the legendary Vox AC30, and more. First improvement? It doesn’t weigh a tonne. The head that I got for review could squeeze in as a lunchbox amp that had eaten a few too many lunches, and it weighed hardly anything at all. Add a 1×12″ or 2×12″ cab of your choice and...

5 Min Review: Friedman BE100 – THE Hotrodded Marshall Amp

5 Min Review: Friedman BE100 – THE Hotrodded Marshall Amp

Aug 23, 2015

Actually, does this review even need to be 5 minutes worth? Cos that pic up there pretty much sums it up. Face. Melted. Holy crap. Okay so let’s backtrack real quickly. If you haven’t heard of Dave Friedman, in a nutshell, he’s regarded as the KING of the super hotrodded Marshall, with notable names using his mods and amps including Eddie...

REVIEW: Mesa/Boogie Mark V vs Mark V 25 vs CabClone!

REVIEW: Mesa/Boogie Mark V vs Mark V 25 vs CabClone!

Nov 8, 2014

A few months ago, Mesa/Boogie announced the Mark V 25, a shiny new mini-Mark complete with the core features of the critically acclaimed Mk V, as well as some hard-hitting new features of its own, like the exciting new CabClone loadbox//DI out technology. As a Mk V user myself, I was super excited to see how the new baby of the family would stack up to big...

BIAS for Desktop Demo!

BIAS for Desktop Demo!

Oct 29, 2014

Guest post by Mark Hunter of Setting Fire to Stacey. The Bias for Desktop plug in is the latest innovation from Positive Grid. It’s based pretty tightly on their iPad/iPhone versions, but adds some extra features. The primary one being the Amp Matching function, which I won’t go in to, but there is already some great demos around of it.  I downloaded the demo...

NEWS: Mesa Release the Mark Five Twenty Five!!

NEWS: Mesa Release the Mark Five Twenty Five!!

Sep 17, 2014

Oh snap. As many of you may know, I use a Mesa/Boogie Mark V for pretty much all of my reviews. It’s a great, great amp that can do genuinely great Fender cleans, raunchy crunch and high-gain Mark Series madness. Now, if you thought that was cool, Mesa have gone one further… Mesa/Boogie Mark V Twenty Five Notable differences from the Mk V that...

Blackstar Clinic with Steve Marks from Blackstar UK

Blackstar Clinic with Steve Marks from Blackstar UK

Sep 15, 2014

Recently I had the opportunity to attend a very special event hosted by NZ Rockshop – a clinic/demo session with Steve Marks, a product specialist all the way from Blackstar HQ in the UK. I learned a lot of stuff about the range and the brand that I found pretty interesting, so I thought I’d share with you guys. Lots of videos chock full of hilarity...

Mesa Boogie CabClone released – load box + cab simulator!!!

The NEW CABCLONE™ – Cabinet Simulator with Built-In Amp Load & Headphone Output The CABCLONE™ is a passive Cabinet Simulator/Speaker+Mic alternative with a built-in Amp Load. It provides a direct interface of your guitar amp’s Speaker Output to the input of a mixing console, microphone preamp or even direct to your converters (recorder) with or...

NAMM 2014 – Friedman Amplification releases Jerry Cantrell signature

Jerry Cantrell is a man renowned for his thick, grinding grunge tones with Alice in Chains. With the release of his new signature amp, from the god of amp modding Dave Friedman, you can only assume that this is going to be one kick ass motherfucker of an amp. I must admit that while 99% of the NAMM content on here is stuff that I’ve personally...

NAMM 2014 – Line 6 AMPLIFi: Revolutionary Or What?

NAMM 2014 – Line 6 AMPLIFi: Revolutionary Or What?

Jan 25, 2014

If you’ve been comparing the AMPLIFi to an Axe-FX, well, you’re wrong. That’s all I can say. I’ve heard a lot of chatter where people are saying, oh, it’s not as good as the Axe-FX, the tone-matching isn’t authentic, I’ll never ditch my Kemper for this POS, bla bla bla. Hey. Hey hey hey now. Cool your jets, hotshot. I...


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