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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...

Review: Fender Super Sonic 22 – Blackface + BURN!

Review: Fender Super Sonic 22 – Blackface + BURN!

Jan 8, 2014

Happy New Year! Hope you all had a great break – I know I did! Now let’s get cracking with our first review of 2014… So.. I’ve spent the last 8 months or so without a band – new city, slowly getting to know the scene and figuring out where I might fit myself into the big picture. There’s a slight problem with that,...

High-Gain: PRS Guitars Introduces the Archon Amplifier

(STEVENSVILLE, MD) December 17, 2013 – In the world of high-gain amplifiers, modern players demand aggressive overdriven tones and ample headroom with sparkling cleans. The new PRS Archon amplifier offers all of the above in a high-design 100/50-watt package (via a half-power switch). Greek for “ruler” or “lord,” the Archon has already earned the endorsement of...

NEW Mesa Boogie King Snake – Mark I Reissue!!

In 1971 at the crossroads of Vintage and Modern amplified guitar sounds stood two pioneers, Randall Smith and Carlos Santana, and the little amp that could… the Boogie®. The passion, creativity and dedication of these two artists intersecting at that revolutionary time in music history can only be called fate, and the resulting impact on the guitar’s...

The Mesa Mini Rectifier gets a brother – the Recto-Verb 25!

The Mesa Mini Rectifier gets a brother – the Recto-Verb 25!

Nov 12, 2013

The original Mesa Mini Rectifier is one of my all-time favourite amps. We reviewed it in depth when it came out, and it’s been one of our most popular posts on the site ever since. Well, guess what! In typical Mesa fashion, they’re stepping it up a notch yet again with a new reverb capable mini amp – and it’s also now available in combo...

4 Reasons Why You Need the Bogner Ecstasy Red

4 Reasons Why You Need the Bogner Ecstasy Red

Oct 1, 2013

1. It’s a crapload cheaper than the amp. A little while back we looked at the Bogner Uberschall pedal, one of three amp-in-a-box offerings from Bogner to hit the market. If the Uberschall amp is the no-frills, fire-breathing sledgehammer of the Bogner arsenal, the Ecstasy is the souped up Ferrari – all the options you could ever want, and zero...

My Journey Into Plugins: Pt 1 – aka What To Do When Your Neighbours Are Douchebags

My Journey Into Plugins: Pt 1 – aka What To Do When Your Neighbours Are Douchebags

Aug 11, 2013

Recently, I’ve been battling with touchy neighbours and a landlord who is an extreme tool, who have decided that even though I mostly confine my guitar playing and recording to the late afternoon/early evening when hardly anyone is usually home, I am apparently causing “excessive noise and disturbance”… Well, when life gives you the...

Marshall Slash SL5 Combo – Meh.

Marshall Slash SL5 Combo – Meh.

Jul 28, 2013

Let me start off by saying that I am a raging Slash fanboy. I’ve seen him at least 4 times live, I own a Marshall AFD100 signature head, I play a tobacco burst Les Paul with at least one Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro in it – hell, I even got his signature tattooed on my arm from when he signed it! Suffice to say, if it’s Slash related,...


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