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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,...

Hughes and Kettner Tubemeister 18W Promo Article for Rockshop Gear Magazine!

Hughes and Kettner Tubemeister 18W Promo Article for Rockshop Gear Magazine!

Jun 14, 2013

I was recently invited to write a promo article on a very special little piece of gear – the H&K Tubemeister! The article is currently available nationwide (in print! I was so excited – I think it’s the first time my writing has actually been printed) at all NZ Rockshop branches near you… but if you’re not in NZ, or just...

London Calling… 65 Amps London Pro

London Calling… 65 Amps London Pro

May 18, 2013

This afternoon I spent some time at NZ’s home of boutique amps, The Amp Shop, with the intention of spending some time with a very special little amp from boutique makers 65 Amps – the London Pro.  Here’s a short blurb about it: 65amps introduces its new Red Line of amplifiers with the first model in the series, the London Pro. Like its...

6SS Year One: Blackstar ID: Series – “Louder than Valve”?

6SS Year One: Blackstar ID: Series – “Louder than Valve”?

Apr 28, 2013

The ID: Series represents the culmination of more than seven years technical research and development by the same team that designed Series One, Artisan and HT Venue. The unique controls allow you to custom design your own sound, store it and then have the confidence that the amp will perform in a live environment. By using the unique Voice control, patented...


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