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Review: 2013 Gibson Custom 1959 Les Paul Standard Reissue VOS Bourbonburst

Review: 2013 Gibson Custom 1959 Les Paul Standard Reissue VOS Bourbonburst

Aug 10, 2014

I tell you what – straight up, this is the best goddamn Les Paul I’ve personally ever laid hands on. Over the years I’ve owned many iterations of the iconic LP – Studio, Custom, Standard, Classic, you name it. But I’ve never owned a Custom Shop Historic RI, and up until a few weeks ago I’d never really spent a lot of time...

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...

Guitar Shopping in Tokyo – 5 Things You Need To Know

Guitar Shopping in Tokyo – 5 Things You Need To Know

Jul 8, 2014

As many of you might know, I recently visited Tokyo for the first time. Aside from all the usual tourist sights, I had one mission in mind – guitar shopping. I saw waaaay too many shops to describe them one by one (and besides, there’s already a much more comprehensive guide for foreigners here), so I thought I’d do a summary post of the...

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...

GIVEAWAY: Von Hotch METALLI REGUM Picks!

GIVEAWAY: Von Hotch METALLI REGUM Picks!

May 18, 2014

It’s been way too long since we did a giveaway, so it’s time to fix that right in the face! Von Hotch Custom Picks Are traditional picks too wimpy and not rigid enough for your high speed shredding needs? Are you so heavy metal that you need a PICK that’s made out of metal as well?! You’ve come to the right place. A little while ago I...

Review: Sterling by Music Man AX40D – D is for Dimarzio

Review: Sterling by Music Man AX40D – D is for Dimarzio

May 6, 2014

Eddie Van Halen’s impact on the world of rock guitar can never be understated – not only did he revolutionise guitar playing technique itself with a combination of furious blues-on-steroids licks, crazy stretch pentatonics and rapid fire finger tapping, but over the years, he’s been responsible for helping design so many pieces of guitar...

Review: Washburn N4 – Get the Funk Out!

Review: Washburn N4 – Get the Funk Out!

Apr 13, 2014

I’m an extremely impulsive person. Extremely. Which turns out to be an unintentional pun, because a few weeks ago, I went through a massive Extreme/Nuno Bettencourt phase. One day, I sat down to try (yet again, having failed previously) to learn the cramazing (crazy + amazing, that’s a word now) tapping passage from the Extreme classic Get the Funk...

Review: PRS Zach Myers SE – Shine Down You Crazy Diamond

Review: PRS Zach Myers SE – Shine Down You Crazy Diamond

Apr 6, 2014

I’ll be honest with you – before I went to Winter NAMM this year, I had no idea who Zach Myers was. Even after the show, I only had a slightly better idea of who he was (the guitarist from Shinedown) – but what I did know was that he had awesome taste in guitars. Walking around the PRS booth, his new signature guitar was THE guitar that caught...

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...

BALANCE with Sean Bodley – Constructing Chord Progressions

BALANCE with Sean Bodley – Constructing Chord Progressions

Mar 16, 2014

Sean is a talented local musician and life-long enthusiast of all things Ibanez. His latest album “Balance” will be available on iTunes on April 1st (the run of CDs is already sold out!) and in the meantime, you can follow him here: https://www.facebook.com/SeanBodleyMusician    BODLEY’S BALANCE Hey guys, Sean Bodley here with my new column...

Rock n’ Roll Tourism in LA, Part 1 – The Iron Maidens @ The Viper Room

Rock n’ Roll Tourism in LA, Part 1 – The Iron Maidens @ The Viper Room

Feb 11, 2014

Before hitting up the Winter NAMM show, I spent 5 and a bit days exploring LA. As you guys may know, I’m a huge fan of the 80s music scene that lived on the Sunset Strip, especially a certain band whose name includes firearms and a thorny flower, and so, for a lot of my life I’ve been dreaming of seeing that side of LA – I couldn’t...


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