Gear talk for the GAS-afflicted.

Fractal AX8 + Laney IRT-X: The Rig Your Back Deserves

Fractal AX8 + Laney IRT-X: The Rig Your Back Deserves

Jun 24, 2016

Gear, like life, goes in cycles. When I’m not in a band, my gear acquisition is aimless and subject to random whims and fancies (which end up in me owning gear that I have zero real use for). That in itself isn’t a bad thing – I mean, being able to play a wide variety of gear is why I do what I do. But now I’ve finally decided to come...

REVIEW: Fulltone Mini Deva-Vibe 3 MDV-3 – A Uni(que)Vibe Indeed

REVIEW: Fulltone Mini Deva-Vibe 3 MDV-3 – A Uni(que)Vibe Indeed

Mar 28, 2016

The original UniVibe is a now-classic effect, most notably used by masters like Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour and Robin Trower – but what you may not know is that it actually started life as an attempt to imitate the Leslie/rotary speaker effect. It was not particularly good at that. Luckily, it was good at being what it was – a 4-stage phaser born of...

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,...

An Evening With Chris Cornell – and 4 Stereotypical Gig Assholes I Encountered

An Evening With Chris Cornell – and 4 Stereotypical Gig Assholes I Encountered

Nov 29, 2015

Going to see Chris Cornell do an acoustic show is a possibly as close as it gets to a religious experience for me. Don’t get me wrong – I love me some Soundgarden, but Soundgarden shows are all about the band. About Kim Thayil laying down a moody, propulsive riff while Matt Cameron grooves through different time signatures seamlessly and...

REVIEW: Knaggs Kenai (Tier 2) – PRS, LP or Tele… or The Best of All Three?

REVIEW: Knaggs Kenai (Tier 2) – PRS, LP or Tele… or The Best of All Three?

Nov 19, 2015

It’s very hard to come up with a truly original guitar design. Deviate too much from the traditional 50s designs and it looks jarring and weird – but don’t deviate enough, and it’s just another Les Paul or Strat copy… Paul Reed Smith is one of the few designers in the past 50 years to have successfully built a brand based on his...

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: Godin Session – a Swiss Army Knife With STYLE

REVIEW: Godin Session – a Swiss Army Knife With STYLE

Sep 19, 2015

Godin are a company who generally seem to fly under the radar of most guitar players. Sure, they have a reputation for making really great, solid and affordable guitars, but somehow without the marketing push of the big brands, or a bevy of endorsed rockstars touting their guitars, they just seem to not register in the mainstream guitar-playing mass...

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...

Gibson ’57 Classic vs Seymour Duncan Slash Signature APH-2 Set!

Gibson ’57 Classic vs Seymour Duncan Slash Signature APH-2 Set!

Aug 10, 2015

So I got a new Les Paul! A new-ish one, for once. Please meet my 2012 Gibson Les Paul Traditional: It replaces my LP Classic Premium Plus, which, while an amazing looker and sounded great with the DiMarzio PAF set that I loaded it with, I somehow never completely bonded with. The Traditional is in some ways really not what I’ve previously looked for in a...

REVIEW: PRS USA Mark Tremonti Signature – A Better Creed of Guitar

REVIEW: PRS USA Mark Tremonti Signature – A Better Creed of Guitar

Jul 28, 2015

Ed, you lazy bastard. Where have you been? You don’t write, you don’t call. Nothing. It’s been weeks! Sorry for the lack of correspondence team Samurai, but I’ve just been feeling a bit burnt out with crap going on in my day job. In any case, me whining about my non-internet life is not what you’re here for! Now I’m back, and...


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