Gear talk for the GAS-afflicted.

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: Guild S100 Polara – I Sure Don’t Mind A Change

REVIEW: Guild S100 Polara – I Sure Don’t Mind A Change

Jun 7, 2015

It’s crazy what a generation gap will do for brand perception. As a child of the 90s/00s, when you say the name Washburn, I immediately think of Dimebag Darrell – but if you ask someone just a few years older, it’s likely that they’ll mostly associate Washburn with acoustic guitars, and be surprised that they make pointy shred machines...

REVIEW: Seymour Duncan Vintage Broadcaster Set for Tele

REVIEW: Seymour Duncan Vintage Broadcaster Set for Tele

May 19, 2015

In the beginning, there was Leo Fender and the Telecaster, and the Telecaster was good. Except, it wasn’t called the Telecaster to start off with – indeed, the original name for the now iconic design was actually the Broadcaster! It was rechristened as the Telecaster only after legal action by Gretsch who already owned the name...

REVIEW – Obsidian Wire Solderless Wiring Upgrade Kit

REVIEW – Obsidian Wire Solderless Wiring Upgrade Kit

May 11, 2015

Look Ma – no burnt fingertips! Solderless. Pre-wired. These are words that I love hearing in connection with guitar electronics, because it means that I don’t have to smell my own skin burning for the fifth time while I clumsily try to follow a wiring diagram… and then discover 2 hours later that I had it completely arse backwards, as I...

REVIEW: Tech 21 Richie Kotzen RK5 Fly Rig

REVIEW: Tech 21 Richie Kotzen RK5 Fly Rig

Apr 19, 2015

Paying Dues Up until about a few years ago, Richie Kotzen was one of the most well-kept secrets of the guitar fraternity. Being a fan of his work meant that you belonged to an exclusive club which pretty much proved that you had awesome taste in music. Sometimes you’d walk past another guy on the street and he’d give you a head nod, and...

REVIEW: Will Digitech get the “Drop” on EHX, or will they have to (Pitch) Fork off?!

REVIEW: Will Digitech get the “Drop” on EHX, or will they have to (Pitch) Fork off?!

Mar 22, 2015

I’m an E flat Standard kinda guy. It’s just a little bit meaner and heavier sounding than E Standard. Well, apparently I’m an old man now, cos these days people are taking the “meaner and heavier” bit of downtuning to a whole new level (or a whole new low, depending on how you think about it). In fact, NOT drop tuning down to Z is...

REVIEW: Ibanez Prestige RGT320Q – This Ain’t No Ordinary RG.

REVIEW: Ibanez Prestige RGT320Q – This Ain’t No Ordinary RG.

Mar 8, 2015

I’m just not an RG kinda guy. Believe me, it’s not through lack of trying – every year or so I think to myself, hey, wouldn’t it be cool to have an RG? Then I buy one, and remember that they just don’t work for me, somehow. I find Wizard necks too wide and too flat for my girl-sized hands, and somehow the large pointy body just...

REVIEW: Seymour Duncan Dirty Deeds Distortion – Done Dirt Cheap?

REVIEW: Seymour Duncan Dirty Deeds Distortion – Done Dirt Cheap?

Feb 25, 2015

First of all – yes, this is a Seymour Duncan effects pedal. That’s a thing these days.  Second – as much as the name may suggest, no, this isn’t an AC/DC-style pedal. In fact, it couldn’t be further from the truth if you ask me. A catchy name it may be, but this raging new box of rock coming out of Santa Barbara, CA is definitely...

REVIEW: Seymour Duncan SSL-3 Set – I’m Hot for Strat!

REVIEW: Seymour Duncan SSL-3 Set – I’m Hot for Strat!

Nov 30, 2014

I’ve always had a love hate relationship with single coil pickups. In my earlier days of guitar playing, I was a devout Slash worshipper, and wouldn’t deign to play anything that wasn’t a Les Paul (copy, of course – it would be years before I could afford the real thing), much less something like a Strat with its wimpy single coils....

REVIEW: Dragon’s Heart Guitar Picks – Your Pick of Destiny Awaits!

REVIEW: Dragon’s Heart Guitar Picks – Your Pick of Destiny Awaits!

Nov 22, 2014

Picks are fun. You may need to stick to your tried and true pick for uber-precision, but sometimes, a totally different pick can be just what you need to push you out of your comfort zone to create tones and music that you wouldn’t have otherwise. If there’s one thing that you can say about the awesome new Dragon’s Heart Guitar Picks,...

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...


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