Gear talk for the GAS-afflicted.

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...

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...

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...

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,...

Lava “TightRope” Solderless Cables – so easy even a doofus can do it!

Lava “TightRope” Solderless Cables – so easy even a doofus can do it!

Dec 2, 2013

That doofus is me, by the way. Sure, I can replace a pickup and do relatively minor things like that… but every time I’ve tried to completely rewire a guitar from scratch, I’ve failed miserably, and have always had to go crying to a friend/tech to fix it. Plus, you know, burnt fingertips are never fun. For that reason, I usually shy away from...

LTD Elite vs ESP E-II Standard – A Storm of Sounds

LTD Elite vs ESP E-II Standard – A Storm of Sounds

Nov 18, 2013

What on earth is an LTD Elite? Recently, ESP seem to have gone a bit nuts with rebranding – first, they announced the decision to axe the WHOLE of the ESP Standard Series, which sent waves of panic and hysteria through their fan base, only to rebrand the line as something called E-II Standard. Now, they’ve given the LTD line (which has always been...

Dimarzio Steve Vai Shoot-out – Evo vs Breed vs Gravity Storm!

Dimarzio Steve Vai Shoot-out – Evo vs Breed vs Gravity Storm!

Oct 10, 2013

It is with great pleasure that we welcome our latest contributor to the site, Mr Sean Bodley. Sean is an enthusiast for all things Ibanez, and recently had his awesome collection of RGs and JEMs shared by the official Ibanez Facebook page! Guitar teacher by day and live shred wizard by night, he’s here to share his unique perspective on the guitars he...

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...


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