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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...

REVIEW: Epic DiMarzio PAF-off – PAF Master vs 36 Anniversary PAF

REVIEW: Epic DiMarzio PAF-off – PAF Master vs 36 Anniversary PAF

Oct 12, 2014

Hot on the heels of the universally loved 36th Anniversary PAF set – based on Larry DiMarzio’s personal 1959 Les Paul Standard, no less – DiMarzio recently released a new PAF-styled set, the PAF Masters. Considering how well-received the 36th Annis have been, pretty much everyone was both excited and intrigued at the announcement. However, a...

Tonewood Tone-off – Korina vs Swamp Ash (Washburn N4 Korina vs N4 ESA)

Tonewood Tone-off – Korina vs Swamp Ash (Washburn N4 Korina vs N4 ESA)

Sep 7, 2014

Korina is the mystical flying tone-unicorn of the guitar world. Most people have never played a Korina guitar (I hadn’t, until recently), but it’s commonly bandied about on the interwebz how Korina is just “the best. shit. ever.” or something like that. Used to construct the original Gibson Flying V and Explorer guitars, Korina...

Radian Guitars Telecaster – Lavish Lavender!

Radian Guitars Telecaster – Lavish Lavender!

Aug 24, 2014

Ash Customworks. Heard of it? If the answer is yes, you already know that Adrian is a top bloke and extremely clever luthier. If not, here’s your 5 minute educational clip for the day: Being the clever chap that he is, Adrian realised that people want classic body designs like Strats, Teles, Jags, but not necessarily with bog standard pickup, bridge,  or...

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...

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...


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