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Z.Vex Loop Gate Pedal Review

March 13, 2013
The Loop Gate combines the relatively simple and familiar principles of noise gating and effects loops in a way that opens up huge new tonal possibilities.
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Tech 21 VT Bass 1000 & B410-VT Bass Rig Review

March 11, 2013
The combination of a VT Bass 1000 head and B410-VT cab makes for a pretty incredible bass rig that gets very, very close to the sound and feel of a classic Ampeg SVT.
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H.S. Anderson Mad Cat Electric Guitar Review

March 11, 2013
If you’re looking for a masterfully built T-style with some unique quirks, the H.S. Andersen Mad Cat is a straight-up killer guitar.
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Carr Impala Amp Review

March 11, 2013
Carr’s new Impala is a take on the great blackface incarnation of the Fender Bassman—and like a lot of Carr amps, they’ve taken a great idea and run in some very interesting directions.
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Godin Montreal Premiere Electric Guitar Review

March 11, 2013
Godin''s Montreal Premiere is a cool deviation from established semi-hollow design templates that''s beautifully built and delivers a more playable, comfortable, and unique sounding guitar.
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Album Review: My Bloody Valentine - "mbv"

March 11, 2013
Like a mirror to the sprawling gestation period that gave rise to mbv, notions like hooks, tempo, mix, and melody exist in their own exploded, drifting reality.
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Interview: Dave Kilminster - Rock Revisited

March 11, 2013
U.K. guitar hero Dave Kilminster talks about the ups and downs of solo albums, explains why he shuns most effects, and reveals how an unusual altered tuning is the centerpiece of his next album.
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Reuss RSH-02 Pedal Review

March 11, 2013
Like the first incarnation RSH-01, the Reuss RSH-02 pedal combines Distortion + and Blue Box-style circuits in a single enclosure, but is made in China and more affordable.
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MXR M222 Talk Box Review

March 11, 2013
MXR''s M222 Talk Box is a rethink of the talk box formula that emphasizes reliability, circumvents the need for an additional amp, and focuses on affordability.
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Waterstone Meaden FL Fretless Bass Review

March 11, 2013
One of their most recent offerings, the Meaden bass (named after ’60s British mod icon Peter Meaden), is a fine example of familiar, new, and vintage—all rolled into one.
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EMG 66-N/57-B Humbuckers Review

March 11, 2013
Blending vintage character and EMG’s trademark fidelity, the new 57-B and 66-N humbuckers might just become modern classics.
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Interview: Lee Boys - Pickin’ and Praisin’

March 11, 2013
Roosevelt Collier and Alvin Lee of sacred-steel family band the Lee Boys take their 6-string hallelujahs beyond the church and garner praises from some of the biggest names in secular guitar and bass.
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Island Forty-Four Electric Guitar Review

March 11, 2013
Island’s Forty-Four is a handcrafted, handsome reinterpretation of the small-bodied, single-pickup Harmony H44.
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Sonuus Wahoo Pedal Review

March 11, 2013
The new Sonuus Wahoo pedal captures the spirit of simple synthesis, the vocal responsiveness of a great wah, and both classic and unusual modulation effects in a single robust design.
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Bogner Ecstasy Blue & Red Overdrive Pedal Reviews

March 6, 2013
With remarkable accuracy each pedal captures the tonal nuances that made the Ecstasy 100, 101, and 20th Anniversary model amplifiers so desirable.
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Epiphone 50th Anniversary 1962 Crestwood Custom Outfit Electric Guitar Review

February 27, 2013
A reissue of Epiphone''s double cutaway solidbody that proves versatile and individual in terms of tone and style.
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Interview: Devon Allman - Paving His Own Way

February 27, 2013
Allman discusses focusing on songs over chops for his solo effort, working in the shadow of his famous relatives, and how an inexpensive resonator guitar stole the show.
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Album Review: Eric Clapton - "Old Sock"

February 25, 2013
Clapton has fully completed the transformation from elder blues statesman to professional musicologist.
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Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Bass Big Muff Pi Pedal Review

February 25, 2013
The Deluxe Bass Big Muff Pi—though it’s a bit more expensive—builds on the winning formula with versatility and features that make it a better value than its smaller brother.
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Quilter MicroPro 200 Full-Range 8" Amp Review

February 20, 2013
The founder of QSC turns his pro-audio expertise to crafting a stellar-sounding, portable solid-state amp.
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