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DBZ Diamond Hailfire SM Electric Guitar Review

May 1, 2013
Since launching in 2008, DBZ Guitars has introduced some of the most eye-catching instruments in the industry, quickly garnering the attention of players like John Corabi, Kid Rock’s Jason
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Amptweaker Bass TightFuzz Pedal Review

April 30, 2013
This versatile bass distortion is packed with smart features and great tone.
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MJ Guitars Duke Deville Electric Guitar Review

April 19, 2013
Blending classic Tele vibe with unique tones on tap via a coil-splittable mini-humbucker.
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Gibson EB Bass Review

April 15, 2013
The new Gibson EB bass features a totally new body style, a pair of newly designed pickups, and a vibe that’s all its own.
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Vigier Excalibur Special 7 Guitar Review

April 15, 2013
The tone, playability, and flawless build of the Vigier Excalibur Special 7 elevates the guitar to a level of all-around performance that few companies can touch.
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Verellen Meatsmoke Preamp Review

April 15, 2013
An excellent tool for rock and metal players, the Verellen Amplification Meatsmoke preamp is a compact version of the all-tube Meatsmoke amp head that delivers tones very close to those of its bigger brother.
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Album Review: Leroy Justice - "Above the Weather"

April 15, 2013
Leroy Justice treads carefully into jam-band territory.
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Hartman Electronics Silicon Crystal Valve Pedal Review

April 15, 2013
The new Silicon Crystal Valve from Hartman Electronics is based in significant measure to the Colorsound Supa Tone Bender, and like the original, it’s a cool twist on a classic sound that’s full of unique fuzz flavors.
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Album Review: Cassie Taylor - "Out of My Mind"

April 15, 2013
Packed with soulful singing and blazing 6-string, Taylor’s new Out of My Mind is a mesmerizing, nuanced, and imaginatively arranged collection of blues-inflected originals.
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Eastman T185MX Electric Guitar Review

April 15, 2013
The new Eastman T185MX is an all-solid-wood 15" thinline that channels the rich sound of a full-bodied archtop.
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Breedlove Oregon Series C20/SMYe Acoustic Guitar Review

April 15, 2013
Bound to appeal to a wide swath of fingerstylists and singer-songwriters, Breedlove''s new Oregon Series C20/SMYe has enough range to sound feather-delicate or downright propulsive.
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Interview: Early Graves - Thrash in the Saddle Again

April 15, 2013
After a series of tragic setbacks—including the death of founding vocalist Makh Daniels—Chris Brock and Early Graves charge back into the metal fray and emerge triumphant with a thundering masterpiece.
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Spaceman Saturn V Harmonic Booster Pedal Review

April 15, 2013
For those who relish the profound shifts in color and mood that a little volume or tone knob tweak can provide, the Saturn V Harmonic Booster has the potential to be a very special, even indispensable piece of gear.
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Album Review: Joe Satriani - "Unstoppable Momentum"

April 8, 2013
Not since the heyday of hearing “Satch Boogie” and “Cliffs of Dover” on the radio has instrumental guitar rock been so fun.
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Album Review: Brad Paisley - "Wheelhouse"

April 3, 2013
Country shred, double-stop licks, and G-bender pulls salvage Paisley''s most pop-sounding album to date.
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Eastman AR371CESB Archtop Review

April 3, 2013
Eastman''s affordable jazzbox puts ES-175 style in the hands of jazzers and rockers alike for under $800.
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Ibanez AFJ957 7-String Archtop Review

March 27, 2013
At just $800, this Premier Gear Award-winning 7-string jazz box from Ibanez is perhaps the least-expensive, quality 7-string hollowbody on the market.
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Z.Vex Basstortion Pedal Review

March 26, 2013
The mad scientists at Z.Vex dial up some amp-inspired overdrive tailored specifically for bassists with the Basstortion.
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Way Huge Echo-Puss Pedal Review

March 20, 2013
The Echo-Puss is designed to appeal to players who favor the delay times and modulation circuitry of delay pedals from the ’70s and ’80s
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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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