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November 2011

CD Review: Kenny Vaughan - "V"

October 18, 2011
The sound of Bakersfield honky tonk—with its punchy Telecaster twang, strong backbeat, and stripped-down instrumentation—permeates V, Kenny Vaughan’s debut solo album.
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Celestial Effects Virgo Overdrive Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
The Virgo Overdrive reviewed is the rock overdrive member of the five-pedal Celestial line.
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Rhythm & Grooves: Picking on the Ring Finger

October 18, 2011
This month we begin a series of lessons that focus on developing fingerstyle chops.
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Gibson Vs. Epiphone—Are We The Ones Being Elitist?

October 18, 2011
Is Gibson always considered a treasure and is an imported Epiphone always considered trash? The answer isn’t quite that simple.
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Levana Mellow-D Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
The Levana''s circuit is digital, but it’s designed to emulate the warmth of older, tape delays with a 3-way switch that brings in two degrees of leftover digital distortion and applies it to the delayed signal.
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Stomp Under Foot Red Menace Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
Based off of the very first Sovtek Muff, which wasn’t a Muff at all—it was an almost identical pedal, misleadingly named the Red Army Overdrive.
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Jacques Stompboxes Black Mamba Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
Jacques aims to simulate Jimi Hendrix’s classic Fuzz-Face-and-cranked-Marshall combination.
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St. Vincent: All-Star Dropout

October 18, 2011
Indie-rock Renaissance woman Annie Clark—aka St. Vincent—muses about her vintage Harmony Bobkat, her Silverface Princeton Reverb, and how having the guts to leave Berklee jump-started her career and landed her new album, "Strange Mercy," at No. 19 on the U.S. Charts.
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Boss RC-30 Loop Station Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
The new twin-pedal RC-30 adds new functionality and greater recording capability—up to 3 hours and 99 phrases
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Juliet Collective Circadia Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
The Circadia polyrhythmic auto wah is the perfect embodiment of the Juliet Collective’s philosophy. Not every player will find a need for one, but those who do are likely to cover interesting new ground.
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1979 Gibson RD Artist

October 18, 2011
Introducing the RD series (short for Research and Development), this line of guitars and basses were equipped with electronic circuitry for the first time in Gibson’s history.
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Burriss Boostiest 2.5 Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
The Boostiest 2.5 contains the same components as the discontinued Boostiest II but with a redesigned and streamlined internal PCB and simpler graphics, resulting in a more wallet-friendly price tag
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MXR Noise Clamp Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
The Noise Clamp detects the amount of noise present in your bypassed guitar-tone, and lowers the hiss and extremities to that level when pedals in the Noise Clamp’s effects loop are engaged.
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Skreddy Pedals Lunar Module Deluxe Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
Skreddy Pedals Lunar Module Deluxe inspired, in exacting—even obsessive—terms by David Gilmour’s tone on “Time” from Pink Floyd’s classic The Dark Side of the Moon.
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Earthquaker Devices Bit Commander Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
The Bit Commander analog guitar synthesizer has an amazing capacity for enhancing melody lines, retaining definition in a variety of musical situations, and making sounds that, in the right context, sound just plain beautiful.
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1937 Martin D-28

October 18, 2011
More than 70 years after its first appearance, the dreadnought remains the most popular flattop body style among acoustic guitarists.
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Modtone Effects Coliseum Reverb Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
Coliseum is a single, affordable pedal that can cover everything from call-from-the-mountaintop ’verb to subtle room ambiance.
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T-Rex Tonebug Sensewah Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
The controls on the Sensewah are very simple—two knobs (Sense and Range), a single toggle switch that moves between Wah Wah and Yoy Yoy settings, and an on/off footswitch.
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Tweaking a Silvertone 1484

October 18, 2011
The reverb and tremolo work fairly well, but could be stronger. Do you have any suggestions for making this amp all it can be?
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Vox VDL1 Dynamic Looper Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
Though the VDL1 has the capacity for the simplest forms of looping, it’s also packed with less common looping functionality and effects that can inspire tunes and spice up a performance in unexpected ways.
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