August Issue

Gear

Gibson Les Paul Junior DC Bass Review

October 18, 2011
This Les Paul Junior bass draws influences from Gibson’s storied EB-0, but also benefits from the addition of some new refinements.
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Electro-Harmonix Neo Mistress Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
Electro-Harmonix has packed much of the punch of the original into the company’s Nano-sized package for guitarists with limited pedalboard real estate.
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Carl Martin Blue Ranger Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
A Texas-flavored addition to Carl Martin''s Vintage Series.
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To Mod or Not to Mod?

October 18, 2011
Flashy and loud, brimming with sex appeal, and plenty of geeky, mechanical specs to discuss—instruments and vehicles share many of the same characteristics.
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Empress Effects Compressor Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
Empress places an emphasis on tone control and transparency that you don’t see in a typical stompbox compressor.
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Fishman Fission Bass Powerchord FX Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
The Fishman Fission Bass Powerchord FX does some funky things by building grinding, root-fifth chords from single notes.
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Silence is Golden

October 18, 2011
The electric guitar can be a noisy beast. I’m talking about the unwanted variety of noise that can accompany an electric guitar—buzz, hum, hiss, radio stations, and more—all picked up by the guitar’s pickups, its wiring, or something else in its signal chain.
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Framus Hollywood DC Electric Guitar Review

October 18, 2011
The new 24 3/4"-scale Hollywood DC is based on the original Hollywood 5/131—a model that originated as Framus’ late-’50s bid to meet the demand for rock-oriented guitars.
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Orange Dark Terror Amp Review

October 18, 2011
Forbiddingly dubbed the Dark Terror, Orange’s newest low-power amp builds upon its predecessor’s winning recipe, while piling on heaps of molten gain and smoking overdrive that can stretch your notions of just how huge tiny can get.
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Z.Vex Instant Lo-Fi Junky Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
With the Instant Lo-Fi Junky, Z.Vex adapts the effects that make the Loop Junky’s loops so, well, junky and puts them in a stomp box without the looper.
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