December 2016

Reviews

Godin Summit Classic CT Convertible Review

December 2, 2016
Here’s a well-crafted triple-threat axe that lives up to the do-it-all hype.
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Quick Hit: Cusack Screamer V2

November 29, 2016
Three clipping modes and no mid hump take this three-knobber way beyond typical TS tones.
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The Year in Gear 2016

November 28, 2016
Come with us, time travelers, as we revisit a year’s worth of axes, amps, stomps, basses, baritones, and other tools of our music-making trade—all deemed worthy of the Premier Gear Award.
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Quick Hit: Electro-Harmonix Lester G Deluxe

November 28, 2016
We dig into Mike Matthews' sweetly swirling and huge-sounding new streamlined rotary simulator.
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Yamaha Revstar RSP20CR Review

November 25, 2016
Top-flight quality and go-fast looks in a sweet-sounding solidbody.
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Black Cat Monster K-Fuzz Review

November 24, 2016
A menacing and expressive octave fuzz classic is recast in a more practical and musically malleable form.
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Otis Amplification Trudeau Review

November 22, 2016
Craft design sensibilities and rowdy tones come together in a handsome and sometimes savage-sounding amp.
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ESP LTD B-1005SE Multi-Scale Bass Review

November 21, 2016
Boutique looks, quality components, and impressive tones converge in a unique new 5-string.
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Soundshine Electronics Magnum Swampus Review

November 18, 2016
A bewitched-looking box that nails Kustom trem tones and modulation sounds beyond the bog.
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Two-Rock Cardiff Review

November 14, 2016
Can you have EL84 sparkle and bounteous bottom?
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Quick Hit: Radial JDX Direct Drive

November 13, 2016
No amp? No problem. This DI offers a wealth of options for those who want to leave their amp at home.
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Chasing Vintage Challenger Review

November 11, 2016
A handmade hybrid fusing Gibson, Fender, and Mosrite influences.
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EBS Magni 500 MA15 Review

November 9, 2016
EBS delivers a new bass combo aimed at working musicians keen on a light load.
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Quick Hit: Source Audio Aftershock Bass Distortion Review

November 7, 2016
This unassuming-looking stomp tickles the senses with an absolute cornucopia of low-frequency dirt.
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Shin-Ei Vibe-Bro Review

November 4, 2016
Fans of the legendary Uni-Vibe rejoice—the revived brand's new offering yields ravishing tones from a setup that's remarkably like the original.
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Quick Hit: TC Electronic Wiretap Riff Recorder

November 1, 2016
This tiny stompbox recorder enables real-time riff capture and fast file sharing via Bluetooth.
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Parson 1975HW Review

October 31, 2016
A mid-’70s Marshall-style head at a budget-friendly price.
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Journey Instruments OB660 Review

October 30, 2016
Carbon-fiber construction and a removable/stowable neck make airline travel a cinch.
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Danelectro ’64 Review

October 28, 2016
Dano channels Semie Moseley’s design sensibilities in an updated take on a ’60s classic.
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Demeter Tremulator Plus Review

October 25, 2016
A classic wobble box, revised and expanded.
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