Read the September 2018 Issue

What's New

Escape Plan Launch Code Review

September 19, 2018
An Atari-inspired glitch box that also serves up rich, resonant tones and unexpected musical surprises.

Electro-Harmonix Unveils the Mod Rex Polyrhythmic Modulator Pedal

September 18, 2018
The pedal is equipped with four independent modulation sections that are synched in tempo.

Mastro Valvola LFO Optical Tremolo Review

September 18, 2018
Optical analog tremolo and a digital brain make this Italian trem’ a grab bag of modulation tricks.

Tuning Up: Pedal Issues

September 18, 2018
PG’s head honcho gets all teary-eyed about the stomps whose tones have lodged in his head from years of gear reviews.

MXR Sugar Drive Review

September 17, 2018
Klone tones in a baby box with a teeny-tiny price.

ThroBak Announces the ’64 MXV Stratocaster Pickup Set

September 17, 2018
The pickups were wound on the same vintage ME-481A pickup winder that was used to wind early '60s Fender Stratocaster pickups.

Signal to Noise: Rockin’ the Reactive Load

September 17, 2018
The key to direct recording is to get an amp to behave realistically. So how do you accomplish this?

Way Huge Pork & Pickle Review

September 16, 2018
Two distinct dirt circuits come together in one pedal for bassists who appreciate freedom of choice for their grit.

Tsakalis AudioWorks Phonkify Review

September 15, 2018
Envelope filter and octave combine to reach realms beyond the same old jam and funk riffs.

Twang 101: Scotty Anderson’s Double-Stop Sorcery

September 15, 2018
Blazing double-stop licks and a unique picking style are hallmarks of one of today’s most underrated guitar pickers.

MOD Kits DIY Announces the Erratic Clutch Deluxe Pedal Kit

September 14, 2018
The pedal aims to dish out fuzzy square-wave distortion as well as a monophonic sub-octave square wave using a total of only four transistors.

Tone Tips: Gig Tips for the Social Media Generation

September 14, 2018
Your blistering solo is amazing, but can you play it standing up, while grooving with a band, and in front of people?

Seymour Duncan Introduces the Billy Gibbons Red Devil Pickups

September 14, 2018
Sizzling-hot Texas tone for Strat-style single coil guitars—so good you'll think you've died and gone to heaven.

ZVEX Vibrophase Review

September 14, 2018
ZVEX’s phaser/vibrato retains the rich, immersive modulation tones of its candle-driven design concept predecessor.

Aguilar Grape Phaser Review

September 13, 2018
Two knobs on a purple box is a ticket to low-end modulation—from slow and sublime to all-out space travel.

Breedlove Unveils Models for 2019

September 13, 2018
The Oregon-based company shares details over 10 new models.

Outlaw Effects Launches the Nomad Pedalboard

September 13, 2018
The board features an integrated rechargeable lithium-ion battery with 12800mAh power capacity.

Last Call: Maybe This Gig Is Not for You

September 13, 2018
A takeaway from the saga of Stevie Ray Vaughan and David Bowie.

Rig Rundown: Widespread Panic

September 12, 2018
A chilled-out look at the road rigs of guitarists Jimmy Herring and John “JB” Bell, and bassist Dave Schools—32 years after the legendary jam band’s first gig in Athens, Georgia.

Korg Launches the Rimpitch C2 Tuner and MA-2 Metronome

September 12, 2018
The C2 has been designed specifically for the acoustic guitar, fitting perfectly in the instrument’s sound hole.