April 2020

Videos

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Rig Rundown: Jared James Nichols

February 26, 2020
No picks needed for this high-octane blues rocker, who keeps it simple with a single-P-90 signature Epiphone and namesake Blackstar head that doubles as his carry-on.
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Strymon Iridium: The Premier Guitar Review

February 26, 2020
Intrigued but also daunted by sophisticated amp modelers? Strymon's latest brilliantly bridges the gap with a simple stompbox-style interface boasting a handful of stellar amp emulations.
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First Look: Epiphone Joe Bonamassa 1960 Les Paul Standard "Norm Burst"

February 24, 2020
Fat tones, fast neck, and scads of vintage Les Paul vibe at an easy-to-own price.
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Rig Rundown: Rick Beato

February 19, 2020
One of YouTube’s leading music authorities opens up his well-stocked studio and shares the stories behind some of his most cherished gear.
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First Look: Wampler Terraform

February 17, 2020
Powerful DSP and creative routing options make this a one-stop modulation shop.
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Rig Rundown: Dr. Dog

February 12, 2020
Solid-state bizarros, custom instruments, and shape-shifting digital dynamos power these lo-fi rockers' aural adventures.
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Five Upscale Ambient Reverb Voices, One Very Entry-Level Price

February 11, 2020
This Spin FV-1-driven stomp from Italy delivers expansive sounds for just over a Benjamin. The PG Foxgear Rainbow review.
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First Look: Electro-Harmonix 5MM Power Amp

February 10, 2020
Check out the big amp tones from a little box that won't bust your eardrums (or your bankroll).
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Fender Tone Master Deluxe Reverb: The Premier Guitar Review

February 7, 2020
A DSP-driven blackface Deluxe that dares players to differentiate between tube and digital.
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Rig Rundown: Duane Denison

February 5, 2020
The Jesus Lizard and Tomahawk riffer reveals how working as a setup tech for Gibson informed the design of his signature aluminum axes from Electrical Guitar Company.
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Electro-Harmonix Ram’s Head Big Muff: The Premier Guitar Review

February 3, 2020
Matthews and company chase the sound of the most coveted vintage Big Muff and come dang close to hitting the mark—and for less than 100 bucks.
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Riff Rundown: Chon's "Gift"

February 2, 2020
The guitar duo slow down their finger-tapping firepower and break apart the outstretched chords that bring the Chon song to life.
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Lag Guitars HyVibe Smart Guitar Demo | NAMM 2020

January 31, 2020
Do-it-all smartphone-controllable axes with built-in effects invite you to leave your pedalboard—and even your amp—at home.
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Rig Rundown: Albert Lee

January 29, 2020
A bona fide twang-guitar legend shares stories of his time with Clapton and gives an inside look at how he approaches his signature sound.
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First Look: Victory Amps VC35 The Copper

January 27, 2020
Ride with an AC-style overachiever that dishes punch and sophistication from a light, compact head.
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Electro-Harmonix Mod 11 Modulator & 5MM Power Amp Demos | NAMM 2020

January 24, 2020
Check out the company's immeasurably deep modulation machine and a handy pedal-sized power amp.
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Sterling by MusicMan Jason Richardson 7 String Cutlass Demo | NAMM 2020

January 24, 2020
The shredder plays and talks about his new axe—the budget-priced sequel to his Music Man Cutlass HH 7-string—which has custom pickups, a 12 dB volume boost, and coil-splitting.
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ENKI AMG Professional Guitar and Bass Cases | NAMM 2020

January 24, 2020
Cushy, model-specific interiors meet lightweight-but-tough-as-nails materials in these intriguing new options for road warriors.
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Oopegg Guitars Trailbreaker Mk I Demo | NAMM 2020

January 24, 2020
A new Japanese guitar maker debuts its all-handbuilt 6-strings, boasting flexible pickup options, out-of-phase switching, coil-splitting, classic tones, and retro-space-age looks.
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Orange Bass Butler & Little Bass Thing Demos | NAMM 2020

January 24, 2020
Want the flexibility of a dual-amp bass rig without the doctor bills? Here's an oversized stomp that gives you a wealth of different routing options.
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