November 2018

Gear Award 2017

Gurus Sexydrive MkII Review

August 27, 2017
Versatile controls mean a multitude of sounds in this cool Italian OD.
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Seymour Duncan Andromeda Review

August 26, 2017
A deep and dynamic delay that’s an instrument as much as an effect.
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Keeley Filaments Review

August 24, 2017
Keeley’s first metal-oriented distortion excels—even beyond heavy realms.
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Chase Bliss Audio Brothers Review

August 21, 2017
A phenomenally flexible boost/drive/fuzz.
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BYOC Crown Jewel Review

August 4, 2017
Is this the most versatile overdrive ever?
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Victory V40 Deluxe Review

August 1, 2017
Bridging the blackface/plexi gap.
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Friedman Dirty Shirley Mini Review

July 28, 2017
A kid-sister amp with a grown-up voice.
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Martin 0-18 Review

July 20, 2017
A venerable Martin design returns, brimming with elegance, punch, class, and sass.
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Hughes & Kettner GrandMeister Deluxe 40 Review

July 16, 2017
Tube potency meets programmability in a super-flexible 40-watt monster.
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Quick Hit: Curtis Novak Jazzmaster Widerange Set

July 9, 2017
The former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist and frequent Fender Custom Shop collaborator hits a homer with these must-try pickups for JM nuts.
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Hilbish Design Beta Review

July 7, 2017
The spirit of the Sunn Beta is reborn in Nate Hilbish’s loud and lovingly executed homage.
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Mu-FX Phasor 2X Review

June 29, 2017
A classic ’70s phaser is resurrected—again!
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Dunable Cyclops Review

June 27, 2017
A stripped-down, solid workhorse for those about to rock.
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Flattop Finesse: Acoustic Steel-String Review Roundup

June 15, 2017
Three new acoustics from Guild, Cort, and Art & Lutherie.
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AER Compact 60/3 TE Review

June 6, 2017
Aussie fingerstyle wizard Tommy Emmanuel gets a clear, lush, and expansive-sounding signature acoustic amp.
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Titan KR1 Review

June 1, 2017
A thinking player’s “budget boutique” guitar.
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Fuchs ODS Classic Review

May 29, 2017
The latest version of the Overdrive Supreme is almost absurdly versatile.
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Fender American Professional Jazz Bass Review

May 22, 2017
A refresh of one of the most iconic bass designs brings some new flavor for the modern player, but keeps its Jazz soul intact.
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Quick Hit: TWA Hot Saké

May 19, 2017
Forget Klon clones—this handbuilt stomp serves up an intoxicating variety of drive and dirt with uncommon EQ flexibility.
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Electro-Harmonix Blurst Review

May 12, 2017
This fun and multifaceted filter goes way beyond wah.
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