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Gear Award 2018

Line 6 HX Effects Review

September 23, 2018
A wickedly versatile multi-effect unit with remarkable flexibility.
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JHS Bonsai Review

September 20, 2018
Many modes of TS-style overdrive—every one a winner.
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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.
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Tsakalis AudioWorks Phonkify Review

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

September 14, 2018
ZVEX’s phaser/vibrato retains the rich, immersive modulation tones of its candle-driven design concept predecessor.
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Electro-Harmonix Oceans 11 Review

September 10, 2018
Reverb’s depths made accessible in a small and super-economical package.
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ThorpyFX Fat General Review

September 7, 2018
Parallel compression equals transparency and copious options in a top-flight British squeezebox.
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Fender Marine Layer Review

September 5, 2018
An affordable, well-made reverb pedal that nails vintage tones and dips into the ethereal.
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Ernie Ball Expression Tremolo Review

September 4, 2018
Treadle control of tremolo and reverb unleashes an atmosphere machine.
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Stomp Under Foot Sonic Generator Review

September 1, 2018
Maximum muffery and more!
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Wilson Effects Slapback Review

August 31, 2018
Dual digital delay engines drive a simple and super-colorful device.
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EarthQuaker Devices Aqueduct Review

August 29, 2018
An insane-to-elegant modulation tool that suits chaotic creators and control freaks alike.
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Boss/JHS JB-2 Angry Driver Review

August 26, 2018
Two overdrive titans combine to become a hydra-headed beast of dirt tones.
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Quick Hit: EarthQuaker Devices Westwood

August 16, 2018
With the ability to dial in transparent boost or use the active EQ to summon radically voiced overdrive, what’s not to love?
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Jam Pedals Ripply Fall Review

August 9, 2018
Phaser, chorus, vibrato, and ring modulation meet in a subtle-to-strange modulation mélange.
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Friedman BE-50 Deluxe Review

August 7, 2018
Fifty watts of stunning Marshall-flavored versatility that moves from clean to screaming.
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Guild Jetstar Review

July 31, 2018
Another Guild oddity rises Phoenix-like from the ashes—fit and in fighting form.
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Origin Effects RevivalDRIVE Review

July 26, 2018
This sophisticated “amp in a box” boasts countless cool tones and phenomenal build quality.
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Spaceman Mercury IV Review

July 19, 2018
Spaceman’s magical tone masseuse has a way of making everything sound just plain better.
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Sound City SC30 Review

July 17, 2018
This ’60s-inspired combo is a minimalist monster.
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