Read the September 2018 Issue

Gear Award 2018

PureSalem Mendiola Review

March 16, 2018
A graceful and thoughtfully executed mashup of Fender, Gibson, and Eko elements adds up to a lean, clean, and mean performance 6-string.
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Todd Sharp JOAT 20 Review

March 13, 2018
A studio ace's decades of session experience informed this combo's galaxy of tones—and all without a traditional tone stack.
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Sublime Chieftain Deluxe Review

March 12, 2018
A budget-friendly semi-hollowbody with something rare in its price range: a unique personality.
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Quick Hit: Mythos Pedals Chupacabra

March 5, 2018
The fine line between overdrive and fuzz is brilliantly blurred in this inspired take on the sound of vintage Texas boogie.
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Miura Guitars M2 Review

March 2, 2018
This no-frills, simple-to-use bass compressor makes it a breeze to incorporate the effect most low-enders really shouldn't be without.
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Mesa/Boogie Rosette 300/Two:Eight Review

February 28, 2018
Flexible EQ and lively sounds add up to a killer compact acoustic amplification solution.
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Quick Hit: Peterson StroboClip HD

February 26, 2018
This sleek clip-on makes easy work of precise strobe tuning for any stringed instrument.
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Yellowcake Lida Machine Review

February 22, 2018
A double-headed filter pedal full of compelling tones.
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Quick Hit: Seafoam Pedals Lighthouse

February 16, 2018
Tiny-but-mighty tweaking options make this way more than just a boost.
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Electro-Harmonix Green Russian Big Muff Review

February 5, 2018
The famed pedal builders revive a legend that delivers authentic Sovtek sounds at a rock-bottom price.
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Quick Hit: Guild Jumbo Junior Bass

February 4, 2018
An acoustic bass that’s easy to transport, has big tones, is well constructed, and priced right.
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Nolatone Club Master Review

January 18, 2018
Paul Sanders’ compact and excellent pedal platform delivers much more than mere headroom. It also sounds awesome, all by itself.
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API TranZformer LX Review

January 11, 2018
A pair of top-shelf studio weapons are transformed into one DI pedal that gives bassists formidable tone-sculpting power.
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Boss MD-500 Review

January 8, 2018
Classic Boss stompbox effects in a progressive package.
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G&L Doheny Review

January 4, 2018
Leo's other company finally enters the offset realm with a forward-looking and unique-sounding evolution of the form.
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Quick Hit: SoundBrut DrVa

January 3, 2018
A Swedish outfit’s debut op-amp drive and “Varitone”-style MOSFET boost serves up a refreshing array of lush-to-sick sounds.
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Catalinbread Belle Epoch Deluxe Review

December 25, 2017
The Oregon-based company hones their excellent Echoplex EP-3-inspired sounds and delivers a horde of warbling, whooshing analog-style echo textures on top.
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Martin D-28 (2017) Review

December 15, 2017
An American classic undergoes a modest makeover.
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Gretsch G6609TFM Players Edition Broadkaster Review

December 5, 2017
New-design Full’Tron pickups turn a familiar semi-hollowbody into a potent axe that’ll wow fans of both vintage Gretsch sounds and sparkling modern tones.
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RainSong CH-WS Review

November 24, 2017
A more accessibly priced RainSong also delivers nuance, balance, and tones that rival solid wood flattops.
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