June Issue

Articles by Jordan Wagner

Lakland Decade 6 Bass Review

July 4, 2013
But the 6-string bass offers a truly unique voice with a range that’s between a baritone and a standard bass.
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Charvel Desolation Soloist DX-1 ST Electric Guitar Review

June 21, 2013
Charvel’s affordable metal machine offers incredible playability and crushing overdriven tones.
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Z.Vex Fat Fuzz Factory Pedal Review

June 18, 2013
The FFF includes a switch that greatly expands the low end and shifts the range of its famous oscillating feedback to much lower registers.
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Circus Freak Pickled Punk Pedal Review

June 13, 2013
Hailing from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Circus Freak Effects is a relative newcomer to the pedal game. The pedals they build, however, reflect the musical experience amassed by cofounder A.J.
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Album Review: Black Sabbath - "13"

June 6, 2013
Ozzy & Co.'s latest relies heavily on the sounds of their past, with flickers of hope for the future.
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Album Review: Alice In Chains - “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here”

May 20, 2013
AiC is back with a slower-paced, but still hard-hitting album that features some of Jerry Cantrell's most masterful playing yet.
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Lace Matt Pike Dirty Heshers Pickups Review

May 11, 2013
The Matt Pike Dirty Heshers from Lace are designed to produce the massive tones Pike is known for, only bigger and richer than you’d expect from super-hot humbuckers.
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DBZ Diamond Hailfire SM Electric Guitar Review

May 1, 2013
Since launching in 2008, DBZ Guitars has introduced some of the most eye-catching instruments in the industry, quickly garnering the attention of players like John Corabi, Kid Rock’s Jason
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Vigier Excalibur Special 7 Guitar Review

April 15, 2013
The tone, playability, and flawless build of the Vigier Excalibur Special 7 elevates the guitar to a level of all-around performance that few companies can touch.
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Verellen Meatsmoke Preamp Review

April 15, 2013
An excellent tool for rock and metal players, the Verellen Amplification Meatsmoke preamp is a compact version of the all-tube Meatsmoke amp head that delivers tones very close to those of its bigger brother.
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Orange TH100 Amp Review

April 15, 2013
The dual-channel TH100 is a lesson in brutal simplicity that hearkens back to Orange’s golden era of no-nonsense designs with immense power.
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Diezel D-Moll Amp Review

April 15, 2013
The Diezel D-Moll is a 100-watt powerhouse that delivers crystal clean tones and smoldering overdrive from six ECC83 preamp tubes and a quartet of KT77 power tubes.
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EVH 5150 III 50-Watt Amp Review

April 15, 2013
Fender has once again joined forces with Eddie Van Halen to expand the 5150III amp family. This time the result is a smaller 50-watt version of the master’s signature amp.
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Engl Fireball 100 Amp Review

April 15, 2013
The Fireball 100 builds upon the simple, no-frills approach established by its 60-watt predecessor.
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Marshall JVM410HJS Amp Review

April 15, 2013
Joe Satriani’s signature 100-watt JVM410HJS builds upon the jack-of-all-trades JVM410H, and is designed to deliver five decades’ worth of Marshall tones from a single head.
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Interview: Early Graves - Thrash in the Saddle Again

April 15, 2013
After a series of tragic setbacks—including the death of founding vocalist Makh Daniels—Chris Brock and Early Graves charge back into the metal fray and emerge triumphant with a thundering masterpiece.
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Randall Thrasher Amp Review

April 15, 2013
Randall’s all-tube Thrasher amp head is the company’s new flagship—the result of a recently forged partnership with boutique amp guru Mike Fortin.
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Blackstar Blackfire 200 Amp Review

April 15, 2013
The Blackfire 200 is Gus G’s signature amplifier, and it unites the extra firepower from the guitarist’s signature HT-Blackfire overdrive pedal with Blackstar’s Series One 200 head.
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Way Huge Echo-Puss Pedal Review

March 20, 2013
The Echo-Puss is designed to appeal to players who favor the delay times and modulation circuitry of delay pedals from the ’70s and ’80s
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Tech 21 VT Bass 1000 & B410-VT Bass Rig Review

March 11, 2013
The combination of a VT Bass 1000 head and B410-VT cab makes for a pretty incredible bass rig that gets very, very close to the sound and feel of a classic Ampeg SVT.
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