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Articles by Jordan Wagner

The Tone God Acute ModestScream Pedal Review

February 22, 2012
The new ModestScream has enough tweakabilitiy to satisfy the most fickle guitarist.
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Carvin Brian Bromberg B24P Signature Bass Review

February 10, 2012
The new B24P bass is one of the two models resulting from Bromberg''s partnership with Carvin (there’s also a 5-string version of the Bromberg bass), and it’s one hell of a tool for dishing out low-end rumble.
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Lollar Pickups El Rayo Humbuckers Review

February 10, 2012
Jason Lollar is one of the undisputed kings of aftermarket pickups. In his workshop not far from Seattle, he crafts some of the finest, handmade Gibson- and Fender-style pickups
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Echopark Downtowner Custom Koa Limited Electric Guitar Review

February 10, 2012
The Downtowner is a simultaneously stunning and understated instrument that cleverly fuses design elements from a few famous vintage guitars—the curvy bout of the Les Paul and simplicity of the SG Classic—with funky Supro- and Silvertonelike lines.
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Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister 5 Amp Review

February 9, 2012
For studio cats that love high gain tones, the Tubemeister 5 is a killer choice.
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Boost Roundup: Lotus Desire Boost, Pigtronix Class A Boost, Caroline Guitar Company Icarus Boost, and Whirlwind The Bomb Pedal Reviews

February 8, 2012
We test four of the newest boutique booster pedals on the market to find out what they can add to the sonic brew.
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Boost Roundup: Lotus Desire Boost, Pigtronix Class A Boost, Olympia Icarus Boost, and Whirlwind The Bomb Pedal Reviews

February 7, 2012
We decided to test out four of the newest boutique booster pedals on the market to find out what they can add to the sonic brew.
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ESP LTD Vintage-204 Bass Review

January 31, 2012
From its humble beginnings as a supplier for custom replacement parts, ESP is one of a handful of guitar companies that has paid just as much attention to bassists
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Way Huge Red Llama Overdrive MkII Pedal Review

January 25, 2012
This new incarnation offers the same searing tones as the original, along with hefty amounts of volume boost.
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TC Electronic PolyTune Mini Tuner Review

January 25, 2012
In addition to its super-small footprint, the pedal features the new version of the PolyTune software with Capo Tuning and a massively requested Drop-D mode.
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Hartke Kilo and Hydrive 410 Amp Review

January 10, 2012
Hartke''s powerful new Kilo head features built-in compression, overdrive, muting, a slew of EQ controls, and multiple connection features.
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Mesa/Boogie Mini Rectifier Twenty-Five Amp Review

January 10, 2012
Despite its tiny size, the Mini demonstrates why the Recto sound has endured through waves of musical trends and fads.
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Two-Rock Exo-15 Amp Review

January 10, 2012
With the new EXO-15, the company focused on capturing that accuracy and transparency in a small, studio-friendly unit.
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D. Allen Johnny Hiland JohnnyBlades Pickups Review

January 10, 2012
The main goals of the JohnnyBlades are to deliver great single-coil tone, stay noiseless, and be versatile enough to cover a wide range of genres.
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Electro-Harmonix Analogizer Pedal Review

January 3, 2012
How well does it warm up digital tone?
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65Amps Empire Amp Review

December 28, 2011
The 22-watt Empire guns for the tones produced by big British amps like the Marshall''s Superlead and JCM800 amplifiers.
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Schecter Hellraiser Solo-6 E/A Guitar Review

December 20, 2011
Even though it’s based on what’s been one of the company’s biggest hits, this version uses semi-hollow body construction and a Fishman Powerbridge to expand its sonic potential.
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Verellen Meat Smoke Amplifier Review

December 7, 2011
Verellen’s 300-watt behemoth is a monster offering to the rock gods, with a vintage tinge in its voicing, an extremely clean power-section, and a design that enables use with both guitar and bass.
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Ampeg GVT15H Amp Review

November 30, 2011
Capable of the characteristic cleans and light overdrive that made its predecessors famous, the amp is also able to achieve high gain at less-than-ear-splitting volumes.
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Heavy Electronics El Oso Bass Distortion Pedal Review

November 30, 2011
For bassists, Payne has constructed the El Oso (Spanish for “The Bear”) Bass Distortion, aimed at providing the grit and grind that rock bassists need to be heard and felt in the mix.
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