November 2019
Matthew Holliman

Matthew Holliman

Having rambled across the globe for a few years, Matthew Holliman recently returned to San Francisco, CA. He has a minor obsession with succulents and loose-leaf tea, and major obsessions with silicon transistors and English Bulldogs. When not touring or recording various projects, he’s likely to be found combing backwoods territories on Craigslist for the Holy Grail of guitar gear. The definition of the Holy Grail changes daily. His favorite color is aquamarine, and a few of his favorite books are Dune, Play it as it Lays, and Sometimes A Great Notion. Black licorce is his archenemy. Black Sabbath, on the other hand, rules.

ARTICLES

Joyo Vision Dual-Modulation Review

October 2, 2019
A wildly varied modulation machine delivers familiar to far-out tone colors at a rock-bottom price.
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Rocket Surgeon Ice Caves Review

September 24, 2019
An abundance of ambient reverb colors from an intuitive, compact stomp.
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Sitek Pandora Review

September 23, 2019
Sitek twists the legendary Super Fuzz to expansive ends.
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Haunted Labs Carolina Reaper Review

September 13, 2019
Germanium overdrive and fearsome fuzz meet in a super-flexible dirt machine.
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Blackstar HT20RH MkII Review

July 25, 2019
The English builder’s affordable mid-wattage star gets leaner, meaner, and more versatile.
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Greer Soma ’63 Review

June 21, 2019
Brownface-style tones are just the beginning for this early-’60s-flavored, Fullerton-inspired preamp.
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Wampler Fuzztration Review

April 26, 2019
A beast of an octave fuzz with versatility in mind.
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Beetronics Royal Jelly Review

September 8, 2018
Double trouble from a 2-channel fuzz and overdrive blender.
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Stomp Under Foot Sonic Generator Review

September 1, 2018
Maximum muffery and more!
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Magnetic Effects Midphoria Review

March 30, 2018
Fixed filter tones are just the beginning in this very versatile cocked-wah-style effect.
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Matthews Effects The Chemist Review

March 15, 2018
Clever switching options and multiple modulation and octave textures make this compact pedal a sound laboratory.
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Old Blood Noise Endeavors Fault Review

December 1, 2017
A cascading overdrive/distortion that moves from reserved to blistering.
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Carl Martin Red Repeat Review

September 12, 2017
The newest evolution of an affordable digital delay classic adds analog-style flutter modulation and tap tempo.
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Mastro Valvola Millibar Review

September 10, 2017
An optical compressor that delivers subtlety and superb control.
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Tsakalis Experience Review

September 4, 2017
A capable control set makes this Hendrix-inspired octave fuzz surprisingly versatile.
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Stomp Audio Labs Octopus Review

June 13, 2017
A versatile and well-built combination of up-and-down octave and powerful fuzz.
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Daredevil Red Light District Review

February 9, 2017
You can tease high- or low-gain delights from Daredevil’s latest dirt machine.
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Ernie Ball Ambient Delay Review

January 17, 2017
Expression pedal, delay, and reverb combine in an impressively practical and potent effect.
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Boss GT-1 Guitar Effects Processor Review

December 23, 2016
An impressively compact and inexpensive unit packed with convincing digital models.
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Laney GH50R-212 Review

June 27, 2016
Classic Laney high-gain sounds become impressively configurable in this potent new 2-channel combo.
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