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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

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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Keeley Multi Echo ME-8 Review

June 3, 2016
The essence of eight echo machines gets distilled into a single, super-varied stompbox.
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Blackstar Artist 15 Review

May 6, 2016
This stealthy, streamlined 15-watter sings from both sides of the Atlantic.
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Fender Jimi Hendrix Stratocaster Review

March 1, 2016
A quirky homage to Jimi’s idiosyncratic Stratocasters delivers sonic dividends at an accessible price.
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Ibanez Talman Prestige TM1730M Review

January 10, 2016
Strat-influenced resurrection of an underrated Ibanez classic yields sweet single-coil tones and killer playability.
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Hovercraft Ionostrofear Review

November 13, 2015
Hovercraft delivers sophistication and menace in this massive-sounding fuzz.
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Mission Engineering Delta III Si Tri-Stage Distortion Review

October 22, 2015
A streamlined approach for boosted-to-fuzzy dirt tones.
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Boss SY-300 Guitar Synthesizer Review

September 30, 2015
An impressively editable, intuitive, and organic-sounding digital synth that clears the path to creativity.
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SviSound Ge Auto Wah Review

September 29, 2015
This germanium-driven auto wah delivers uncommon sensitivity and soft filtering effects.
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Korg SDD-3000 Programmable Digital Delay Review

September 18, 2015
The rack delay The Edge made famous reimagined as a versatile stompbox.
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Wampler Plexi-Drive Deluxe Review

August 27, 2015
A more versatile version of Wampler’s “plexi-in-a-box.”
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Electro-Harmonix Octavix Review

August 24, 2015
Electro-Harmonix delivers fat octave-up fuzz for aspiring Purple Hazers on a budget.
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