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Articles by Matthew Holliman

Devi Ever

Devi Ever FX Drone F*** Drone Review

August 6, 2013
Devi’s pedals sound great, and her creative streak yields many unusual tones and control sets. The all-analog Drone F*** Drone combines two of Devi’s most heralded fuzzes, the Bi-Fuzz and the Soda Meiser/Noise Floor.
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Dr. Z Antidote Amp Review

July 30, 2013
The Antidote is a 45-watt, two-voice head that delivers soaring KT66-driven tones reminiscent of everything from early JTM45s to ’70s JMPs.
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MXR Super Badass

MXR Super Badass Distortion Pedal Review

July 26, 2013
While the Super Badass lives up to its name on the basis of the savage distortion and authoritative overdrive that’s on tap, it’s the powerful EQ that makes this pedal truly badass.
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Jaguar HC50 Amp Review

Jaguar HC50 Amp Review

July 2, 2013
Jaguar's new HC50 dodges delivers a minimalist, potent, distinctly English-voiced EL34 amp that’s happy dishing immaculate clean tones and more ferocious sounds alike.
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Roland Cube 80GX Amp Review

Roland Cube 80GX Amp Review

June 28, 2013
The 80GX builds on with the company’s COSM (composite object sound modeling) audio software to hone a formula that’s always delivered a lot of bang for the buck to players who need to cover a lot of musical ground on a budget.
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Electro-Harmonix Epitome

Electro-Harmonix Epitome Pedal Review & Demo

June 27, 2013
A digitally controlled system that harnesses an impressive reverb and modulation trio—the Holy Grail Plus, Stereo Electric Mistress, and Micro POG.
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Electro-Harmonix Epitome Pedal Review

Electro-Harmonix Epitome Pedal Review

June 26, 2013
A digitally controlled system that harnesses an impressive reverb and modulation trio—the Holy Grail Plus, Stereo Electric Mistress, and Micro POG.
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Viktorian Grace Status Electric Guitar Review

Viktorian Grace Status Electric Guitar Review

June 15, 2013
The hollowbody Status is a single-mold composite instrument that packs a highly diverse range of tones.
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Boss MO-2 Multi-Overtone Pedal Review

Boss MO-2 Multi-Overtone Pedal Review

June 14, 2013
A pitch-shifting unit that can accentuate high, low, or midrange octaves with a unique harmonized charm.
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ZT Extortion Expressive Distortion Pedal Review

ZT Extortion Expressive Distortion Pedal Review

June 10, 2013
The ZT Extortion Expressive Distortion is an exceptional overdrive/distortion combo that gives you a ton of tone combinations under one roof.
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Epiphone Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar Review

Epiphone Genesis Deluxe PRO Electric Guitar Review

June 5, 2013
A reissue of a closet classic, this sub-$500 solidbody has versatility in spades thanks to an array of pickup switching options.
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Source Audio Orbital Modulator Pedal Review

Source Audio Orbital Modulator Pedal Review

May 11, 2013
The DSP-based Orbital Modulator from Source Audio packs 12 modulation effects and significant shaping power in a compact pedal that’s formidable onstage or in the studio.
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Boss TE-2 Tera Echo Pedal Review

Boss TE-2 Tera Echo Pedal Review

May 7, 2013
Using the company’s new MDP (multi-dimensional processing), Boss has made the TE-2 an especially dynamic delay, reverb, and modulation box that will satisfy adventurous guitarists, as well as the ambient crowd.
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Sonuus Wahoo Pedal Review

Sonuus Wahoo Pedal Review

March 11, 2013
The new Sonuus Wahoo pedal captures the spirit of simple synthesis, the vocal responsiveness of a great wah, and both classic and unusual modulation effects in a single robust design.
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Quilter MicroPro 200 Full-Range 8" Amp Review

Quilter MicroPro 200 Full-Range 8" Amp Review

February 20, 2013
The founder of QSC turns his pro-audio expertise to crafting a stellar-sounding, portable solid-state amp.
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TC Electronic Flashback X4 Pedal Review

TC Electronic Flashback X4 Pedal Review

February 4, 2013
TC Electronic''s Flashback X4 is home to an absolute wealth of features and is an excellent sounding delay by any measure.
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Nace M1-18R Amp Review

Nace M1-18R Amp Review

January 9, 2013
Though the Nace M1-18R will exceed the budget of most casual players, it verges on being a work of art and can be a dangerous weapon in the studio and small-to-medium sized stages.
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FuzzHugger(fx) Pocket Arcade Pedal Review

FuzzHugger(fx) Pocket Arcade Pedal Review

January 2, 2013
The Pocket Arcade combines fuzz, oscillation, octave, and modulation to offer a wealth of weird tones in a tiny, compact form.
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Carr Bloke Amp Review

Carr Bloke Amp Review

December 26, 2012
A powerhouse throwback to raunchy classic rock tones with Carr''s signature quality and responsiveness.
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ZT Amplifiers Lunchbox Junior Amp Review

ZT Amplifiers Lunchbox Junior Amp Review

December 10, 2012
Weighing only five pounds and armed with a couldn’t-be-easier control set, the solid-state ZT Junior sounds deceptively tube-like in terms of response and warmth.
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