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Articles by Matthew Holliman

Buffalo FX Germanium Fuzz Pedal Review

September 5, 2012
Die-hard tone nerds get pretty wrapped up in minutiae these days. For instance, in fuzz-freak circles it doesn’t take much provocation to start a debate over whether the silvery
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Jet City The Flood Pedal Review

September 5, 2012
The Flood delay pedal from Jet City delivers analog circuitry, a wide range of delay times, a solid build, and an accessible price.
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Catalinbread Galileo Pedal Review

August 21, 2012
The combination of Catalinbread’s CB30 overdrive and Naga Viper (a Dallas Rangemaster clone) add up to a “Vox in a box.”
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Diago Little Smasher Guitar Amp Review

August 10, 2012
Diago’s Little Smasher is an achievement in amplifier portability with some decent tones, including some crunchy sounds that will make you believe you’re using something much bigger.
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Pigtronix FAT Drive Pedal Review

March 9, 2012
The breadth and quality of Pigtronix output in recent years has been impressive. And for its efforts and ingenuity, the Long Island-based stompbox company has garnered the favor of
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Caroline Guitar Company Olympia Fuzz Pedal Review

March 9, 2012
In the fuzz realm, there’s an allure to the circuits of the ’70s that attracts a very obsessive crowd. They prowl for that perfect, sinewy, buzz-saw sustain that’s graced
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Dr. Z Maz 8 Studio Amp Review

March 9, 2012
While some companies have been around longer, Dr. Z is arguably one of the kingpins of boutique amplification. The Cleveland, Ohio, amp builder has some seriously heavyweight customers, including
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Gtrwrks 19 Sixty 3 Boost Pedal Review

February 10, 2012
The effects of a boost pedal are always most apparent through a nice clean rig. In this case, a ’68 Fender Bassman and a 4x12 loaded with V30 Celestions did the trick.
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Grammatico Kingsville Amp Review

February 10, 2012
Leo’s great tweed Bassman circuit (known far and wide by amp nerds as the 5F6A) was such a success it has inspired imitators and homages ever since.
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Spaceman Aphelion Harmonic Overdrive Pedal Review

February 1, 2012
Choosing an overdrive is tricky business. There’s a lot of them out there. And once you’ve plowed through the plethora of reissue, vintage, and clones out there on the
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Red Witch Lily Boost, Grace Compressor, and Ivy Distortion Reviews

December 27, 2011
What’s so cool about having a smart-phone battery in a guitar effect? For starters, they’re rechargeable, which means freedom from unreliable power sources, tangles of wire, and noise from shoddy club wiring.
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Red Witch Ruby Fuzz, Violet Delay, Scarlett Overdrive, and Eve Tremolo Reviews

December 20, 2011
Here we check out the Ruby Fuzz, Violet Delay, and Scarlett Overdrive.
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Stomp Under Foot Mean Green Machine Pedal Review

December 13, 2011
Loosely based on the original Ibanez TS-808, the Mean Green Machine is SUF''s contender in the saturated TS clone market.
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Moog Moogerfooger MF-108M Cluster Flux Pedal Review

November 15, 2011
The MF-108M Cluster Flux is a relatively more conventional multi-effects unit that offers Flange, Chorus, and Vibrato effects with the ability to tweak them wildly.
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Mojo Hand Colossus Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
Mojo Hand FX based its Colossus Fuzz on the Sovtek Big Muffs of the early ’90s, which until recently tended to be regarded as the homely stepsister of the Big Muff family.
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Line 6 Pod HD Review

September 20, 2011
The POD HD is the newest member of the family, and it’s packed with great simulations—including 22 amplifier models based on classics like the Fender Deluxe Reverb, Hiwatt DR103, and Vox AC15, as well as modern and boutique models like the Dr. Z Route 66, Bogner Überschall, and an ENGL Fireball 100.
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Blackstar HT-5R Amp Review

September 20, 2011
Featuring a very cool stereo digital reverb, the amp uses a single ECC83 tube to produce 5 watts of output power.
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Jack Deville Electronics Mod Zero Pedal Review

August 16, 2011
With the Mod Zero, Jack Deville has built an entirely analog, multifunction modulation unit that brings flanging, chorusing, rotary-speaker, and vibrato effects together in a single box.
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TC Electronic MojoMojo Overdrive and Dark Matter Distortion Pedal Reviews

August 3, 2011
Two new stompboxes from TC Electronic offer different flavors of vintage-inspired analog dirt.
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Ibanez JD9 Jet Driver Pedal Review

July 26, 2011
How could do you retain the sweet sound of a TS and catapult an already breaking-up Marshall into more frenzied territory?
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