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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

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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

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

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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Ge Auto Wah

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

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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Seymour Duncan Shape Shifter Stereo Tap Tremolo Review

August 21, 2015
Reimagined stereo tremolo readily moves from deep to demented.
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Orange Rockerverb 50 MKIII Review

May 18, 2015
Improved reverb and scalable power make an Orange stalwart more versatile than ever.
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G&L

G&L Detroit Muscle Series Fallout R/T Review

April 30, 2015
Sonic versatility and showstopping looks from a muscle car-inspired solidbody.
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Xotic

Xotic XW-1 Wah Review

March 16, 2015
Classic Italian wah tones form the sonic foundation for an altogether modern and flexible wah.
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T-Rex Effects Quint Machine Review

February 16, 2015
A powerful pitch-shifter that offers both octaves and fifths.
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Tech 21 Fly Rig 5 Review

December 24, 2014
A powerful multi-effect unit small enough to fit in your guitar case.
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Amptweaker TightDrive Pro Review

November 25, 2014
The TightDrive evolves into beast of overdrive versatility.
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Seymour Duncan Vapor Trail Analog Delay Review

September 14, 2014
This compact analog delay bubbles over with impressive modulated echo tones.
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