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An undersung rhythmic vibe enhancer gets a compact and capable reissue.

Unique, inspiring, and fun effect. Stereo functions open up lots of potential. Works well with other effects.

Compact footprint makes it hard to access some essential functions. Can be confusing to learn.

$169

Boss Slicer
boss.info

5
3.5
3.5
5


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Rig Rundown: Ariel Posen [2023]

The silky smooth slide man may raise a few eyebrows with his gear—a hollow, steel-bodied baritone and .017s on a Jazzmaster—but every note and tone he plays sounds just right.

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Classy design extras, ultra-buttery playability, and sweet, growling pickups distinguish this excellent ES alternative.

Faultless construction. Very nice PAF-style tones. Exceptional playability. Beautiful visual presence and cool vibe. Comes with a hard case.

The extra 200 bucks you’ll pay over the price of a more modest Epiphone ES-335 might be too much for practical players.

$899

Epiphone Noel Gallagher Riviera
epiphone.com

4.5
5
5
4

Whatever your opinion of Oasis—and they have a way of engendering opinions—there’s little arguing that Noel Gallagher has an ear for a tune. And like many contemporary British indie guitarists and forebears like his hero, Johnny Marr, Gallagher also understands the romantic and iconographic power of a great tune played on a classic guitar—particularly as a means of asserting difference from the pop and hair metal tribes that came before.

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Supro goes toe-to-toe with the Princeton and comes packing a bag of extra tricks.

Appealingly retro. Compact. Practical power-scaling functions. A great low-power pedal platform.

Natural overdrive can get a little soft and squishy when pushed hard (if you don’t like that sort of thing).

$1,199

Supro Amulet
suprousa.com

4
4
4.5
4

If current trends are any indication, lower stage and studio volumes are with us to stay, and Supro, in particular, has built a lot of low-power amps to serve this segment of the market. The Amulet is the latest in a line built to satisfy small-amp appetites and deal thick, vintage-leaning tone.

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Three of five new analog stomps from the revived brand forge unique paths from vintage origins.

Unique, vintage-colored modulations. Boost compensates for perceived volume loss.

Modulations could be a little more liquid and cohesive.

$159

Maestro Mariner Tremolo
maestroelectronics.com

4
4
4
4

Many different effects can salvage a crappy backline situation. A nice reverb goes a long way toward making a lame amp sound okay. A delay or compressor can usually lend a little energy and mystery to an otherwise lifeless tone, too. But in my experience, few effects coax magic from garbage quite like tremolo.

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