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Smooth-as-satin playability and exacting construction make this accessibly priced slope-shouldered dread an understated star.

Super excellent playability and neck feel. Tip-top quality for the price. Beautiful Grand Pacific shape. Excellent value.

Harder strumming can overemphasize midrange.

$899

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5

Though I’ve never owned a Taylor from the affordable end of their price spectrum, they have brought me a lot of joy and inspiration over the years. My encounters with GS Minis and 100-series dreads whilst lounging on friend’s porches and tour host’s living rooms have inspired little riffs that became more elaborate things over time—all born from a casual hang with a flattop that was fun to hold, easy to play, and sounded sweet enough that I didn’t want to ditch the conversation.

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Slash onstage with Guns N’ Roses, backed by a fleet of glowing Magnatone M-80 amps, the inspiration for his current signature model, the SL-100.

Photo by CQPhotographer

The guitar icon revisits his roots with a feral 6-string rager featuring guests Billy Gibbons, Gary Clark Jr., Chris Stapleton, Brian Johnson, Steven Tyler, Beth Hart, Demi Lovato, and others. His guests onstage for the accompanying S.E.R.P.E.N.T. Festival tour will be a rotating cast of the Warren Haynes Band, Keb’ Mo’, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Robert Randolph, Larkin Poe, Eric Gales, ZZ Ward, Samantha Fish, and Jackie Venson.

Many of us have been transfixed by Jimi Hendrix’s acoustic 12-string performance of “Hear My Train A Comin’,” in the 1973 documentary A Film About Jimi Hendrix. Including Slash. But Slash, being Slash, took it a step further.

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Fat envelope filter and sample-and-hold effects make the Spatial Delivery V3 a veritable factory of percolating, sweeping, yowling, and vowel-y freak-out sounds.

Huge range of traditional to blown-out envelope and sample-and-hold effects. Easy-to-program presets are invaluable.

It would be cool if you could scroll through presets with the footswitch.

$199

EarthQuaker Spatial Delivery V3
earthquakedevices.com

4.5
4.5
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There are pedals that can get you out of a rut and there are pedals that squeeze your noggin like Silly Putty across some alternate musical dimensions. The EarthQuaker Spatial Delivery V3 tends toward the latter category. On one hand, it’s a cool-sounding envelope filter that can be used in most traditional applications of that effect (Jerry Garcia, Bootsy Collins, etc.). But it doesn’t take much prompting to go from sort-of-groovy to mind-melt. And in this version there are six presets which enable you to traverse its crazy-wide range of sounds by switching on the fly.

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When is an overdrive more than an overdrive? When it touches on distortion and fuzz as well.

Wide range of dirty tones. Touches on the fuzz spectrum.

Can’t use boost circuit on its own.

$269

Silktone Overdrive+
silktone.org

4.5
4.5
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The All-Pedal Microdose is a mind-altering experience, but it’s not for the faint of heart.

Endless sounds and tweakability, from subtle to brain-melting.

Expensive. Probably too much firepower for most users.

$325

All-Pedal Microdose
allpedal.com

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