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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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Twenty watts of tube power, tweed, and modern touches from attenuation to direct recording capability distinguish the newest version of a Peavey staple.

Flexible and full of practical features. Capable of spanning many Fender- and Vox-style sounds. Useful attenuator.

Clean channel can lack dimensionality. Lead channel can be sizzly in the top-end range.

$999 street

Peavey Classic 20
peavey.com

3.5
4
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4

Perhaps it’s just coincidence, but lately I’ve had a few chats where chums and acquaintances recalled Peavey amps with great fondness. Just a few months back, a friend I play with showed up to a show beaming with pride for having scored an old Studio series combo from the ’90s on the cheap, and I know a few bass players who are always on the hunt for ’80s Peavey bass heads.

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Six classic dirt circuits are paired across three pedals with recombinant drive and EQ sections, yielding many unexpected sounds.

The BB and OC circuits both sound excellent in standard mode. Hybrid sounds are intriguing and expansive.

Sometimes requires a fair bit of knob twiddling when moving between drive modes.

$199

Keeley Electronics Blues Disorder
robertkeeley.com

5
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4.5

Anyone aware of Robert Keeley’s knack for marrying timeless circuits to contemporary functionality knows the sense of anticipation when he decides to take on another classic. In the case of the pedals reviewed here, however, Keeley didn’t take on a single pedal. Instead, these three stomps from the new 4-in-1 Series each combine two classic circuits and then add the ability to use the clipping and EQ sections from each interchangeably. In many cases, these recombinations lead to untapped potential and unexpected sounds.

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