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Pickup Reviews

A powerful pedalboard tamer for the masses.

A breeze to program. Ability to edit loops on the fly.

Only eight presets. Large footprint for small pedal boards.

$499

Carl Martin Octa-Switch The Strip
carlmartin.com

5
4
4

Any time I come across a new, powerful piece of compact switching technology, I can't help but flash back to the fridge-sized racks and massive MIDI controllers that were once at the heart of many pro rigs. Until pretty recently, a pro-level switching system still cost serious coin. Carl Martin did a lot to close the affordability gap in that product category with their Octa-Switch series. But Carl Martin's latest (and slimmest) iteration of their Octa-Switch line, the Strip, is one of the easiest ways yet to manage your pedalboard and not break the bank.

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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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P-90 heat without the hiss.

Great versatility. Three terrific-sounding, distinct voices. Quiet!

Lacks a little of the grit and granularity of traditional P-90s (if you like that in the first place).

$169 (single) $289 (pair)

Fishman Fluence Greg Koch Gristle-Tone P-90s
fishman.com

4.5
5
4
4.5

Pickup companies often look backwards for inspiration. But Fishman redrew the blueprint for electric guitar pickups when it introduced the Fluence series in the early 2010s. Different in design and constriction from both the traditional passive electro-magnetic pickups of old and powered active pickups, they are relatively hum-free and much more consistent in sound and quality from unit to unit.

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This motorized tuner promises to tune your guitar for you—is it too good to be true? The PG Band Industries Roadie 3 review.

 

Ratings

Pros:
Tons of instrument flexibility and tuning presets. Convenient built-in metronome.

Cons:
Not for bass. Doesn’t display note names.

Street:
$129

Band Industries Roadie 3
roadiemusic.com


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