june 2020

Isolated power supplies like this 1 SPOT Pro from Truetone helped silence the groans, whines, and ticks once common to pedalboards.

All 9V blocks are not created equal. Here's what to look for to avoid hiss, hum, and crackle.

(Originally published April 22, 2020)

At the dawn of the guitar-effects age, powering pedals was relatively simple. If an effects pedal didn't take a standard 9V battery like your AM transistor radio, it plugged into the wall like your avocado-green toaster. Forever dissatisfied, guitar players eventually grew weary of changing batteries, and plugging stuff into the wall was kind of a drag, too.

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Deliciously vintage details distinguish an affordable Les Paul that delivers authentically old-school performance, too.

Recorded with Friedman BE and custom-built tweed Deluxe-style amps.

0:00 – Bridge pickup, into Friedman BE lead channel.

0:45 – Switch to neck pickup.

1:02 – Bridge pickup, into clean-ish tweed-style amp.

1:14 – Both pickups.

1:25 – Neck pickup.


A well conceived, impressively executed, and affordable take on a star artist's vintage Les Paul. Many authentic vintage-style details. Articulate in overdriven contexts.

Thinner neck profile might turn away some players, despite vintage accuracy.


Epiphone Limited Edition Joe Bonamassa 1960 Les Paul “Norm Burst"




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