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First Look: Gibson SG Modern

First Look: Gibson SG Modern

May 21, 2019
We take the maple-capped, ’bucker-splitting, ebony-boarded 24-fretter for a spin, PG-style!
First Look: Fender Jimmy Page Mirror Telecaster

First Look: Fender Jimmy Page Mirror Telecaster

April 29, 2019
Watch John Bohlinger use and abuse the guitar god's signature Tele that's based on a '59 that was gifted to him from Jeff Beck and helped build Led Zeppelin I.
First Look: Kay Barney Kessel K6700V Artist

First Look: Kay Barney Kessel K6700V Artist

April 22, 2019
Watch John Bohlinger try out the revamped, reintroduced signature model designed for the jazz guitar giant.
First Look: Martin OM-28 Modern Deluxe

First Look: Martin OM-28 Modern Deluxe

April 15, 2019
Watch John Bohlinger enjoy his initial jam session on the acoustic icon's newest orchestra model that blends old-world craftsmanship with modern upgrades for maximum fingerstyle playability and tone.
First Look: PRS Paul's Guitar & SE Paul's Guitar

First Look: PRS Paul's Guitar & SE Paul's Guitar

April 8, 2019
We compare and contrast the affordable and upscale versions of the signature axe for the man behind the Maryland gear outfit.
First Look: Alexander Pedals Radical Delay DX

First Look: Alexander Pedals Radical Delay DX

April 1, 2019
See and hear how the expanded time machine warps your tone with six delay functions resulting in subtle swells and sweeps, mind-bending pitch-shifted repeats, and modulated video-game soundtracks.
First Look: Fender '62 Princeton Chris Stapleton Edition

First Look: Fender '62 Princeton Chris Stapleton Edition

March 28, 2019
Witness John Bohlinger try a '50s Strat, a Gibson Vegas, and a Filter'Tron-loaded Gretsch to demo the classic-designed, tremolo-rich combo for country music's outlaw superstar.
First Look: Catalinbread Coriolis

First Look: Catalinbread Coriolis

March 25, 2019
We find out how three knobs and a toggle help this stomp mimic a wah, filter, harmonizer, pitch shifter, and sustainer.
First Look: Taylor Grand Pacific Builder's Edition 717

First Look: Taylor Grand Pacific Builder's Edition 717

March 21, 2019
John Bohlinger flatpicks bluegrass, strums cowboy chords, and even thumbpicks the Peanuts theme as he tries out Andy Powers' newest body style with the company's proprietary V-Class bracing.
First Look: Marshall SV20C Studio Vintage

First Look: Marshall SV20C Studio Vintage

March 18, 2019
PG's lovable picker John Bohlinger uses the Page formula (Les Paul and Tele) to test out the new 1x10 combo based on a heralded stadium-filling 1959 Super Lead.
First Look: Daredevil Bootleg Dirty Delay

First Look: Daredevil Bootleg Dirty Delay

March 14, 2019
Hear how Chicago's Jonny Wator uses a Princeton 2399 IC digital chip to reproduce an analog-voiced echo machine dripping with pleasantly nasty repeats.
First Look: Keeley Synth-1

First Look: Keeley Synth-1

March 11, 2019
The hippie-zen cowboy saddles up his custom PRS to tussle with one of the mod scientist's weirdest pedals to date.
First Look: Strymon Volante

First Look: Strymon Volante

March 7, 2019
We ecstatically wander the maze of delay, 'verb, and looping possibilities in the digital mastermind's latest stomp.
First Look: Gibson G-45 Standard

First Look: Gibson G-45 Standard

March 4, 2019
John Bohlinger has a trial run with the storied guitar maker's new American-made flattop reminiscent of the iconic J-45, but with a solid Sitka spruce top, walnut back and sides, and a welcoming price tag.
First Look: Mesa/Boogie California Tweed

First Look: Mesa/Boogie California Tweed

February 25, 2019
With a 1955 Fender Strat, 1960 Gibson Les Paul Special, and a humbucker-loaded PRS DGT, John Bohlinger faces off with the 6V6-loaded combo that has spring reverb, five power levels, and includes two operating-classes.
First Look: Orange TremLord 30

First Look: Orange TremLord 30

February 21, 2019
John Bohlinger straps on a T-style, vintage Strat, and new Les Paul to test out the EL84 combo that warbles with two separate tube-driven tremolos and rich, lush 'verb.
First Look: Abasi Pathos

First Look: Abasi Pathos

February 14, 2019
PG's Perry Bean grabs an EMG-loaded ESP to explore the spectrum of nastiness in the Animals As Leaders frontman's namesake dirt box.
First Look: Dr. Z Nova

First Look: Dr. Z Nova

February 4, 2019
John Bohlinger test-drives this 5881-powered, tweed-Twin-inspired combo that lets you blend thick overdrive with its clean signal.
First Look: Source Audio True Spring

First Look: Source Audio True Spring

January 30, 2019
John Bohlinger tests this stereo pedal that pairs authentic-sounding amp- and outboard-reverb simulations with optical-, bias-, and harmonic-tremolo sounds.
First Look: Walrus Audio Lillian

First Look: Walrus Audio Lillian

January 21, 2019
A cousin to their popular Julia, the all-analog, multi-stage phaser (either 4- or 6-stage mode) that features a D-P-V blend (dry, phase, vibrato).