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First Look: EarthQuaker Devices Astral Destiny

First Look: EarthQuaker Devices Astral Destiny

January 21, 2021
Reverb goes wiggly, wobbly, and wild in a new pitch-shifting, modulated ambience machine.
Carr Super Bee: The <i>Premier Guitar</i> Review

Carr Super Bee: The Premier Guitar Review

January 11, 2021
Crave big black-panel Fender feel in an amp that doesn’t bust eardrums? This little brute delivers the substance and the sting.
Top 10 First Looks of 2020

Top 10 First Looks of 2020

December 30, 2020
A shit year didn't mean shit gear—here's our most-popular gear demos featuring fresh pieces from Epiphone, Fender, Suhr, EHX, MXR, and others.
First Look: Friedman Small Box

First Look: Friedman Small Box

December 22, 2020
Experience amp-style touch sensitivity in a pedal that deals high-gain horsepower and mid-gain plexi punch with ease.
First Look: Wampler Mini-Plexi Drive

First Look: Wampler Mini-Plexi Drive

December 14, 2020
Wield the punch of a plexi in a big drive made mini.
First Look: Mile End Effects MTHRFCKR=RPTR

First Look: Mile End Effects MTHRFCKR=RPTR

December 11, 2020
Dirty drive, wobbly LFO, and inspiration from tired cassette players options add up to a delay full of potential and personality.
First Look: Origin Effects MAGMA57

First Look: Origin Effects MAGMA57

December 4, 2020
Hear the stomp maker’s latest—a meticulously made box of Magnatone-style vibrato and drive magic.
First Look: Boss GT-1000CORE

First Look: Boss GT-1000CORE

December 2, 2020
From heavy to heavenly: Hear the shrunken powerhouse on raunchy riffs, ethereal reverb clouds, pitch-shifted bass, and more.
First Look: Wren and Cuff Blue Caprid

First Look: Wren and Cuff Blue Caprid

December 1, 2020
The Big Muff maniacs chase the holy mid-'70s Ram’s Head circuit to awesome ends.
First Look: Warm Audio Jet Phaser

First Look: Warm Audio Jet Phaser

November 30, 2020
Masters of affordable outboard studio gear execute an awesome take on one of Roland’s fuzziest, phasiest ’70s oddities.
First Look: Hughes & Kettner Spirit Nano Series

First Look: Hughes & Kettner Spirit Nano Series

November 23, 2020
Three mighty miniature amps that crank out three flavors of crunch and up to 50 watts of clobber.
First Look: Taylor GTe Urban Ash

First Look: Taylor GTe Urban Ash

November 16, 2020
Reclaimed urban ash, compact dimensions, and a slinky-feeling 24 1/8" scale add up to an evolutionary Taylor with a big voice.
First Look: Dunlop CBJ95 Cry Baby Junior Wah

First Look: Dunlop CBJ95 Cry Baby Junior Wah

November 12, 2020
A wailing wah classic with three killer voices and a footprint built for modern pedalboards.
First Look: PRS SE Hollowbody II Piezo

First Look: PRS SE Hollowbody II Piezo

November 9, 2020
Sweet with the resonance and abundant overtones of true hollowbody construction, this light and powerful PRS enables unique blends of electric and acoustic tones.
First Look: Electro-Harmonix 1440 Stereo Looper

First Look: Electro-Harmonix 1440 Stereo Looper

November 2, 2020
Twenty-four minutes of looping, reverse and octave effects, and storage for up to 20 loops make the 1440 a compact powerhouse for performance and composition.
First Look: Fender Brent Mason Telecaster

First Look: Fender Brent Mason Telecaster

October 26, 2020
B-bender, mini-bucker, and copious switching options make this session master's signature Telecaster a twanging tone chameleon.
First Look: Gibson Lukas Nelson Signature Les Paul Junior

First Look: Gibson Lukas Nelson Signature Les Paul Junior

October 19, 2020
Streamlined and straight ahead—this little Gibby oozes vintage vibes and no-frills attitude at a price mere mortals can afford.
First Look: Walrus Audio Julianna Deluxe Chorus/Vibrato

First Look: Walrus Audio Julianna Deluxe Chorus/Vibrato

October 15, 2020
Modulating ever outward, Walrus adds tap tempo, stereo I/O, random wave forms, ramping, and drift to the Julia to build a bigger, badder mod' machine.
First Look: Fender American Professional II Stratocaster

First Look: Fender American Professional II Stratocaster

October 13, 2020
The world’s most iconic electric evolves again—this time with a roasted pine body, contoured heel, rolled fretboard edges, and more articulate pickups.
First Look: Eventide Blackhole

First Look: Eventide Blackhole

October 5, 2020
One of the H9 and Space Reverb pedals’ most popular algorithms gets busted out into a very out-there standalone stomp.