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First Look: Fender Player Duo-Sonic

First Look: Fender Player Duo-Sonic

August 10, 2020
A streamlined, short-scale solidbody that spans Stratocaster tones and Telecaster simplicity.
First Look: JHS Crimson

First Look: JHS Crimson

June 15, 2020
The Muff-style entry from the new Legends of Fuzz series revisits the very earliest Sovtek circuit—and adds a switch for enhanced mids.
First Look: EarthQuaker Devices Afterneath V3

First Look: EarthQuaker Devices Afterneath V3

May 18, 2020
Guitar phenom ​Yvette Young tap dances around the ethereal, ambient, cavernous world of EQD's latest reverb.
First Look: Seymour Duncan Polaron

First Look: Seymour Duncan Polaron

April 6, 2020
Mountains of modulation are amassed in a stomp that goes way beyond basic phasing.
First Look: Guild X-175 Manhattan Special

First Look: Guild X-175 Manhattan Special

March 30, 2020
Thanks to its DeArmond Dynasonic pickups, true hollowbody tone delights await in this classy and handsomely styled 6-string that won't break the bank.
First Look: JHS PG-14 Paul Gilbert Signature Distortion

First Look: JHS PG-14 Paul Gilbert Signature Distortion

March 23, 2020
Unleash Paul Gilbert's distortion tones—from smooth to super-saturated—with this signature stomp.
First Look: Supro Conquistador

First Look: Supro Conquistador

March 16, 2020
Tones and vibes abound in a super-handsome, semi-hollow Supro that scales a classic body shape up to 335-like dimensions.
First Look: Suhr Hombre

First Look: Suhr Hombre

March 2, 2020
Sweet simplicity meets tasty tremolo in a brownface-inspired tone machine.
First Look: Epiphone Joe Bonamassa 1960 Les Paul Standard "Norm Burst"

First Look: Epiphone Joe Bonamassa 1960 Les Paul Standard "Norm Burst"

February 24, 2020
Fat tones, fast neck, and scads of vintage Les Paul vibe at an easy-to-own price.
First Look: Wampler Terraform

First Look: Wampler Terraform

February 17, 2020
Powerful DSP and creative routing options make this a one-stop modulation shop.
First Look: Electro-Harmonix 5MM Power Amp

First Look: Electro-Harmonix 5MM Power Amp

February 10, 2020
Check out the big amp tones from a little box that won't bust your eardrums (or your bankroll).
First Look: Victory Amps VC35 The Copper

First Look: Victory Amps VC35 The Copper

January 27, 2020
Ride with an AC-style overachiever that dishes punch and sophistication from a light, compact head.
First Look: MXR Timmy Drive

First Look: MXR Timmy Drive

January 16, 2020
Paul Cochrane teams with MXR to build a tiny and accessibly priced take on his ultra-legendary overdrive.
First Look: Electro-Harmonix Ram's Head Big Muff

First Look: Electro-Harmonix Ram's Head Big Muff

January 13, 2020
From Gilmour to Mascis, the mighty Ram's Head has always represented the pinnacle of Muffery. Now this econo version delivers the goods for a fraction of the vintage-madness price.
First Look: Breedlove Organic Series Wildwood Concert Satin CE

First Look: Breedlove Organic Series Wildwood Concert Satin CE

January 6, 2020
Solid mahogany construction and stylish contemporary design distinguish this slinky performer—all for less than $650.
First Look: Foxgear Rainbow Reverb

First Look: Foxgear Rainbow Reverb

December 30, 2019
Five digital reverb engines and deep tone-tailoring features make this super-affordable time machine a supreme steal.
First Look: PRS SE Hollowbody Standard

First Look: PRS SE Hollowbody Standard

December 23, 2019
Muscular output and magnificent overtones meet in the first affordable, SE version of Annapolis’s hallowed hollow.
First Look: Fender American Ultra Jazzmaster

First Look: Fender American Ultra Jazzmaster

December 16, 2019
Fender reimagines its original offset 6-string with a compound fretboard radius, noiseless pickups, and super-versatile switching options.
First Look: Meris Hedra

First Look: Meris Hedra

December 9, 2019
It’s a bit complex, but this multifaceted shifter of undulating pitches rewards creative persistence with fascinating sonics.
First Look: Danelectro The Breakdown

First Look: Danelectro The Breakdown

December 2, 2019
We take this 2-knob take on the vintage Univox Uni-Drive used by Page and Beck for a spin with ’buckers and single-coils.