March 2019

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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).
First Look: Fender American Performer Telecaster

First Look: Fender American Performer Telecaster

January 18, 2019
Watch John Bohlinger play the latest iteration of Leo's first solidbody that's loaded with a new Yosemite bridge single-coil and Keef-esque neck humbucker.
First Look: Supro 1313 Analog Delay

First Look: Supro 1313 Analog Delay

January 15, 2019
Our advance-look at the all-analog, MN3005-powered time machine co-designed with Howard Davis, who helped create the Deluxe Memory Man.
First Look: Emma Electronic Navigator Delay

First Look: Emma Electronic Navigator Delay

January 7, 2019
The Danish-born stomp's second delay generator (beat-split repeats), modulation capabilities (lush chorus and spacy flanging), and hybrid circuitry make it more than your standard echo machine.
Top 10 First Looks of 2018

Top 10 First Looks of 2018

December 31, 2018
You voted with your clicks! Here are PG's most-watched gear-demo videos of the year.
First Look: Mythos Pedals Positron Collider

First Look: Mythos Pedals Positron Collider

December 10, 2018
We test out the Nashville-based tone wizard's take on a "ram's head" Big Muff with both classic silicon and LED clipping—plus an added tone stack for a fuller, beefier ripping rage.
First Look: Death By Audio Total Sonic Annihilation 2

First Look: Death By Audio Total Sonic Annihilation 2

December 5, 2018
Just like its name says, this pedal takes whatever signal you feed it, chews it up, and beautifully destroys it. Oh, and it works as a mean fuzz, too.
First Look: Third Man Records + Mantic Flex

First Look: Third Man Records + Mantic Flex

December 3, 2018
Jack White first used the Mantic Flex on his solo for "Why Walk the Dog?" and now his label and self-proclaimed "pro-tique" pedal builder have collaborated on a zippery, gated (radical) troublemaker.
First Look: Carr Telstar

First Look: Carr Telstar

October 29, 2018
John Bohlinger uses a trio of guitars (a Gretsch Black Falcon, a '60s Tele, and a humbucker-loaded Kiesel) to test this interesting combo that pairs 6L6 and EL84 output tubes.
First Look: Tone King Sky King

First Look: Tone King Sky King

October 22, 2018
John Bohlinger challenges this 6L6-powered combo with P-90s, single-coils, and humbuckers to see what luscious tones are lurking in this beaut.