December 2020

Reviews

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13 Watts of Ringing, Raging Splendor

13 Watts of Ringing, Raging Splendor

December 2, 2020
A unique low-wattage combo, the Balthazar Cabaret 13 produces a potent mélange of Vox and Fender sounds—and sings with a loud and outsized voice.
IK Multimedia Z-Tone Buffer Boost: The <em>Premier Guitar</em> Review

IK Multimedia Z-Tone Buffer Boost: The Premier Guitar Review

November 30, 2020
An understated, utilitarian buffer/boost/preamp that can profoundly reshape your tones.
PRS SE Hollowbody II Piezo: The <i>PG</i> Review

PRS SE Hollowbody II Piezo: The PG Review

November 26, 2020
With a blendable piezo pickup, Annapolis’ affordable electric hollowbody becomes extra versatile.
Boss OC-5 Octave: The <em>Premier Guitar </em>Review

Boss OC-5 Octave: The Premier Guitar Review

November 20, 2020
Convincing 12-string tones, anyone? The compact-stomp vets retreat from less-used OC-3 features while preserving vintage octave vibes and serving up stunning new capabilities.
How Do You Make a Cheetah Purr?

How Do You Make a Cheetah Purr?

November 19, 2020
With a decidedly unique design, this cool and quirky short-scale bass appears to have the answer. The PG Nordstrand Acinonyx review.
JHS Supreme: The <i>Premier Guitar</i> Review

JHS Supreme: The Premier Guitar Review

November 13, 2020
Classic fuzz-pedal chaos meets modern tone shaping.
Mind Your Ps and Js

Mind Your Ps and Js

November 10, 2020
This well-constructed 4-string takes cues from yesteryear’s sounds, looks, and price tags. The PG Aria Pro II Detroit review.
Restoring Balance to the Blazing Tube-Amp/Digital Galaxy

Restoring Balance to the Blazing Tube-Amp/Digital Galaxy

November 5, 2020
If you’re a diehard devotee of tube-amp filth but want in on IR action, this innovative architecture may be just what you’ve been waiting for. The PG Revv G20 review.
Carbon + Wood Looks and Sounds Good

Carbon + Wood Looks and Sounds Good

November 1, 2020
A spruce-and-carbon-fusion top yields a tough, sweetly ringing dread with a more traditional look. The Premier Guitar RainSong V-DR1100N2 review.
Guild X-175 Manhattan Special: The <i>Premier Guitar</i> Review

Guild X-175 Manhattan Special: The Premier Guitar Review

October 22, 2020
An extroverted hollowbody that deftly spans styles—and the ages.
Danelectro 3699: The <i>Premier Guitar</i> Review

Danelectro 3699: The Premier Guitar Review

October 19, 2020
One of the furriest, foxiest fuzz machines ever is reborn in a compact and more capable incarnation.
Tweaker or Freaker?

Tweaker or Freaker?

October 18, 2020
It can strain the brain, but this incredibly flexible (and fun) harmonic trem stands out in a multitude of modulated ways. The PG Anasounds Ages review.
Origin Effects RevivalTREM: The <i>Premier Guitar</i> Review

Origin Effects RevivalTREM: The Premier Guitar Review

October 16, 2020
A positively luxurious stomp nails the liquid textures of brown-panel Deluxe bias tremolo.
Electro-Harmonix Oceans 12: The <i>Premier Guitar</i> Review

Electro-Harmonix Oceans 12: The Premier Guitar Review

October 15, 2020
A compact and powerful multi-verb offers abundant options and probes abyssal reverb realms.
A Comp Meant to Mash with the Melvins Maestro

A Comp Meant to Mash with the Melvins Maestro

October 14, 2020
Buzzo’s signature squish machine is surprisingly subtle. The PG Hilbish Compressimiser review.
An ’80s Cult-Classic Reborn

An ’80s Cult-Classic Reborn

October 12, 2020
Warm, articulate, natural overdrive and distortion tones offer an alternative to the same old OD blues. The PG Cascade Hosstortion review.
Death By Audio Rooms: The <i>Premier Guitar</i> Review

Death By Audio Rooms: The Premier Guitar Review

October 11, 2020
Unique, complex reverb tones lurk in a fun and imaginative stomp that’s an ergonomic and utilitarian delight.
An Auto-Wah That Aims for More

An Auto-Wah That Aims for More

October 8, 2020
This soulful filtering machine dishes warm fundamental tones, smooth envelope effects, and rich, throbbing modulation textures. The PG Flower Pedals Hosta review.
Fender MTG Tube Tremolo: The <i>Premier Guitar</i> Review

Fender MTG Tube Tremolo: The Premier Guitar Review

October 6, 2020
A toneful trembler packed with vintage tics and new tricks.
Keeley Eccos Delay/Looper: The <i>Premier Guitar</i> Review

Keeley Eccos Delay/Looper: The Premier Guitar Review

October 4, 2020
This Jimi-in-a-Box mixes analog delay colors, flange effects, and 60 seconds of stereo looping.