February 2019

Reviews

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Quick Hit: Ashdown Tone Pocket

Quick Hit: Ashdown Tone Pocket

February 17, 2019
Paired with headphones and a bass, this little black box can create a freeing experience.
Quick Hit: Way Huge Purple Platypus Review

Quick Hit: Way Huge Purple Platypus Review

February 13, 2019
New octave shades from a more evolved Platypus.
Damnation Audio Ugly Twin Review

Damnation Audio Ugly Twin Review

February 11, 2019
Three cascaded distortion effects in a single box.
Trickfish Trilobite Review

Trickfish Trilobite Review

February 8, 2019
The name may suggest something aquatic, but there’s nothing watered down about this DI.
Hughes & Kettner Black Spirit 200 Review

Hughes & Kettner Black Spirit 200 Review

February 7, 2019
Solid-state circuitry makes this programmable powerhouse light, and super-flexible, too.
Third Man + Mantic Flex Review

Third Man + Mantic Flex Review

February 4, 2019
Jack White’s fave phase-locked loop machine is a ticket to fuzzy fatness and synthy chaos.
Quick Hit: Bogner Ecstasy Blue Mini

Quick Hit: Bogner Ecstasy Blue Mini

February 3, 2019
A wildly useful distortion that stretches far beyond the company’s hard-rock roots.
Balthazar Film Noir 50 Review

Balthazar Film Noir 50 Review

February 1, 2019
Shine on, you crazy Selmer clone!
Heritage H-137SC Review

Heritage H-137SC Review

January 30, 2019
Two P-90s, four dials, and a slab of single-cutaway mahogany that are a ticket to rock ’n’ roll happiness.
Dusky Hypatia Review

Dusky Hypatia Review

January 17, 2019
Rowdy and refined distortion tones come naturally to Dusky’s newest stompbox.
BC Audio Bel Air 40 Review

BC Audio Bel Air 40 Review

January 15, 2019
A stellar 6V6 combo with inspiring, innovative options.
Free the Tone Black Vehicle BV-1V Review

Free the Tone Black Vehicle BV-1V Review

January 11, 2019
A meticulously designed, quiet black box that churns out an impressive palette of amp-like overdrive.
Zeppelin Quaverato Review

Zeppelin Quaverato Review

January 10, 2019
A hybrid analog/digital harmonic tremolo packing many modulation manipulation options.
ESP LTD GB-4 Review

ESP LTD GB-4 Review

January 8, 2019
An offset-design 4-string that charms with both attitude and tone-sculpting power.
Quick Hit: SoloDallas TSR4 Schaffer Replica Classic Review

Quick Hit: SoloDallas TSR4 Schaffer Replica Classic Review

January 6, 2019
“Angus in a box”? Perhaps. But even tone weirdoes will be intrigued by this companding circuit’s unique, quasi-gated overdrive textures.
Korora Audio Spira Review

Korora Audio Spira Review

January 4, 2019
A unique modulation effect derived from a fascinating audio illusion.
Breedlove Pursuit Concertina E Review

Breedlove Pursuit Concertina E Review

January 3, 2019
Surprising dynamism, punch, and balance in a budget small-body flattop.
Quick Hit: Electro-Harmonix Triangle Big Muff Review

Quick Hit: Electro-Harmonix Triangle Big Muff Review

January 1, 2019
EHX revisits the Muff that started it all.
Quick Hit: Zorg Effects Small Basstar

Quick Hit: Zorg Effects Small Basstar

December 31, 2018
It’s smaller than its big sister, the Glorious Basstar, but this stompbox doesn’t skimp on dishing out the overdrive.
Death By Audio Total Sonic Annihilation 2 Review

Death By Audio Total Sonic Annihilation 2 Review

December 28, 2018
Death By Audio’s original weapon of sonic destruction returns in enhanced and surprisingly manageable and musical form.