December 2019

First Look

ARTICLES

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.
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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.
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First Look: Strymon Iridium

November 5, 2019
Marshall-, Vox-, and Fender-style tones and a plethora of killer cab and speaker IRs reside in this impeccable pedalboard amp modeler for stage and studio.
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First Look: Ernie Ball Music Man Mariposa

October 21, 2019
Omar Rodríguez-López's signature axe delivers punch and flexibility outside high-gain alternative realms.
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First Look: Fender Vintera ’50s, ’60s & ’70s Telecasters

October 14, 2019
Explore the subtle to significant differences among the company’s three new vintage-spec, mid-priced solidbodies.
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First Look: Blackstar Silverline Standard

October 10, 2019
We take a listen to the British amp outfit’s latest, which features six power-tube-mimicking modes and numerous recording and performance options—all in a compact and handsome form factor.
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First Look: Fender Tone Master Deluxe Reverb

October 7, 2019
Classic "American" amp tones in a butt-simple modeling amp? You bet—and it sheds 15 pounds in the process!
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First Look: MXR Clone Looper

October 1, 2019
Two footswitches, one knob, and an almost infinite universe of speed-morphing, reverse-recording, loop-stacking possibilities.
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First Look: Peavey Invective MH

September 16, 2019
Periphery guitarist Misha Mansoor’s shrunken signature amp dishes 20 brutally loud watts—plus a boatload of flexible sound-shaping and recording options.
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First Look: Line 6 Spider V 120 MkII

September 9, 2019
Thousands of tone-shaping options and thumping power make the Spider's latest evolution a screaming deal.
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First Look: 3rd Power Clean Sink

August 26, 2019
Dylana Nova’s latest doesn’t just offer AC- and blackface-style tones—you can also custom-blend aspects of both iconic amp flavors!
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First Look: Harmony Silhouette

August 19, 2019
The pawnshop prize of yore gets relaunched with a boutique touch—and at about the same price as an inflation-adjusted original.
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First Look: Mojotone BlackOut Tweed Select

August 12, 2019
The sweet sounds of screaming tweed and a raft of even bigger tones live in this affordable take on the 5E3 classic.
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First Look: EarthQuaker Devices Plumes

August 3, 2019
Jamie Stillman and his cast of weirdos take the TS beyond simple screaming.
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First Look: Supro Silverwood

July 30, 2019
We inspect the new "old" guitar based on the brand's 1960 flagship model.
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First Look: Boss DD-200 Digital Delay

July 22, 2019
Watch John Bohlinger explore 12 modes that go from tame and traditional to wacky and adventurous.
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First Look: Mad Professor Double Moon

July 15, 2019
With 11 different modulation sounds under its hood, the Finnish tone-chaser's newest box bridges classic faux Leslie and spacey swoosh sounds to the wobbly weirdness needed for the 21st-century guitarist.
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First Look: Aclam Dr. Robert

July 1, 2019
Spanish stompbox specialists conjure the biting, stinging, and fab-fuzzy spirit of the '66 Beatles and the rare Vox UL730.
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First Look: Wren and Cuff De La Riva

June 24, 2019
With over a million possible combinations, this tweaker's dream promises all the Muff flavors and raunch under the sun.
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First Look: Henry Amplification SRT+

June 17, 2019
The sounds of a rare but potent little Vox live again in this EL84-driven overachiever.
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