February 2019

First Look

ARTICLES

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.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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First Look: Dunable SplatterBlaster

October 15, 2018
To see what Sacha Dunable's first pedal—a stereo fuzz and distortion co-designed with Damnation Audio—can muster, we throw a Tele Deluxe, P bass, and Greco LP copy at it.
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First Look: Marshall Origin 50C

October 11, 2018
Guitarist John Bohlinger uses a '60s Strat, '50s goldtop, and a dual-humbucker Kiesel to hear the various tonal flavors residing in the British rock box.
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First Look: Boss DC-2W Dimension C

October 6, 2018
The Waza-Craft evolution of the chorus pairs the original DC-2 with the SDD-320 and adds modern switching that unleashes a multitude of sonic wrinkles.
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First Look: Electro-Harmonix Triangle Big Muff Pi

October 1, 2018
Watch the Review Demo maestro battle the monster fuzz with guitars—new and old—loaded with single-coils, 'buckers, and P-90s.
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First Look: 2019 Gibson Les Paul Standard

September 24, 2018
John Bohlinger plays through various settings on the new gussied-up, classic-looking singlecut that has a few dip switches and push-pull pots up its sleeve.
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First Look: Walrus Audio DEFCON4

September 3, 2018
We investigate whether Ryan Adams' new signature EQ/preamp/boost can bring tonal harmony to single-coils and humbuckers.
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First Look: EarthQuaker Devices Aqueduct

August 29, 2018
Witness John Bohlinger get trippy-hippy with the new ridiciuosly wonderful wobble box from EQD's lead wizard Jamie Stillman.
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