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Epiphone Prophecy SG First Look

First Look: Epiphone Prophecy SG

February 11, 2021
Fishman Fluence pickups, split-coil options, and a streamlined control set add up to a "solid guitar" for modern rippers.
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Way Huge Atreides

First Look: Way Huge Atreides

February 5, 2021
Weird is wonderful in this ferociously fuzzy amalgam of filter, phase, and envelope tones.
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Walrus Audio R1 Reverb First Look

First Look: Walrus Audio R1 Reverb

January 26, 2021
From spring to deep space, lo-fi glitch to pristine plates, this super-tunable, one-stop reverb shop is a breeze to use, too.
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EQD Astral Destiny First Look

First Look: EarthQuaker Devices Astral Destiny

January 21, 2021
Reverb goes wiggly, wobbly, and wild in a new pitch-shifting, modulated ambience machine.
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Carr Super Bee review homepage

Carr Super Bee: The Premier Guitar Review

January 11, 2021
Crave big black-panel Fender feel in an amp that doesn’t bust eardrums? This little brute delivers the substance and the sting.
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Top 10 First Looks 2020

Top 10 First Looks of 2020

December 30, 2020
A shit year didn't mean shit gear—here's our most-popular gear demos featuring fresh pieces from Epiphone, Fender, Suhr, EHX, MXR, and others.
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Friedman Smallbox

First Look: Friedman Small Box

December 22, 2020
Experience amp-style touch sensitivity in a pedal that deals high-gain horsepower and mid-gain plexi punch with ease.
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Wampler Mini-Plexi Drive

First Look: Wampler Mini-Plexi Drive

December 14, 2020
Wield the punch of a plexi in a big drive made mini.
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Mile End Effects MFR FPTR

First Look: Mile End Effects MTHRFCKR=RPTR

December 11, 2020
Dirty drive, wobbly LFO, and inspiration from tired cassette players options add up to a delay full of potential and personality.
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Origin MAGMA57 First Look demo video

First Look: Origin Effects MAGMA57

December 4, 2020
Hear the stomp maker’s latest—a meticulously made box of Magnatone-style vibrato and drive magic.
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Boss GT-1000CORE

First Look: Boss GT-1000CORE

December 2, 2020
From heavy to heavenly: Hear the shrunken powerhouse on raunchy riffs, ethereal reverb clouds, pitch-shifted bass, and more.
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Wren and Cuff Caprid First Look

First Look: Wren and Cuff Blue Caprid

December 1, 2020
The Big Muff maniacs chase the holy mid-'70s Ram’s Head circuit to awesome ends.
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warm audio phaser

First Look: Warm Audio Jet Phaser

November 30, 2020
Masters of affordable outboard studio gear execute an awesome take on one of Roland’s fuzziest, phasiest ’70s oddities.
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H&K Nano

First Look: Hughes & Kettner Spirit Nano Series

November 23, 2020
Three mighty miniature amps that crank out three flavors of crunch and up to 50 watts of clobber.
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Taylor GT Urban Ash Grand Theater Demo - First Look

First Look: Taylor GTe Urban Ash

November 16, 2020
Reclaimed urban ash, compact dimensions, and a slinky-feeling 24 1/8" scale add up to an evolutionary Taylor with a big voice.
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Dunlop CBJ95 Wah First Look

First Look: Dunlop CBJ95 Cry Baby Junior Wah

November 12, 2020
A wailing wah classic with three killer voices and a footprint built for modern pedalboards.
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PRS Hollowbody II SE Piezo Demo

First Look: PRS SE Hollowbody II Piezo

November 9, 2020
Sweet with the resonance and abundant overtones of true hollowbody construction, this light and powerful PRS enables unique blends of electric and acoustic tones.
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1440 Looper First Look

First Look: Electro-Harmonix 1440 Stereo Looper

November 2, 2020
Twenty-four minutes of looping, reverse and octave effects, and storage for up to 20 loops make the 1440 a compact powerhouse for performance and composition.
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fender Brent Mason Telecaster

First Look: Fender Brent Mason Telecaster

October 26, 2020
B-bender, mini-bucker, and copious switching options make this session master's signature Telecaster a twanging tone chameleon.
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Gibson Lukas Nelson Les Paul JUnior

First Look: Gibson Lukas Nelson Signature Les Paul Junior

October 19, 2020
Streamlined and straight ahead—this little Gibby oozes vintage vibes and no-frills attitude at a price mere mortals can afford.
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