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October 2018

ARTICLES

Escape Plan Launch Code Review

September 19, 2018
An Atari-inspired glitch box that also serves up rich, resonant tones and unexpected musical surprises.
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Mastro Valvola LFO Optical Tremolo Review

September 18, 2018
Optical analog tremolo and a digital brain make this Italian trem’ a grab bag of modulation tricks.
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Tuning Up: Pedal Issues

September 18, 2018
PG’s head honcho gets all teary-eyed about the stomps whose tones have lodged in his head from years of gear reviews.
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MXR Sugar Drive Review

September 17, 2018
Klone tones in a baby box with a teeny-tiny price.
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Signal to Noise: Rockin’ the Reactive Load

September 17, 2018
The key to direct recording is to get an amp to behave realistically. So how do you accomplish this?
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Way Huge Pork & Pickle Review

September 16, 2018
Two distinct dirt circuits come together in one pedal for bassists who appreciate freedom of choice for their grit.
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Tsakalis AudioWorks Phonkify Review

September 15, 2018
Envelope filter and octave combine to reach realms beyond the same old jam and funk riffs.
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Tone Tips: Gig Tips for the Social Media Generation

September 14, 2018
Your blistering solo is amazing, but can you play it standing up, while grooving with a band, and in front of people?
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ZVEX Vibrophase Review

September 14, 2018
ZVEX’s phaser/vibrato retains the rich, immersive modulation tones of its candle-driven design concept predecessor.
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Aguilar Grape Phaser Review

September 13, 2018
Two knobs on a purple box is a ticket to low-end modulation—from slow and sublime to all-out space travel.
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Last Call: Maybe This Gig Is Not for You

September 13, 2018
A takeaway from the saga of Stevie Ray Vaughan and David Bowie.
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RMI Basswitch Enhanced Overdrive Review

September 12, 2018
A bass OD that shows the combo of German engineering, top-quality parts, and modern design isn’t only for luxury cars.
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Milkman Sound The Amp Review

September 11, 2018
This handwired hybrid amp is a powerhouse in a pedal enclosure.
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: Simple Times, Simple Gear

September 11, 2018
Today’s vast array of amps, guitars, and effects is a good thing, but so is learning to play without a net.
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Electro-Harmonix Oceans 11 Review

September 10, 2018
Reverb’s depths made accessible in a small and super-economical package.
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OnkartGromt FunkyFellow Review

September 9, 2018
An envelope filter for bassists that demonstrates Norwegian farmers can be quite funky.
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Beetronics Royal Jelly Review

September 8, 2018
Double trouble from a 2-channel fuzz and overdrive blender.
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ThorpyFX Fat General Review

September 7, 2018
Parallel compression equals transparency and copious options in a top-flight British squeezebox.
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Bass Bench: The Inherent Limitations of Acoustic Bass Guitar

September 7, 2018
In terms of unamplified volume, can low-enders ever compete with their flattop-wielding cohorts?
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Eastwood Airline Pocket Bass Review

September 6, 2018
A short-scale Valco-made bass oddity from the 1960s flies again as a reissue, but with some contemporary improvements.
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