December 2020

February 2020

ARTICLES

Origin Effects

Amp in a Box? This Thing Feels More Like a Baby Recording Console

February 9, 2020
Expansive EQ- and drive-shaping capabilities meet studio-level precision. The PG Origin Effects RevivalDRIVE Compact review.
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Electro-Harmonix Ram’s Head Big Muff: The Premier Guitar Review

February 3, 2020
Matthews and company chase the sound of the most coveted vintage Big Muff and come dang close to hitting the mark—and for less than 100 bucks.
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Step Into the Bizarre with This Chaos Generator

January 31, 2020
This LFO-driven tone mangler expands the vocabularies of expression-pedal-enabled stomps. The PG TWA Side Step review.
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Darkglass Electronics Harmonic Booster: The Premier Guitar Review

January 24, 2020
The Finnish company revives its first pedal and packs it with even more tone-shaping functionality.
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Listen to the February 2020 PG Spotify Playlist

January 22, 2020
Dig into new tracks from Korn, Ronnie Earl, the Messthetics, Los Pirañas, Jedd Hughes, and more!
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Blackface Tones in a 3.5-Pound Head?

January 21, 2020
It's a tall order, to be sure, but Bjorn Juhl’s petite, grab-and-go head packs a ferocious punch. The PG One Control BJF-S66 review.
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Form Factor Bi1000Di: The Premier Guitar Review

January 20, 2020
Many class-D bass amps promise "tube warmth," but this sleek contender unabashedly proffers a meticulously clean take on your instrument's innate voice.
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17 Guitar & Bass Heroes Hail Their Heroes

January 14, 2020
Joe Satriani, Thurston Moore, Molly Tuttle, Tommy Emmanuel, John Doe, Lzzy Hale, Kurt Vile, Wayne Kramer, Chris McQueen, and eight more of today’s greats discuss the contemporary players who give them the shivers.
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Is This the Most Versatile Compressor Ever?

January 14, 2020
Bonus: This squeeze box includes an amazing EQ and boost. The PG Jackson Audio Bloom review.
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Have You Ever Cried Because a Concert Was So Good?

January 13, 2020
Theory of a Deadman’s Dave Brenner, PG editors, and Reader of the Month Jimmy Takacs divulge which gigs had them in tears—and why.
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10 Studio Headphone Sets to Ditch Your Earbuds For

January 10, 2020
You’ve spent time and money putting your home-recording rig together, so don’t skimp on the critical component for listening.
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Spector Legend 4 Standard: The Premier Guitar Review

January 10, 2020
This versatile, active P/J-configured 4-string comes in at just over five bills and absolutely earns its name.
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Jedd Hughes Is Back. But Did He Really Go Anywhere?

January 9, 2020
After 15 years of slugging it out through failed record deals, Nashville studio trenches, and endless writing sessions, the Australian picker has finally discovered the sound of his soul.
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Filth and Eight Flavors of Modulated Flickering in a Single Pedal? Why Not!

January 9, 2020
This true analog effect serves up distortion and tremolo—including optical—using a digital helping hand. The PG Mattoverse TremStortion review.
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Bill Frisell’s Melancholic and Divine Harmony

January 8, 2020
A gentle giant of guitar enlists Petra Haden and others to raise the standard for standards.
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Los Pirañas’ Twisted Colombian Gold

January 7, 2020
Enter the psychedelic world of composer-guitarist Eblis Álvarez, who blends stompboxes, computers, improvisation, and tradition to create the rhythm and noise of his toothy trio.
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Everyone Knows Guitars Can’t Spell

January 6, 2020
But as the Wizard of Odd shows, this early made-in-Japan Teisco J5 “guiter” speaks the right language.
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Last Call: How Signature Guitars Are Like Handwriting

January 3, 2020
An instrument that feels like home? That’s what it’s all about.
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Korn’s Head and Munky on Coping with Tragedy Through 7-Strings

January 2, 2020
It’s been 25 years since the downtuned guitar duo helped pioneer a sonic path that changed metal. Here they reveal how dealing with the loss of heroes and friends informed their 13th studio album, The Nothing.
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Is a Nice Volume Pedal Worth $140?

January 2, 2020
Especially when competing designs with shrunken footprints have upped the ante? The PG Xotic 250k Volume Pedal review.
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