A dual-amp powerhouse with a plethora of features.

Great size-to-feature ratio. Plenty of tonal options.

Missing a spring reverb emulation. Tube emulations can be subtle.

$459

DSM & Humboldt Simplifier DLX
simplifieramp.com

4
4.5
3.5
3.5

Pedalboard amps seem to be all the rage lately. And I have to admit that I've become increasingly more amicable to getting big tones with less gear. The DSM & Humboldt Simplifier DLX, which delivers a lot of big tones in a single suited-for-pedalboard sized stomp, is the latest iteration of the company's "zero-watt" amp series and features plenty of bells and whistles for the stereo set.

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Rig Rundown: Rise Against's Tim McIlrath & Zach Blair [2021]

Guitarists Tim McIlrath and Zach Blair enjoy tenacious tones with rock's mightiest tag team—Gibsons into Marshalls—aided by a few everyman effects and one mythical stomp.

Rise Against rose out of Chicago around Y2k on the back of roaring Gatling-gun guitars, blast-beat rhythms, and defiant, sharp-tongued social commentary. The band's first pair of albums—2001's The Unraveling and 2003's Revolutions Per Minute—are blistering bangers rooted in traditional hardcore chaos, spiced up with fist-pumping, boot-stomping choruses.

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Cory Wong talks with Dirty Loops bassist Henrik Linder about their blistering, new collaboration, Turbo, how the band became an accidental YouTube sensation, playing with tempered frets, the changing role of bass in pop, and tips for increasing speed and improving technique. Plus … Flea!

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Orange Amplification extends its Crush amps series with the launch of the Super Crush 100 head and combo, taking the now classic Crush Pro and moving it a big step further toward a more valve-like tone. The completely new design is more than just an upgrade. It delivers all the immediacy, definition and character expected from any of Orange's top-of-the-range valve amps.

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BOSS announces the IR-200 Amp & IR Cabinet and SY-200 Synthesizer, two powerful new models added to the popular 200 series pedal lineup. The IR-200 brings next-level performance to direct sound for guitar and bass, offering exceptional audio quality, premium amps, and over 150 hi-res speaker cabinet impulse responses from BOSS and Celestion Digital. The SY-200 delivers a massive library of expressive synthesizer sounds for guitar and bass, onboard memories for storing sounds, and numerous options for real-time control.

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A phaser that delivers lo-fi grit and warm glitches but keeps you in your comfort zone.

Easy to achieve classic phaser sounds. Envelope controlled settings are interactive and fun. Intuitive controls.

Some settings can become overwhelming in 8-stage mode.

$199

Paradox Effects Carmesí
paradoxeffects.com

4.5
4
4.5
4

I'll admit to being a luddite when it comes to phasers, and I know I'm not the only one. All the great vintage models have only one or two knobs and great players have managed to do so much with so little for so long. Why change now? Isn't it kind of nice, when so many pedals have so many options, to have one effect that leaves us with little to think about?

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