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First Look Round-up Summer 2022

We look back at 6 of our favorite John Bohlinger First Look videos from 2022.


Supro Royale Demo | First Look

Power to do damage, headroom for days, and class A/AB switching that transforms tone.

J. Rockett El Hombre Overdrive Demo | First Look

Billy Gibbons tones are just the beginning in this drive with bite.

Source Audio Atlas Compressor Demo | First Look

Scores of superb, deep compression emulations in a super-easy-to-use format.

Electro-Harmonix Nano Pulsar Stereo Tremolo Demo | First Look

Dig the pulse of a shrunken, updated and enhanced EHX classic...

Maestro's Five New Pedals | First Look

Five new and colorful all-analog stomps mark the return of stompbox pioneer.

Epiphone Joan Jett Olympic Special Demo | First Look

All business, no mess—just a straight line to punky bliss.

While Annie Clark was named the 26th greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone in 2023, she couldn’t care less about impressing an athletic stamp on either her sound or her image.


Photo by Alex Da Corte

On her eighth studio release, the electroacoustic art-rock guitarist and producer animates an extension of the strange and singular voice she’s been honing since her debut in 2007.

“Did you grow up Unitarian?” Annie Clark asks me. We’re sitting in a control room at Electric Lady Studios in New York’s West Village, and I’ve just explained my personal belief system to her, to see if Clark, aka St. Vincent, might relate and return the favor. After all, does she not possess a kind of sainthood worth inquiring about?

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This time on Before Your Very Ears, hosts Sean Watkins and Peter Harper give love a chance. Helping them learn the ways of love is Nick Thune, comedian and musician, who spearheads the songwriting session—but not before sharing some of the best bird-related jokes you’ll ever hear.

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Photo by Jim Rakete

Watch Deep Purple's official music video for "Lazy Sod" from their upcoming album =1.

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​Luther Perkins' 1953 Esquire & a '59 Burst!
Johnny Cash Guitarist Luther Perkins' 1953 Esquire & John Carter Cash's 1959 Gibson Les Paul Burst!

This 1953 Fender Esquire belonged to Luther Perkins, who was a member of Cash’s first recording bands and played on all of the Man in Black’s foundational recordings for Sun Records—likely with this guitar. Perkins played this instrument during the period when Cash classics from “I Walk the Line” to “Folsom Prison Blues” were cut. John Carter Cash bought this 1959 Gibson Les Paul at Gruhn’s in Nashville. It has a neck that is atypically slim for its vintage and appears as part of the psychedelic guitar interplay on the Songwriter song “Drive On.”

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