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Walrus Audio ARP-87 Review

  Recorded with Schroeder Chopper TL and Wooly Coats Spanky MKII Clip 1 – Lo-fi mode, eighth-note repeats Clip 2 – Slapback mode, eighth-note repeats Delay has evolved so much and become so functionally varied that whole user factions with independent value systems now exist. There’s the slapback set, the …

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Quick Hit: Radial Tonebone Texas Pro

  Radial is famous for reliable DI boxes tough enough to double as ball peen hammers. But the company’s utilitarian image often seems to obscure how thoughtfully designed and musical their stompboxes can be. Those qualities are easy to hear, see, and feel in the Tonebone Texas Pro. Like Radial’s …

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Fender ’64 Custom Deluxe Reverb Review

  From its “blackface” glory years (1963–1967) to the slightly less lusted-after “silverface” years (’68–’82) to the ’65 Reissue-series period (’93–present), the Fender Deluxe Reverb has boasted tonal flexibility and portability that have made it a wonderful all-around combo for everything from country to jazz, rock, experimental music, and beyond. …

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Hughes & Kettner Era 1 Review

  Hughes & Kettner has thrived as an amp builder for three decades, making some landmark amps along the way, from the hybrid ATS series to 1995’s 13-tube, 6-channel TriAmp Mark 3 to the zenTera modeling amp from 2000. While Hughes & Kettner has always delivered the goods for electric …

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Hughes & Kettner Era 1

  Hughes & Kettner has thrived as an amp builder for three decades, making some landmark amps along the way, from the hybrid ATS series to 1995’s 13-tube, 6-channel TriAmp Mark 3 to the zenTera modeling amp from 2000. While Hughes & Kettner has always delivered the goods for electric …

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The Year in Gear 2017

This year’s Premier Gear Award winners are, as usual, an eclectic set—full of old-school vintage homage, leading-edge digital developments, and imaginative meetings of those worlds. Dig in and dig it as we revisit the gear that fired the enthusiasm and wonder of our editors and contributors in 2017.

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Quick Hit: SviSound Techno-FA

  Hailing from Count Dracula’s favorite shipping port (Varna, Bulgaria), the SviSound Techno-FA is, pound for pound, inch for inch, one the most powerfully addicting phasers on the market. Packed into its 1.5″ x 3.6″ steel housing is an analog circuit with four mini knobs—frequency (rate), range (how far the …

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Boss GT-1B Review

Recorded with Serek Midwestern 2 and using effect’s interface direct into MacBook Pro using GarageBand.Clip 1 – Head hunt synth preset. Neck pickup soloed.Clip 2 – Drive and fuzz preset. Both pickups engaged.Clip 3 – Dreamy preset. Both pickups engaged. Long ago, when I first started playing in bands, it …

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Quick Hit: Fluid Audio Strum Buddy

  When I first heard about the Strum Buddy, my mind immediately flashed back to the film Fletch and the super-cool, turban-donning shredder Harry Perry cruising Venice Beach on skates. Before you get too excited, this mushroom-cap-shaped little amp that attaches to a guitar via its integrated suction cup isn’t …

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Jackson Audio Prism Review

  The first release from Texas-based Jackson Audio marks an impressive debut. Prism assembles three familiar overdrive flavors in a single box, but they’re configured in an innovative and musically useful way, with several attractive extras. Refracted Glory Prism is one pretty pedal. It resides in a folded-metal enclosure polished …

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