Guitars articles

  • Koch TwinTone III Review
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    Koch TwinTone III Review - Koch Is In The House!

    08/19/12

    There are brands of guitar amps we see quite often in stores but we rarely try out. Any reason is good enough to skip such amps: no time, fear of the unknown, or simply no interest in testing new things. But this time, there's no excuse! I head out to the Netherlands. Rumors say Koch presents a new combo that is worth our attention. I take my hat,…

  • Wampler SLOstorsion Review
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    Wampler SLOstorsion Review - Save the Soldano

    08/12/12

    All experienced fans of long-haired distortion know the famous Soldano SLO-100 made in the 80's: this amp seduced big names in the guitar world — nobody less than Eric Clapton, Mike Landau, Lou Reed... With its mythic Crunch channel, this amp quickly became a reference product in the small electric guitar universe.

  • EVH 5150III Review
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    EVH 5150III Review - Eddy Van Houten?

    08/05/12

    When Fender launched a new amplifier featuring a new "EVH" logo and the traditional "F" next to the 5150 III logo, questions were certain to rise. Rumors said this new monster is made for metal. There are too many secrets surrounding this new amp — it's time for me to jump into my van and find out the truth.

  • Zvex Instant Lo-Fi Junky Review
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    Zvex Instant Lo-Fi Junky Review - The Phonograph Stompbox

    07/29/12

    We are living in strange times where innovation efforts are aimed at recreating "vintage sounds" instead of creating new sounds. On the other hand, after reign of digital technology in the 80's and 90's, the return of analog feel is a good thing.

  • How to Listen to and Care for Your Amp When It’s Sick
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    How to Listen to and Care for Your Amp When It’s Sick - Diagnosing and Fixing a Tube Amp

    07/24/12

    Guitar amps are, no matter how you cut it, black boxes. You may think you have control over them, but when it gets down to it, you can’t really see inside the black box, and even if you could, there aren’t any moving parts. Electricity is largely non-mechanical. Or in other words, magic. And when the magic stops, most people think all they can do …

  • Fender Super Champ X2 Review
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    Fender Super Champ X2 Review - The War of the Worlds

    07/01/12

    In the world of guitar amps, war is raging. The transistor forces from the digital world are fighting the tubes army. Turning itself into a peace dove, Fender tries to put an end to this war by introducing a hybrid concept: the Super Champ X2. This new amp made in Mexico combines digital technology with tubes has finally seen the light of day. It'…

  • Understanding Those Magic Boxes of Doom
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    Understanding Those Magic Boxes of Doom - Distortion… Clean and Simple

    06/27/12

    So the bad news is, it’s virtually impossible to tell what the distortion pedal sounds like without auditioning it personally.

  • Use digital delay to produce many more effects than just echo—including flanging, chorus, doubling, and reverb
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    Use digital delay to produce many more effects than jus… - The Many Uses for Digital Delay

    06/19/12

    The two most important effects in a guitarist’s signal chain are distortion and delay. And if you derive your tone strictly from the amp—whether it’s squeaky clean or buzzsaw nasty—then the digital delay is numero uno.

  • Orange OR50H Review
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    Orange OR50H Review - Back To The Future!

    06/17/12

    The OR50H is not a new product. It belongs to the "Pics Only" series launched in 1972. It's a legend in amplification history and its "so British" sound had a great impact in the destiny of the manufacturer. Now Orange has decided to reissue a limited version of the amp for its 40's birthday. The idea was a great success and Orange decided to add …

  • Fender Machete Review
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    Fender Machete Review - There Will Be Blood!

    06/10/12

    The Fender Machete represents a new direction for the manufacturer. It's not like they want to start to making cutlery but rather they want to enter the heavy distortion world. This strategical decision caused many reactions in the guitar world. So, with mixed feelings I leave the sandy roads and whiskey smell of Mississippi to enter the country o…