Strymon Blue Sky Review

Strymon Blue Sky Review

Vibrant reverbs from boutique American pedal brand Reverb is perhaps the simplest guitar effect of all. By emulating the effects of space and air on our guitar tone, we can add instant warmth and depth to a dry sound, giving it life and sustain. Indeed, hearing a clean electric guitar through a nice amp, with… Read More

Pigtronix Infinity Looper Review

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Serious looper with plenty of tricks up its sleeve The American pedal brand Pigtronix has a wonderfully bizarre range of gear, ranging from the Echolution 2 delay pedal, which boasts more knobs than a butter-measuring convention, to a quite intimidating (but fantastic sounding) PXEMT tremolo pedal which looks like it requires an in-depth knowledge of industrial engineering. They also do… Read More

Pigtronix Philosopher’s Tone Review

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American-made compressor/boost pedal brings the sustain American pedal brand Pigtronix has long specialised in the esoteric. Big enough to warrant a place on many a pro pedalboard, yet small enough to fly under the radar of many ‘regular’ players, the New York-based manufacturer has slowly carved itself a niche by offering slightly off-the-wall pedals to… Read More

Jim Dunlop Cry Baby Mini Wah Review

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Pedalboard friendly funk machine When it comes to current pedalboard trends it seems that size does indeed matter. We have seen a huge increase in the prevalence of diminutive stompers over the last few years, from the TC Electronic mini range to Electro Harmonix’s marginally larger Nano series. Players have been won over by the… Read More

BOSS RV-6 Review

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Classy new reverb pedal promises ambience aplenty BOSS has released a brand new iteration of what is, certainly in our eyes, a classic stomper. The BOSS RV-6 takes the already excellent RV-5 reverb pedal and propels it toward new frontiers of textural sonic adventure. The RV-5 offered six of BOSS’ lush reverbs in a stereo effects pedal. The included reverb types were… Read More

Fender American Standard Range

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Aspirational axes for the working musician Fender’s American Standard range are the gold label, premier league guitars of your dreams. It’s the guitar your mate’s dad had when you were 14 and starting out, and you weren’t allowed to play. It’s the guitar the player in the big band plays when they’re raking in mega coin… Read More

TC Electronic Ditto Stereo Looper Review

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Looping fun in full stereo TC Electronic has further added to its roster of compact looping pedals. The Ditto range, which launched in 2013, has grown wildly as guitarists recognise the potential on offer from loop pedals. By entering the market with a solid product, which was well made and didn’t cost the earth, the company… Read More

Blackstar Fly 3 Review

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Mini amp offers great tones and portability from tiny unit Just as a few years ago there was a glut of ‘lunchbox’ style amps which flooded the market, there now seems to be a trend towards amps which are at home in your front room as they are in your studio. We’ve had so-called lounge… Read More

The Most Versatile Pickup Combination Ever?

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All the tonal options you may ever need For it’s 2015 range, Fender has clearly focused on versatility. If the range tells us anything, it’s that the company is pitching their newest models as ‘all things to all players’ on account of the myriad pickup configurations on display. You see, everyone knows a Strat has… Read More

Gibson G-Force: Under The Hood

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Rise of the machines There’s been a lot of talk in guitar circles about Gibson’s decision to include, as standard, its G-Force tuning system on the vast majority of its 2015 range. The headstock mounted auto-tuner takes away the freedom of the player. It assumes we don’t already know how to tune a guitar, or… Read More