Fender American Standard Range

Fender Bridge

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

Blackstar Fly 3

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?

Fender Strat

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

Boss RC-1 Review

BOSS RC-1

Compact pedal offers great introduction to looping As far as pedal revolutions go, looping takes some beating. There are pedals of all shapes and sizes, which offer all kinds of added functionality and effects. Yet there has also been a wild simplification of the looper, which has resulted in pedals like the TC Electronic Ditto… Read More

NAMM 2015: New Fender Range

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New Fender models for 2015 – more to be announced! New year, new Fender range. Hot on the heels of Gibson’s new range announcement comes the new models from the ‘other’ big American guitar brand, and there are a few surprises in its ranks. We’ve had word that this isn’t everything that Fender will be… Read More

Ibanez 2015 – New Range Overview

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Just ahead of NAMM, the annual trade show where many big brands announce new products, we’ve received details of the brand new Ibanez 2015 range. New signature models are a big theme this year, with Steve Vai, Paul Stanley and Joe Satriani all amongst the artists getting new releases. The classic Tube Screamer has been… Read More

Gibson 2015 vs. 2014

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Famous range enhanced for 2015 As it continues apace with its plans to annually refresh its iconic range of guitars, Gibson has ushered in a few surprises with its 2015 collection. Sure, the same old faces are still there, from Les Paul Junior through to Standard via the obligatory SGs, but with slight amendments made… Read More

What Next For Marshall Amps?

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What does the future hold for the biggest name in the industry? It might be premature to call it a ‘fork in the road’ moment for Marshall Amps. It feels almost sacrilegious to think it; this is after all one of, if not THE, biggest brand a musician can call on. It’s famous logo pervades… Read More