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Elixir Optiweb Guitar Strings Review

Elixir Optiweb Guitar Strings Review

Optiweb is Elixir’s latest string coating and they claim it gives the most natural sound and feel of any coated guitar string. I remember trying coated strings when they first came out and I wasn’t hugely impressed. Have Elixir nailed the recipe?

Elixir Optiweb Guitar Strings

I must admit, after my experiences with coated guitar strings in the past I was a little reluctant to try them again. I do tend to eat through strings at a pretty rapid rate though so the idea of longer lasting strings definitely appeals to me so I ordered a set of Elixir Optiweb 10-46 and fitted them to my Solar S1.6FR when they arrived.

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Revv Amplification Unveils New G2 Overdrive Pedal

Revv Amplification Unveils New G2 Overdrive Pedal

The new G-Series pedal is their most versatile yet

Revv Amplification’s G-Series pedals quickly gained a reputation for serious big amp tones in a small stompbox & they’re not done yet! The G2 brings the final gain channel from their boutique amplifiers, the crunchy & responsive green channel, to a pedal format. The G2 excels at everything from almost-clean to classic rock distortion. Continue reading →

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Donner Noise Killer Gate Pedal Review

Donner Noise Killer Gate Pedal Review

They might not be a household name but if you are looking at effects pedals on Amazon you’re likely to see Donner branded pedals popping up in the search results. Although they’re on the budget end price-wise, they usually get pretty good reviews so I decided to give their Noise Killer a try. Continue reading →

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ammoon American Sound Pedal Review

ammoon American Sound Pedal Review

Amp simulators have come a long way in recent years and most have a huge amount of options available within them. Sometimes, all you want is a simple solution and that’s exactly what ammoon aim to provide with their American Sound pedal.

ammoon American Sound Pedal

Whilst most amp simulators are digital, ammoon have taken a different approach with this pedal and used an analogue circuit. You’re never going to find a million different options within an analogue pedal like this but at times it definitely makes sense to use this technology instead of going digital. One of the big bonuses of this pedal is the simplicity. Continue reading →

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The All New Morgan Dual 20 from Tone Master Joe Morgan

The All New Morgan Dual 20 from Tone Master Joe Morgan

The Morgan Dual 20 combines the original AC 20 Deluxe and Abbey into one package.
Two separate channels each recreate all the features of the originals.
Use any A/B/Y footswitch to change between, or even combine, channels.
The Dual 20s Normal channel has a switchable EF86 tube, voicing the range of tones from the cleanest of EL84 chime to ferocious high gain growl. A Bass Cut and a Bright switch allow you to completely sculpt your tone.

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Tone King Release The Imperial Mark II Head And Cabs

Tone King Release The Imperial Mark II Head And Cabs

20W Hand-Wired Tube Head with Spring Reverb, Tremolo & Built-In Iron Man Attenuator

For nearly two decades, Tone King’s Imperial combo has been hailed as one of the best-sounding American-voiced amps on the market.  The MKII version, released a few years back, solidified its legacy status. All of the spanky blackface-style voice, gritty tweed tones, and intuitive controls that players love about the Imperial MKII combo, are now available in a convenient head version.

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Friedman Release The Jerry Cantrell Signature JJ Junior 20 Watt Head & Combo

Friedman Release The Jerry Cantrell Signature JJ Junior 20 Watt Head & Combo

Dave Friedman teamed up with Jerry Cantrell and captured the Alice In Chains guitarist’s iconic tone and ferocity in the Friedman JJ-100 – Cantrell’s first ever signature amp. The JJ-100 was an instant success. Not being the types to leave a great thing alone, they decided to cram all that punishing tone and grind into a stage-friendly 20-watt monster. Introducing, the Friedman JJ-Junior.

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Mooer Micro Preamp 012 US Gold 100 Review

Mooer Micro Preamp 012 US Gold 100 Review

Mooer’s range of Micro Preamp pedals seems to be a huge hit with guitarists all over the world. Can such a tiny pedal really sound like a huge amp? I decided to find out for myself and bought the Mooer 012 US Gold. This mini pedal is based on the Friedman BE-100 amplifier which is basically a hot-rodded Marshall Plexi. The hand-wired amps are absolute monsters and have a price tag to match so Mooer would have to work some magic to recreate those tones in such a small and affordable pedal! Continue reading →

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MOOER Release The GE300 Multi-Effects Processor

MOOER Release The GE300 Multi-Effects Processor

The GE300 will be the new flagship model from MOOER, combining nearly everything MOOER has to offer in one all-encompassing unit. Expanding on the GE200 feature set, this unit comes with 108 digital amp models based on MOOER’s non-linear amp modelling technology, 43 factory cab sims, and a full-featured IR loader. Continue reading →

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STL Tonality Will Putney Review

STL Tonality Will Putney Review

STL Tones are back with another Tonality plugin, this time it’s been developed with producer and engineer, Will Putney. If you don’t know the name there’s a good chance you’ll have heard his work through bands such as Body Count, Hydra and Thy Art Is Murder.

The previous Tonality plugin covered a huge range of sonic ground thanks to it’s five distinctive amp, this time it’s all about metal. Included are four amp models based on some of the finest metal amps available along with the welcome addition of a bass amp. You’ll also find distortion, delay and reverb pedals, five cabinets plus IR loader and a parametric EQ. This is a plugin with plenty of features! Continue reading →

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