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New Product – Ovalpik

New Product – Ovalpik

It’s amazing how many new ideas are still being thought of to improve the humble guitar pick. The Ovalpik is a new guitar pick design with a unique oval shape which gives the guitarist options to play either holding the pick lengthwise so more of its surface contacts the strings, ideal for strumming, or by holding it widthwise so that a more traditional pick surface can be used, as in lead or bass playing. Continue reading →

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Fortin Amplification Grind Pedal Review

Fortin Amplification Grind Pedal Review

Sick of your 8 string monster sounding dull and muddy through your monster valve amp? Perhaps the Grind pedal by Fortin Amplification could be the answer!

Many of us can only dream of owning an amp built by Fortin Amplification, but there is a cheaper way for us mere mortals to infuse some of that signature Fortin sound into our rigs. The Grind pedal takes Mike Fortin’s favourite 6irth and 6rind settings from his amps and puts them into a pedal. With one single knob, this pedal may be simple, but it will totally change the sound of your amp. Continue reading →

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Boss Introduces Katana MKII Guitar Amplifier Lineup

Boss Introduces Katana MKII Guitar Amplifier Lineup

Acclaimed Katana Series Updated with More Sounds, More Features, and More Versatility

BOSS introduces the Katana MkII Guitar Amplifier lineup, the next generation of the acclaimed Katana amp series. Katana amps have received worldwide acclaim for their authentic tube tone and feel, onboard BOSS effects, easy sound customization, and exceptional value. Building on the tones and features that made the original series such a players’ favorite, the stage-class Katana MkII amps turbocharge the core platform with more sounds, more effects, and increased versatility. Continue reading →

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ML Sound Lab MIKKO Cab Simulator Review

ML Sound Lab MIKKO Cab Simulator Review

ML Sound Lab are widely regarded as one of the leading IR producers in the world right now. Their IRs have been used on hit albums and are included in some of the best amp sim plugins. Now they want to reverse the roles and put you in charge. Yes, the MIKKO lets you create your very own IRs! Say goodbye to scrolling through folders of IR files. Now you can create the cab sounds yourself. Continue reading →

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The Pick Ninja Review

The Pick Ninja Review

I come across some interesting products on the hunt for new equipment to review. One such product is the Pick Ninja. The Pick Ninja is a removable guitar pick grip which is designed to not only improve your grip on a pick but also reduce muscle cramping and improve your picking accuracy as well as endurance. Big claims for a little product!

$2.99 gets you a small piece of recyclable rubber/plastic blend. I’ll be honest, it’s not the most attractive guitar accessory in the world. There is a slit running through the Pick Ninja so you can push a pick into each end allowing you to have two different thicknesses available at all times. I only used it with a single pick but I can see the benefit of being able to hold two. The middle of the Pick Ninja dips down which makes it nice and comfortable to hold. The rubber/plastic is soft but with just enough roughness to keep it feeling secure in your fingers at all times. Continue reading →

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PRS Introduce New Sandblasted Swamp Ash SE Guitars

PRS Introduce New Sandblasted Swamp Ash SE Guitars

PRS Guitars Europe have announced a new range of SE Ltd Sand-Blasted Swamp Ash guitars. This very striking limited run features a solid Swamp ash top in place of the regular model’s maple top and veneer.  The solid Swamp Ash is sand-blasted and then grain filled to add colour (this great finish is borrowed with thanks from their Private Stock team!) Continue reading →

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MeloAudio Midi Commander Pedal Review

MeloAudio Midi Commander Pedal Review

Midi pedals might not be the sexiest pieces of gear in the world but they’re one of the most useful. Many people now use software for recording or even live, and with hardware manufacturers looking to provide more compact rigs they sometimes reduce the amount of control you have over their products. This is where midi pedals like the MeloAudio Midi Commander come in. Continue reading →

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Calling All Guitar Gear Manufacturers – Have Your Product Reviewed!

Calling All Guitar Gear Manufacturers – Have Your Product Reviewed!

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JST Gain Reduction 2 Review

JST Gain Reduction 2 Review

Joey Sturgis Tones Gain Reduction was a hugely popular plugin for vocalists. The ease of use was a huge selling point so will adding more features in Gain Reduction 2 make it better or worse?

Let’s take a look and see. Continue reading →

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JST Bassforge Rex Brown Review

JST Bassforge Rex Brown Review

Joey Sturgis Tones have teamed up with Rex Brown to develop a plugin to help you to recreate his classic bass tones. Rex Brown might not have received as much attention as other members of Pantera but, in my opinion, he was absolutely vital in giving the band their legendary sound. In fact, it’s hard to find a more solid bass player in metal music. Dimebag’s tone wasn’t pretty but it was effective, however, it needed a great bass tone behind it to really give it some warmth and weight. Rex Brown found the ideal tones to do just that and add an extra dimension of his own.

Can the same great tones be found in a plugin? Let’s find out. Continue reading →

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