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Neural DSP Archetype: Nolly Review

Neural DSP Archetype: Nolly Review

What do you get when you combine the plugin geniuses at Neural DSP with the super talented musician, mixer, engineer and producer Adam ‘Nolly’ Getgood?

The Neural DSP Archetype: Nolly

Neural DSP almost blew up the internet when they announced their latest plugin, but does it live up to the hype? Let’s find out. Continue reading →

Posted by Mark Smith in Gear, Guitar Gear Reviews
STL Tonality: Andy James Review

STL Tonality: Andy James Review

Shred master Andy James has previously worked with STL Tones to make Axe-FX and Kemper profiles for his tones, now they’ve teamed up to make a plugin. Is it really possible to capture his monstrous tones in plugin form? Let’s find out. Continue reading →

Posted by Mark Smith in Gear, Guitar Gear Reviews
Guest Review – GOC Guitars Materia Group Run

Guest Review – GOC Guitars Materia Group Run

Here’s a first for Guitar Noodle. A guest review!

I’ve been following GOC Guitars for a while now. They have a number of great looking designs but it was their headless guitars I was really attracted to, especially because they are so well priced. So when my buddy, JD McClure, bought one I had to ask him to write a guest review.

I’ll hand over to JD….. Continue reading →

Posted by Mark Smith in Gear, Guitar Gear Reviews
Laney Mini Lion Amp Review

Laney Mini Lion Amp Review

The Mini series of amps are Laney’s entry into the hugely popular mini amp market. Available in three different styles along with mono, stereo and Bluetooth varieties, there is a version to suit everyone. Today, I’m looking at the standard 3 watt Mini Lion to see if it roars. Continue reading →

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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.

I picked that guitar for a few of reasons. Continue reading →

Posted by Mark Smith in Gear, Guitar Gear News, Guitar Gear Reviews
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 →

Posted by Mark Smith in Gear, Guitar Gear Reviews
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 →

Posted by Mark Smith in Gear, Guitar Gear Reviews
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 →

Posted by Mark Smith in Gear, Guitar Gear Reviews
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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Iron Age Guitar Accessories – Pick Review

Iron Age Guitar Accessories – Pick Review

As the trend towards handmade guitar accessories continues to grow, one brand leading the way is Iron Age Guitar Accessories. I was recently sent a small range of their picks to try out which included some of their standard range, a simulated ivory Jazz3 and JazzXL along with a beautiful blue Imperator. Continue reading →

Posted by Mark Smith in Gear, Guitar Gear Reviews