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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 →

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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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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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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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Neural DSP Archetype Plini Review

Neural DSP Archetype Plini Review

Hot on the heels of the hugely successful Nameless and NTS Suites comes the latest product from Neural DSP, Archetype: Plini. This collection of amps and effects was built from the ground up to meet Plini’s tone needs. Can it match the high standards of the previous Neural DSP products? Let’s find out. Continue reading →

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Musick Road Delrin Guitar Pick Set Review

Musick Road Delrin Guitar Pick Set Review

Musick Road might not be a name you are familiar with but they are slowly developing a well thought out range of guitar accessories with a good balance between value and quality. Up for review today is their variety pack of Delrin guitar picks. Continue reading →

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Positive Grid BIAS Amp 2 Review

Positive Grid BIAS Amp 2 Review

Positive Grid are one of the big boys of guitar plugins. The first edition of BIAS Amp along with BIAS FX have been hugely popular products. With BIAS Amp 2, Positive Grid are looking to build on that success and take amp modelling technology to a different level. Continue reading →

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Joey Sturgis Tones Toneforge Misha Mansoor Review

Joey Sturgis Tones Toneforge Misha Mansoor Review

When Joey Sturgis Tones teamed up with Misha Mansoor, they created one of the hottest plugin releases of the year. Developed by JST and Misha to get his signature guitar sounds, it has proven to be a hugely successful plugin. Let’s take a look and see why it’s so popular. Continue reading →

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