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Review: Gordon Smith GS-0 Special

UK electric guitar specialists Gordon Smith wheel out a pawn-shop infused blues machine.

“Every time you come back to The Beatles, you start a new relationship with their music”: Joel Paterson on the Fab Four

Session musician, social-media phenom and jazz-guitar virtuoso Joel Paterson discusses his new instrumental Beatles album, his veneration of little-known studio pioneers, and why he isn’t your average gearhead.

Review: Walrus Audio Julia Analog Chorus/Vibrato V2

We’ve come to expect exceptional sound quality from Walrus Audio and the Julia V2 does not disappoint.

Review: Mistweaver Effects Forestry & The Serpent

A brace of hand-wired anger boxes from newcomers to the effects scene.

Review: Walrus Audio Mako Series D1

Walrus Audio debuts a flagship range of studio-grade effects with this high-fidelity stereo delay pedal, the Mako Series D1.

“This is sacred ground!”: Hernan Romero on producing Al Di Meola’s new Beatles-tribute album

The flamenco guitarist and producer on the studio techniques used to make Al Di Meola’s second Beatles record, Across The Universe, a faithful tribute to the Fab Four.

Review: Gibson Slash Collection Les Paul Standard & J-45 Standard

Gibson and the world’s leading top hat wearing rocker team up anew for a collection of electric and acoustic signature models.

Review: Taylor Guitars Builder’s Edition 816ce and 324ce


Taylor Guitars doubles down on V-Class bracing with some new touches at both ends of the price spectrum.

NAMM 2020: Greenfield Guitars and Andy McKee Announce New Signature and Rylynn models

Top tier guitar luthiery in the hands of one of the greats

Review: D’Angelico Excel SS

A thinline slice of jazz-and-beyond goodness from D’Angelico’s top-tier Korean workshop.
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