Richard Purvis

Review: Joe Doe by Vintage Jailbird

Indie spirit meets mainstream muscle in this quirky collaboration between Joe Doe Guitars and John Hornby Skewes… but is the Jailbird good enough to be a breakout hit? 

Review: Fender Mustang GTX100

Fender has set out to raise its digital modelling game with this 100-watt evolution of the Mustang amp line – but does it have the tone to match its impressive line-up of emulations?

Review: ThorpyFX Field Marshal & The Bunker

Two of the biggest brains in British pedal-building combine forces once again to create updated versions of a pair of legendary dirt machines.

Review: Redbeard Effects Honey Badger Octave Fuzz

The second offering from this collaboration between Skindred guitarist Mikey Demus and pedal guru Adrian Thorpe promises assorted flavours of slavering doom.

The Big Review: Fender Player Mustang & Player Duo-Sonic

Two more Fender gems get the Player Series treatment – and you don’t have to be a beginner to get a kick out of these short-scale ‘student’ models.

Review: Stone Deaf Noise Reaper

British indie pedal-builder Stone Deaf believes in high gain without the pain of a high noise floor, so the Noise Reaper is here to slam the gate on your background bedlam.

The Big Review: Manson Meta Series MBM-1

Muse frontman Matt Bellamy is now at the helm of Manson Guitar Works, and 2020 sees the arrival of this new, affordable plug-in baby.

Review: Pigtronix Infinity 2

Don’t let the Infinity 2’s stripped-back aesthetic fool you – there’s a lot going on beneath the brushed-metal surface of this dual looper.

Review: EarthQuaker Devices Afterneath V3

With its seismic new features, the third iteration of this powerful ambient-soundscape generator registers high on our Richter scale.

Review: Rajani VOD-50 Head

This new indie amp-builder is aiming for high-end sounds without using output valves. But can a hybrid really do the business for serious tonehounds?
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