Richard Purvis

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?

The Big Review: Relish Trinity

The high-end Swiss maker has unveiled a less dauntingly priced introduction to its instant pickup-switching concept – but can the Trinity really replace three regular guitars?

Review: Gordon Smith GS Deluxe Semi Solid

You may associate Gordon Smith with stripped-back punk axes, but this chambered charmer suggests the British maker can also compete at the classier end of the market.

Review: Beetronics Fatbee

We’re all abuzz about the newest member of the Beetronics hive, a JFET overdrive whose meaty tones and wide gain range belie its tiny dimensions.

Review: PRS SE Mira & SE Starla Stoptail

The Maryland company’s retro-inspired Mira and Starla models arrive in their most affordable incarnations yet. Time to take the plunge?

The Big Review: Fender Player Lead II & Player Lead III

As Fender reboots its near-forgotten Lead Series with some striking colour options, we ask whether these stripped-back strummers are good enough to justify their revival.

Review: Neo Instruments Micro Vent 122 & 16

No need to vent your frustrations here – Neo Instruments has created a pedalboard-friendly version of its superlative Ventilator rotary speaker simulator, available in two Leslie-inspired flavours.
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