Richard Purvis

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.

Review: Harmony Standard Series Silhouette

Combining vampy looks with a pair of foil-topped mini-humbuckers, the reborn Harmony range’s resident offset promises distinctive tones to match its premium build.

Review: TC Electronic Flashback 2 Mini & Hall of Fame 2 Mini

If you thought TC’s TonePrint tech for loading new sounds via your guitar was ingenious, prepare to be blown away by the twist in its latest delay and reverb.

Review: Six new Fender effects pedals

We take a look at the Fender Reflecting Pool, MTG:LA, Trapper, Compugilist, Smolder & Pour Over.

Review: Hughes & Kettner Black Spirit 200 Floor

If you’re Hughes & Kettner, there’s only one way to improve on a programmable 200-watt amp with valve-emulating analogue tone and on-board effects: turn it into a stompbox.
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