Reviews

Review: Suhr Pete Thorn Signature Series

A rock ’n’ roll machine at heart with switching options that could make it the ultimate session player’s guitar.

The Genius Of… The Velvet Underground & Nico by The Velvet Underground

An album that spawned entire genres, influenced countless bands and altered the course of rock ’n’ roll history has taken its deserved place in the hall of fame. But its guitar-fuelled soundscape still sounds just as avant-garde and dangerous over 50 years on from its release.

Review: Walrus Audio Julianna

Oklahoma City’s finest returns with a souped-up version of its popular demi-goddess inspired shimmer box.

The Big Listen: Doves – The Universal Want

A first album in over a decade from these much-loved Mancunian lost souls. Does it match up to their past glories?

Review: Audient Evo 4

This little box from studio brand Audient promises to bridge the gap between guitar and computer in the simplest, most user-friendly way yet.

Review: Echoline Silicon Hi-Gain Fuzz

This independent UK maker has revamped its range of pedals to make them more board-friendly, but a small footprint doesn’t have to mean small fuzz tones.

The Genius Of… Is This It by The Strokes

Released into a barren musical landscape still suffering from a Britpop hangover, The Strokes' debut album was an exhilarating, razor-sharp distillation of New York's musical heritage that changed everything. Do believe the hype.

Review: DryBell The Engine

This ‘foundation preamp’ packs both a Plexi-style overdrive and a versatile boost circuit for a full suite of 1960s British rock and blues tones.

The Big Listen: Bill Callahan – Gold Record

Newly settled in domestic contentment, Bill Callahan produced one of his strongest albums to date in 2019’s Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest. Just a year later, this masterful raconteur returns with 10 hit singles new and old.

Vintage Bench Test: 1965 Fender Electric XII

The Electric XII was only manufactured from 1965 to 1970, but its contribution to the sonic legacy of guitar music is significant.
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