Reviews

The Big Review: Will Universal Audio’s entry into the guitar pedal market send boutique brands scurrying for cover?

The Astra Modulation Machine, Starlight Echo Station and Golden Reverberator claim to deliver “sonic authenticity far beyond other stompboxes” – but can they live up to the premium-priced hype?

Guild F-240E Review: Jumbo tones at a bargain price

Guild jumbos are iconic instruments and this affordable version from the Westerly Collection combines classic looks with a solid spruce top and a Fishman pickup system.

The Big Review: Are Gibson’s Murphy Lab Les Pauls as good as it gets?

Gibson fans have waited decades for the company to make vintage-accurate Les Pauls with no caveats, compromises or corners cut. Will their patience be rewarded by the new Murphy Lab models?

Royal Blood – Typhoons Review: A technicolour major-label pop monster

After a rapid, turbulent rise in which the Brighton two-piece released a pair of No.1 albums, bass-wielding frontman Mike Kerr takes stock on a confessional yet colourful third.

Reverb’s Pedal Movie Review: The ultimate celebration of the wonderful world of effects

Reverb’s feature-length documentary about effects pedals provides a compelling rock ‘n’ roll history lesson, but its heart is the maverick geniuses who build the boxes we all love.

Macmull Stinger Review: Contemporary finesse meets vintage tone

After spending the past decade building some of the world’s finest Fender-inspired guitars, the Macmull team turns its attention to a new design with Kalamazoo and California in its DNA.
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