Reviews

The Big Review: Fender Vintera Road Worn ’50s Telecaster & ’60s Stratocaster

Fender’s Road Worn guitars return with improved relic’ing and an attractive range of custom colours. Is this the no-brainer guitar purchase of 2020?

​The Big Listen: Thurston Moore – By The Fire

The former Sonic Youth man blends the accessible and the experimental as he celebrates “the glory of the three- or four-minute rock song” and much more besides.

Review: Warm Audio Jet Phaser

The second of Warm Audio’s uncompromising remakes of out-there 1970s pedals involves phase, fuzz… and 2.1kg of chunky retro goodness.

The Genius Of… Automatic For The People by REM

REM’s eighth album may not have been the strident mainstream rock record many expected as a follow-up to 1991’s breakthrough Out Of Time, but it’s a refined, multifaceted masterwork that pointed the way for a generation of alternative guitar bands.

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.
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