Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Reviews

blackstar ht-1r ht-5 mkii

Review: Blackstar HT-1R MkII & HT-5R MkII combos

Will the MkII Blackstar HT-1R MkII and HT-5R MkII valve-powered combos, with their newly updated looks, functionality and sounds, answer your rehearsal needs?
gretsch broadkaster

Review: Gretsch G6659TFM Players Edition Broadkaster Jr

Another new Gretsch designed to deliver at high volume without compromising on character… does this compact and flamey semi sound as good as it looks?
sheeran by lowden s02 w04

Review: Sheeran by Lowden W02 & S04 acoustics

Lowden teaming up with Ed Sheeran on a new range of affordable acoustic instruments was the biggest story of NAMM 2019. We check out a pair of guitars from the new signature brand.
cornell amps traveller 5

Review: Cornell Amps Traveller 5

Denis Cornell has built valve amps for the likes of Eric Clapton, Noel Gallagher and Wilko Johnson, and the Traveller 5 is a low-wattage offering from Southend On Sea’s finest…
fuzzrocious knob jawn

Review: Fuzzrocious Knob Jawn

The potential for tone-mangling is strong with this boutique digital/analogue octave blender, hand-made in the USA…
Supro Blues King 12 Review

Review: Supro 1812R Blues King 12

Offering boutique tones for a bargain price, could Supro’s stylish new combo be a Blues Junior killer?
Tul microphones g12 retro

Review: Tul Microphones G12 Retro

Retro looks can be deceiving – we audition a convention-challenging modern microphone that’s been uniquely designed to capture your amplifier’s roar in all its natural glory.
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Review: Eastman Double Top Series DT30D

Double-top soundboards were a major innovation in the classical-guitar world, and now Eastman has brought them into the steel-string realm. But what does it mean for tone and dynamics?
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Review: Novo Mirus J

Dennis Fano and his Nashville-based team are building some of the best bolt-on electrics on the planet right now. Time to get some air…
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Vintage Bench Test: 1966 Fender Jazzmaster

A close encounter with an original Ocean Turquoise Fender offset is a rare event indeed, and this ’66 Jazzmaster even has case candy. We take a deep dive…
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