Tuesday, June 18, 2019

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Gibson’s ES-295 kickstarted rock ’n’ roll, and this 1953 specimen is a heartbreaker

The ES-295 is one of the most iconic Gibson models of the 1950s. It probably would have earned that accolade on looks alone, but when a Tennessee picker used one to lay down some tracks with a Tupelo truck driver, the result was rock ’n’ roll history. Check out this stellar example from way back in ’53…
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Review: Orange TremLord 30

Is cleanliness next to godliness in Orange’s new high-headroom, tremolo-equipped combo?
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Review: Audient Sono

British studio brand Audient has teamed up with cab-sim specialist Two Notes to create an all-in-one recording solution for guitar, bass… and pretty much everything else.
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Review: Walrus Audio Slö Multi Texture Reverb

A handwired box of dreamlike reverb flavours for the unhurried texturenaut. Time to tune up, turn up and zone out…
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Review: Keeley Synth-1

Fresh from the secret lair of boutique-stompbox overlord Robert Keeley comes a Moog-inspired monophonic synth with some hidden tricks.
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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?
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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?
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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.
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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…
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Review: Fuzzrocious Knob Jawn

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