Friedman BE 100 Deluxe: 100 Watts of all-tube Plexi tones, now with added Thump!

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I wrote about the new Friedman BE-100 Deluxe back during Winter NAMM back in January of this year. Now it’s finally out and you can hear it in action in the official video below. Friedman BE-100 Deluxe First off, let’s be clear about one thing: Dave Friedman can wire a mean amp. If you need […]

Watch Billie Joe Armstrong demo the new MXR Dookie Drive pedal

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Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day has just released a demo of the new signature MXR Dookie Drive pedal. The video gives you the low down on how to recreate the sounds of the band’s iconic 1994 album, Dookie. MXR Dookie Drive The new MXR Dookie Drive pedal has been highly anticipated since it was first […]

3rd Power debuts Clean Sink and Dirty Sink 1×12 combos at Summer NAMM 2019

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3rd Power has unveiled its new Clean Sink and Dirty Sink amps. These two 1×12 combos are each based on either a Fender/Vox or Marshall circuit. Made in Nashville, USA, these amps both launch at Summer NAMM. 3rd Power Clean Sink and Dirty Sink Both Clean Sink and Dirty Sink variants are rated at 22 […]

Catalinbread Limited Edition Dirty Little Secret Red Mod

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The new Catalinbread Limited-Edition Dirty Little Secret Red Mod is their modded version of an already super popular ‘Plexi-style’ overdrive pedal. This little secret will be out pretty soon with a limited release of only 100 units being made available worldwide. Catalinbread Limited-Edition Dirty Little Secret Red Mod The standard Dirty Little Secret MkIII is one of the […]

Amp modelling vs Tube Amps: Has ‘digital’ won the guitar tone war?

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Recently, the “tube amps versus modelling” debate has heated up online. Products like Line 6’s Helix, Fractal Audio’s FM3, Hotone’s Ampera and, of course, the Kemper Profiler are getting closer and closer to the sounds of real classic valve amps. Recently, players like John Mayer and even Mark Knopfler have used guitar modellers live during concerts, instead […]

Jimmy Page lends his ‘Stairway’ guitar to the Met in New York

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Jimmy Page is lending his ‘Stairway’ guitar to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York for a major music gear show that’s going to include 130 other instruments played by various rock icons. Jimmy Page’s Guitars The Led Zeppelin guitarist/rock icon has lent some of his most iconic guitars to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. […]

When does ‘brown’ guitar tone get too brown? Dropping voltage to get the EVH sound

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Eddie Van Halen used a Variac to get his legendary ‘Brown Sound’ – by dialling down the voltage of his Marshall Plexi heads he started a quest for rock tones still followed by players to this day. When is brown sound too, well, brown? We love Johan Segeborn and his crazy YouTube channel. Why? Because […]

NAMM 2019: Friedman tease on Instagram – BE-100 deluxe!

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It is the time of year when manufacturers start giving us a sneaky peep of what is to come at Winter NAMM. Well, Friedman has just popped a rather lovely little picture of a new amp for 2019. Friedman 2019 Instagram The amp in question isn’t officially named by Friedman anywhere in the Instagram post. […]

Joyo extends new R Series with R-03 UZI distortion pedal

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After the announcement last week that Chinese pedal maker Joyo is releasing a new R Series of effects, which launched with the Tauren Overdrive, news has reached us of a new R-03 UZI distortion pedal. In the official demo video below, you can hear it being put through its paces. R-03 UZI distortion pedal Joyo […]

Amp Tone Shoot-Out: 17 different guitar preamps compared

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It really isn’t easy as a guitarist. You’re scouting around for a new amp, and suddenly the details of tube technology become an issue. Yes, there’s the choice of power stage valves to deal with – but there’s also the preamp stage. Many feature the 12A7X/ECC83 valve. But as the shoot-out video below proves, all […]