Elektron Analog Drive deal at Thomann – EUR 89 instead of EUR 395!

Published on :

Swedish company Elektron is known for its excellent synthesisers and drum machines. The Analog Drive 2016 was their first outing in the direction of the guitar universe. Unfortunately, it was launched with a price of just under 400 euros, which was quite high priced. Now three years later Thomann is selling them for under EUR 90 a pop, […]

Can you smash Yngwie’s “unbreakable” guitar? It’s up for auction!

Published on :

Last month I wrote an article about a guitar that was supposed to be ‘unbreakable’. Its maker, Swedish industrial manufacturer Sandvik, was so proud of its resilience that they challenged Yngwie Malmsteen to smash it – and he failed. Now the guitar is up for auction. Could you break it? Own it and find out. Smash-Proof […]

Klevgrand brings Stark, a sleek budget amp sim package, to PC, Mac and iPad

Published on :

Swedish software maker Klevgrand has introduced Stark, an amp simulator plug-in for PCs, Macs and the iPad. Its minimalist GUI and tweak-ability for the amplifier, cabinet, room and effects make it worth checking out. The Stark virtual rig includes amplifier, cabinet, room and effects, all bundled into one package. Unusually, they have gone for a minimalist front […]

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

Published on :

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 […]

Strandberg Sälen – Modern headless T-Type guitars with classic tones?

Published on :

Swedish luthier Strandberg has added a new Telecaster styled model to their lineup, this headless design is called the Sälen and blends classic with modern in a very unique way. Strandberg Sälen The new Strandberg Sälen is the latest in the company’s lineup of headless instruments and combines modern high-tech guitar design with classic ’50s retro Telecaster styling […]

SoundBrut FU coming soon, with six fuzz tones in one pedal

Published on :

SoundBrut has begun teasing its new FU pedal (a subtle name, ahem). This unit is a new boutique silicon fuzz pedal made in Sweden with a total of six different tones to choose from. SoundBrut FU The new SoundBrut FU silicon fuzz pedal has six mid-cut voices built in. That sounds like a pretty versatile fuzz pedal, especially […]

SoundBrut DRVA Overdrive + Boost Mk.II: 12 drive flavours on tap

Published on :

SoundBrut has just released the new DRVA Overdrive + Boost Mk II pedal, which is designed to provide a plethora of drive tones. We wrote about the original version last year and now it has been revamped, seeing the addition of a handy boost section. SoundBrut DRVA Overdrive + Boost Mk.II Designed and built in Norrköping, Sweden, the DRVA Overdrive […]

Solar Guitars adds eight new cool models to their lineup

Published on :

Solar Guitars is Ola Englund’s foray into his own guitar company and it is one that has many guitarists attention, as Ola has a great reputation. His guitar designs look contemporary, well made and built to high standards. Now they have added eight new models to the lineup for 2018. Solar Guitars Ola Englund built […]

Swedish Death Metal guitar sound explained – Ola England and a Boss HM-2

Published on :

Ola Englund has taken time to show the world via his YouTube channel the distinct voice of Swedish Death Metal. The ubiquitous Boss HM-2 pedal, that ’80s black and orange distortion pedal the rest of the world forgot, but Sweden embraced. Boss HM-2 It is true, that back in the 1980s the Boss HM-2 was […]