Marshall Studio Vintage SV20H, a 20-Watt Plexi head, hits dealers

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Marshall’s Studio Vintage SV20H amp head is a 20-Watt Plexi-style head focused on tube tones, just without the ear-bleeding volume of the originals. Announced back during Winter NAMM, the new head is hitting dealers now. Marshall Studio Vintage SV20H I’m a big fan of the classic Marshall Plexi tone and have owned a fair few variations […]

Gibson G-45 Studio & Standard: Quality acoustics from the USA?

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After all the negative news of the past few weeks in connection with Gibson, I am very happy to finally be able to report about some new instruments. With the release of the new G-45 Studio & Standard, Gibson has released two new solid-state acoustic guitars. Made in the USA at a surprisingly low price. Gibson G-45 Studio & Standard […]

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 […]

Dwarfcraft Gold Standard Eau Claire Thunder: A limited run of only 73 units

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Dwarfcraft has unveiled the Gold Standard Eau Claire Thunder, limited to only 73 units worldwide. The Gold Standard was designed with germanium diodes and NOS Fairchild 2n5133 transistors. The pedal has a Volume, Tone, Trim and Distortion knobs, plus Time Warp switch and a regular Bypass and a  Tone Blast foot switch! It has top […]

Mattoverse Electronics Drone Tone MK III: A new synth for your pedalboard?

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Third time lucky! Version three of Mattoverse’s synth effect pedal has what the first two versions have so painfully missed.  Mattoverse Electronics Drone Tone MK III While it looks like an effect for guitar, it’s something different to your regular pedals. In fact, it doesn’t change the input signal at all. The Drone Tone MK III […]

Noise Engineering Kith Ruina puts a classic guitar stack in a 4hp module

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Eurorack is, of course, the new rock ‘n’ roll and Kith Ruina is here to prove it with a classic guitar tonestack of single-knob distortion and a simple EQ. Rock on. Kith Ruina One knob for Drive, two knobs for EQ and you have the classic guitar amp configuration. Noise Engineering believe that this can […]

MXR releases Raijin Drive overdrive and distortion pedal by Shin Suzuki (at last!)

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MXR his finally released the keenly anticipated Raijin Drive overdrive and distortion pedal first reported on by our German sister site at the beginning of April. The two circuits are inspired by two iconic pedals: one was green, the other orange… MXR Raijin Drive The MXR Raijin Drive overdrive and distortion pedal was designed by […]

Conspiracy Theory Professional Overdrive: A new Klon clone by Way Huge

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Jeorge Tripps’ pedal company Way Huge has jumped onto the Klon ‘Klone’ bandwagon with the release of a new overdrive, the Conspiracy Theory Professional Overdrive! Will this be a worthy, cheaper successor to the terribly expensive Klon? Way Huge Conspiracy Theory Professional Overdrive Way Huge has finally succumbed to the temptation to build a Klon […]

Mojotone BlackOut Select guitar amp: A limited edition combo in blacked out Tweed

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The new Mojotone BlackOut Select is a combo amplifier inspired by classic Fender Tweed amps that will be available in limited numbers via reverb.com. First of all, check out the super-sleek look on this amp, with its blacked out, almost stealth-like finish. This amp is based on Fender’s 5E3 circuit of the ’50s, but with a few modern […]

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 […]