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Guitar Product Reviews

Hands-On Review Hughes & Kettner GrandMeister 36 Tube Head

At the core of the Hughes & Kettner GrandMeister 36 is a killer-sounding, 4-channel tube amp that's loud enough for just about any gig and small enough to carry with one hand. Hughes & Kettner massively expanded on... Read more »

Hands On: Shure GLX-D

Cut the cord! To go wireless as a guitarist is to experience tremendous freedom. Don’t get me wrong, cables do the job and can even be used to fine-tune your tone. But the ability to transmit a transparent sound... Read more »

Hands On: Peavey ValveKing II

My first real amp was a 2 x 12" Peavey Classic — the old-school late-’70s original with the aluminum side panels on the grille. Ah, the good old days! I played that amp for years, followed by several other Peaveys... Read more »

Hands On: PRS Archon

Most guitar amps that can deliver crushing high-gain tones at high volume levels suffer from a similar malady: they’re no good at delivering clean tones. The cleans are always a compromise and often end up sounding... Read more »

Hands On: MONO Cases Vertigo

I’m sort of a fanatic about protecting my guitars. I’ve got a bunch of different cases, some of which will withstand a nuclear event, submersion in the deepest ocean, or even a launch into outer space. But these... Read more »

Hands On: Line 6 AMPLIFi 150

Winter NAMM saw Line 6 unveil a brand-new line of guitar amplifiers designed to take the at-home market by storm (though they’re also gig ready). At first look, the AMPLIFi amplifiers are self-contained stereo... Read more »

Hands On: Moog Minifoogers

Few companies have the legacy that Moog Music has - after all, the company was founded by the father of modern synthesis himself, Dr. Robert Moog. A few years back, Moog took their creative signal processing ideas... Read more »

Hands On: Fishman TriplePlay Pickup

Like many guitar players, I’m totally obsessed with my instrument. But I can’t help it if my eyes and ears wander when I’m in the presence of a sexy synthesizer — if only my guitar could make those sounds! The quest... Read more »

Hands on: TC Electronic Ditto

Looking for the world's smallest and easiest-to-use looping pedal? The TC Electronic Ditto definitely fills those requirements! The Ditto is a super-compact "bantam" pedal with just a single footswitch and a single... Read more »

Hands On Review: DigiTech iStomp

Imagine a stompbox that you can instantly change to produce any effect you want. This may sound like a dream, but it very accurately describes the DigiTech iStomp. The iStomp looks and feels like any other pedal... Read more »

Hands On Review: tc electronic Flashback X4

I love delay pedals. I have many in my collection, and each one is slightly different. But what I really want is a pedal with tap tempo and a few presets. The big thing this delay needs is an input for an expression... Read more »

Hands On Review: RJM Music Technology Tone Saver

Maintaining your guitar tone in the face of the harsh environment of a loaded pedalboard and long cable runs can be a challenge. While one long cable may not trash your sound, and one pedal — even a poorly designed... Read more »

Line 6 M9 Stompbox Modeler Review

As soon as I got home with in minutes I had the line 6 M9 stomp box unpackaged and plugged in. This was probably the easiest learning curve for me to overcome because everything about the M9 is familiar for anybody... Read more »

Hands On Review: Martin GPCPA4 Siris and GPCPA5K

Want the classic good looks, smooth playability, and powerful tones of a Martin steel-string acoustic, at an affordable price? Look no further than these two new models from the venerable Pennsylvania guitar maker!... Read more »

Hands On Review: SKB 3i Cases

A few years ago, when I was traveling with my classical guitar, I stood in an airport baggage claim and watched the handler bounce my guitar case across the floor. I vowed I would never risk an instrument like that... Read more »

Hands On Review: TC Electronic/Sweetwater TonePrints

Readers of SweetNotes and Sweetwater’s other publications know that I love to get “hands on” with gear of all types. That’s why I was so thrilled to be asked to work with TC Electronic to create an exclusive set of... Read more »

Hands On Review: Orange Dark Terror

Orange set a new standard for great tone in a compact package with their Tiny Terror amplifiers, and the family has continued to expand with new offerings that provide additional features and tonal colors. If your... Read more »

electro-harmonix Ravish Sitar Review

The Ravish Sitar pedal by electro-harmonix will definitely catch the ear of anyone looking to get an effect that stands out from the traditional delay, reverb, EQ, and distortion pedals. This device transforms your... Read more »

Orange Dual Terror Head Review

The Dual Terror is a great amp! Don't let the minimal controls deceive you, this thing just oozes tone! The single volume, tone, and gain knobs are very sensitive. A single tone knob may seem limiting, but Orange... Read more »

Hands On Review: The World of Pigtronix

There’s a familiar slogan that was used by Apple in the late ’90s: “Think Different.” Pigtronix is another company that could just as easily use that slogan. Founded by guitar players who wanted to create unique... Read more »

Hands On Review: Line 6 DT50

Some players can make their music happen with just a single amplifier kept on a single setting. But many of us are looking for versatility from our amps; we want to cover a range of sounds, from clean to crunchy to... Read more »

Hands On Review: Egnater Rebel-30

The paradigm for guitar amps has shifted radically in the past several years. Today, players are looking for amp solutions that provide tonal flexibility with good tone at manageable volume levels. For playing at... Read more »

Hands On Review: Tech 21 Boost Chorus and Roto Choir

Tech 21 has long been known for their SansAmp family of guitar and bass processors. These were some of the first amp simulators on the market, and they still hold up well, producing excellent tones. The Character... Read more »

Hands On Review: Fender American Special

"Built by the people, for the people & within your reach" is the slogan on Fender's website describing the new American Special line of guitars and basses. And it's an apt descriptor: the new instruments are... Read more »