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Guitar Product Reviews

Radial Tonebone TriMode Review

Before ever plugging this pedal in I knew just from the touch and feel of the knobs and switches that the Tonebone TriMode was a quality piece. After hearing my favorite Fender American Standard Strat through it I... Read more »

Hands On Review: Trace Elliot TA200

As an acoustic guitarist, once you take the stage, you're faced with an immediate problem: how to be heard. You could plug into the PA, but then you're at the mercy of the soundman. A better solution is to bring... Read more »

Rode NT2000 Review

The NT2000 has been one of the go-to microphones in my home studio for years. As a saxophonist, I have truly appreciated it's silky tone and transparent quality. And, as one who occasionally records vocals and... Read more »

Ibanez Joe Satriani Signature JS1200 (Candy Apple Red) Review

From the moment I opened the case for this guitar, I was amazed at the quality that went into the making of this instrument. The case by itself is a testament to the attention to detail that was given to ensuring... Read more »

Line 6 Uber Metal Review

I have been on a quest for many years to find a great guitar distortion pedal that was economical, full of gain, and built like a tank. I have used many distortion pedals that were very satisfactory but the Line 6... Read more »


You can never have too many great mics! Fortunately, great new companies, such as Nashville-based Miktek, are keeping us well supplied with excellent transducers. For this "Hands On," I reviewed the C5MP, a matched... Read more »

Boss DD-20 Review

Delay is a big part of my sound, and the Boss DD-20 Giga Delay became my favorite delay pedal right out of the box. With 11 different delays to choose from, this a great tool for every musician! One of the best... Read more »

Digidesign Eleven Rack Review

Whether you're playing guitar in your bedroom or in a world-class studio, the Eleven Rack has the sound you're looking for. The Eleven Rack lets me get the range of tones I want without having to use a studio full... Read more »

Neumann TLM 67 Set Z Review

When picking up the Neumann TLM 67 Set Z, the classic styling already had me imagining crooning into this great mic, a la "The Chairman of the Board" Frank Sinatra. After the initial set up (the Mic comes with it's... Read more »

Blue Microphones Robbie Review

The Blue Robbie was always an item that intrigued me. I consistently heard amazing results when my old singer used this with a U87 for vocals. I finally got a chance to try this odd-looking tube preamp for myself... Read more »

Bogner Alchemist 212 Review

It is a strange sight to see mass produced Bogner amplifiers, and if you know anything about the somewhat eccentric German born, California living Reinhold Bogner, his expensive boutique amplifiers are looked at as... Read more »

Joemeek oneQ Review

I thought I knew what I was getting into before opening the oneQ box, but simply reading the specifications couldn't completely prepare me for working with the oneQ. The first thing I noticed upon pulling this... Read more »

Randall RM20B Review

I will have to admit, before I had a chance to actually play on any of the Randall Master Tube Series amplifiers, I was highly skeptical about the modular amp concept and whether or not the modules held their own... Read more »

Ibanez MSC550TRD Review

The first thing I noticed when I opened the case was the beautiful finish. The flamed maple body along with the unique design definitely gave me a "wow" factor right from the start. When I picked it up and started... Read more »

AKG Perception 420 Review

My first experience with the Perception series microphones was with the 200 model. I was so impressed with its performance on a live recording that I decided I needed to get one for my own use. Of course, I decided... Read more »

Epiphone Sheraton II Review

When I first laid eyes on this natural beauty I was absolutely floored by its stunning looks. I had to take a few moments to just sit and absorb its curves, its accents, and search out its very essence. Before I... Read more »

Line 6 Spider Valve MkII 112 Review

I recently tried out the Line 6 Spider Valve mkII 112 40W modeling tube guitar combo amp. When I got it home, I imagined that, while amp modeling provides great versatility, getting quality tone that I could... Read more »

Line 6 Floor POD Plus Review

I remember when I brought the Floor POD Plus home. I went into it with a limited amount of expectations. It was replacing a much larger multi-effects unit that broke down on me after years of abuse. I just plugged... Read more »

Line 6 M13 Stompbox Modeler Review

The line 6 M13 is the ultimate solution for guitar players. If you are anything like me, you like to use a lot of effects and stompboxes to add some colors to your tone. Since I purchased the M13, my stompboxes are... Read more »

PreSonus Studio Channel Review

Like many operating in a home studio, I had long gotten used to the rather generic sound of the preamps in my recording interface. When I first plugged the Studio Channel in to use as my front end, I heard the sound... Read more »

Line 6 PODxt Review

Line 6's PODxt recreates the entire signal chain of a monster guitar recording rig by modeling much sought-after guitar pedals, amps, cabinets, and mics. You just mix, match, and tweak to create your own personal... Read more »

Line 6 Spider Jam Review

When I took the Spider Jam home and plugged in my Strat, I was surprised to discover the versatility that this amp offered. I quickly began scanning the built-in backing tracks and found a nice blues groove to jam... Read more »


In order to progress and improve as a guitarist, you have to practice. Sure, we all know that! But the problem for many of us is time - we're all so busy that finding time to practice can be challenging. It follows... Read more »

REVIEW: Orange Amplifiers

Sweetwater recently began carrying Orange amplifiers and cabinets, which meant just one thing: I had to get my hands on them for review, in my own studio! These amplifiers have a heritage that stretches back... Read more »