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Guitar Product Reviews

electro-harmonix HOG Review

Among the true giants in the world of guitar effects and pedal manufacturers is the great electro-harmonix, the same people who brought you the legendary Big Muff Pi, the Small Stone, and many other classics. So... Read more »

Line 6 Pocket POD Review

I found the Pocket POD to be very enjoyable to use with a lot of flexibility contained within a small, cost-effective unit. I took one home, plugged in my headphones, and started flipping through presets, which by... Read more »

Fender VG Stratocaster Review

When I first opened the case to the Fender VG Stratocaster I saw what appeared to be a typical American Series Stratocaster. The guitar had a black polyurethane finish, a rosewood fretboard with 22 medium-jumbo... Read more »

MOTU 896HD Review

Recently, I recorded an album for a ska band. I used the MOTU 896HD with a Creation Station Dual Core 2.6. I was amazed at the functionality of this interface. I started out with drums. After miking the drums, I... Read more »

Native Instruments Guitar Rig 2 Review

My first impression of Guitar Rig 2 was actually based on the Rig Kontrol itself. The thing is built like a tank. I lugged it out of the box and examined its capabilities. Inputs, outputs, USB, MIDI - this should be... Read more »

Boss GT-8 Review

As soon as I connected the S/PDIF out on this unit to my Digi002R, I knew I needed the GT-8. I had always been somewhat frustrated with how much tweaking and work it was to get a great sound out of other amp... Read more »

DigiTech JamMan Looper Review

For the solo performing musician, the JamMan is the perfect tool. It will allow you to create complex textures and increase the entertainment value of your shows, and impress the heck out of your audience! I pulled... Read more »

Line 6 Bass PODxt Live Review

For the bassist who desires great flexability of tone, live and in the studio, the Line 6 Bass PODxt Live offers a vast spectrum of distinctive effects and amplifier models. I tried out the PODxt Live in my home... Read more »

Beyerdynamic M130 & M160 Bundle Review

My first experience with the Beyerdynamic M-160 was while I was working at a studio in Ann Arbor, MI. A guitar player brought one in to try out on his Fender '65 Twin Reverb. We set up a shoot-out with the M-160... Read more »

BLUE Blueberry Review

I recently had the privilege of reviewing this microphone on vocals and acoustic guitar. I was very impressed with the results. The signal chain, in my home studio, consisted of the Blueberry mic ---> Focusrite... Read more »

Royer R-121 Review

I was taught that ribbon mics were for brass... "Nothing better on a square wave." Then came the 80s and 90s, and condensers became king. Brighter, edgier, raw... these were the hip adjectives. Warm? Fat?... Read more »

Line 6 GearBox Gold Bundle Review

I am so glad to see that Line 6 has released "their sound" into the plug-in world. This plug-in is great for reamping guitar, bass, and vocals. Instead of going through the process of miking multiple amps in the... Read more »

Boss GT-8 Review

As a guitarist and longtime fan of BOSS gear, I was very excited to get my hands on the BOSS GT-8 guitar multi-effects processor. What I was expecting was a great range of amp models, killer BOSS effects, and a... Read more »

Martin DC-15E Review

The DC-15E is awesome! I'm a pretty big proponent of C.F. Martin to begin with, but an all-mahogany guitar is a rarity, especially when the quality of the build is made to this degree. Players like Beck, Eric... Read more »

DigiTech RP350 Review

Let me preface this by saying that I'm not a big tweakhead, nor am I a fan of multi-effects processors. So you can imagine my surprise when I found myself immersed in fine-tuning and customizing the presets on the... Read more »

Yamaha Motif ES8 Review

I have played just about every kind of professional keyboard out there at one time or another, so I can say with confidence what an amazing music production synthesizer the Yamaha Motif ES8 really is. The ES8 is my... Read more »

Ableton Live 6 Review

Ableton Live offers a fun and exciting way to create, edit, and mix your music. A few features such as realtime effects control, beat matching, and the ability to use it effectively on stage as well as in the studio... Read more »

Groove Tubes GT50 Review

Groove Tubes is one of pro audio's best-kept secrets - one I'm happy to let out of the bag. They've been around for nearly 30 years, but their name doesn't immediately leap to mind when you start talking about... Read more »

Native Instruments Guitar Rig 2 Review

When I first heard about Guitar Rig a couple of years ago, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. As a guitar player, having the option of eight of my personal favorite amps along with the ability to customize... Read more »

Roger Linn Design AdrenaLinn II Review

I've been a guitar player for over 25 years and I have seen a lot of products come and go. I wasn't really sure what to expect when I first plugged my guitar into the AdrenaLinn II. As I scrolled through the factory... Read more »

Line 6 Variax 700 Review

The Variax 700 looks like a guitar at first glance, but it's a lot more than that. On my first tour of the sounds of Line 6's modeling, I was amazed by the distinct differences between each of the settings. The... Read more »

Boss AD-8 Review

Let's face it, live acoustic guitarists have often suffered from less-than-stellar sounds from the pickups in their guitars. If it were possible, I would want to play my Martin through a microphone every time. I... Read more »

Line 6 Vetta II Review

When I first got my hands on the Vetta II by Line 6, I was blown away. The Line 6 Vetta II amplifier is the most versatile amp on the market. With over 100 amp models and effects, the power of the Vetta II is... Read more »

Universal Audio SOLO/610 Review

Universal Audio's involvement in the professional audio business goes back a long way - the original company's products date back to Bill Putnam Sr.'s groundbreaking designs back in the 1950s. Now Universal Audio... Read more »