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Emerson Custom Pomeroy Boost / Overdrive / Distortion Pedal Demo

Mitch Gallagher and Don Carr sit down with Mitch Ingram from Emerson Custom to check out the Pomeroy overdrive pedal. It packs a powerful boost and a highly tweakable overdrive into a pedalboard-friendly, all-analog... Read more »

Why Buy Your Guitar From Sweetwater?

See how Sweetwater goes to great lengths to give you the best online guitar buying experience. From our online Guitar Gallery that allows you to select the exact instrument you want to receive, to our in-house... Read more »

Eventide H9 Update Adds PitchFuzz

Eventide has updated the H9 Harmonizer Effects Processor with a new effect, PitchFuzz. PitchFuzz combines fuzz, three pitch shifters and two delays for an amazing range of tonal shapes. PitchFuzz is something new;... Read more »

Way Huge Red Llama 25th Anniversary Overdrive Pedal Demo

Bryan Kehoe from Dunlop/Way Huge presents the Red Llama 25th Anniversary Overdrive pedal. Utilizing a CMOS circuit, the Red Llama gives you transparent and responsive tube-like dynamics and tone. This anniversary... Read more »

Remembering Chris Cornell

In September 1989, I was in LA as a panelist at the sold-out Concrete Foundations Forum — an annual event and the world's first exclusively heavy metal industry convention. On the evening of September 23, one of the... Read more »

Friedman Dirty Shirley Mini Combo Amp Review

Don Carr presents the Friedman Dirty Shirley Mini combo amp. Based on the sought-after JTM 45 amp, the Dirty Shirley Mini gives you a wide range of tones from smooth and clean to Friedman's famous high-gain tones... Read more »

Friedman Motor City Drive Tube Overdrive Pedal Review

Nick Bowcott presents the Friedman Motor City Drive pedal. The Friedman Motor City Drive pedal puts the touch-sensitive breakup of a Friedman tube circuit on your pedalboard. To achieve the level of response and... Read more »

Bogner Lyndhurst Compressor Pedal Review

Don Carr presents the Bogner Lyndhurst Compressor pedal. Loaded with a Rupert Neve-designed transformer, this compressor pedal puts the coveted sound of a classic recording console onto your pedalboard. Its built-in... Read more »

Essential Looping Tips and Techniques

Loops instantly add another element to your live performance and can be used in so many different ways. From a simple groove to a complex arrangement, loops can be used to augment a full band or to back up a solo... Read more »

Finding Your Tube Amp’s “Sweet Spot”

Nearly every tube amp has a "sweet spot" — a point at which the tubes are cooking but not pushed too hard, the guitar sustains, has good dynamics, and a full, rich tone. But it's not the same for every amp;... Read more »

Best Acoustic Guitars under $500

The quality and consistency of acoustic guitars is at an all-time high. The level of craftsmanship has been raised across the board due to a near perfect storm of reasons. Manufacturers are taking the art of design... Read more »

Pros and Cons: Bringing Multiple Guitars to the Gig

As a guitarist, it's possible to find yourself in the middle of a song where your guitar isn't quite giving you what you need. It can be the sound or feel of a particular instrument that doesn't exactly fit what... Read more »

Free Stem Mastering Seminar with Mike Wells

Dangerous Music and Sweetwater are proud to present a unique opportunity to learn stem mastering from a pro! The event will be streaming live on May 13, 2017, at 2pm EDT, free of charge. (A free Puremix membership... Read more »

How Many Takes Should I Record?

As many as you need, and no more. In all seriousness, modern DAWs let you record as many takes of the same part as you want, but there definitely is a point of diminishing returns. First, unless you are purely... Read more »

Friedman Tour Pro Platinum Pack Pedalboard Review

Mitch Gallagher gives a comprehensive overview of the Friedman Tour Pro Platinum Pack Pedalboard. This rugged two-tier pedalboard features a flat surface on the bottom tier and a slanted surface for the second tier... Read more »

5 Ultimate Metal Rigs

The race for the ultimate heavy metal guitar rig has been around ever since guitarists discovered the love cranking the gain and riffing away. But with all of the choices in metal-focused gear, it may be difficult... Read more »

Review: EarthQuaker Devices Erupter Fuzz Pedal

Don Carr presents the EarthQuaker Devices Erupter fuzz pedal. The all-analog EarthQuaker Devices Erupter could be the ultimate classic fuzz. Yet surprising enough, this pedal is no clone. It's the result of more... Read more »

Interview: Devin Townsend

At Sweetwater, we try to get to know every one of our customers personally. It turns out, some of them are a pretty big deal in the music industry. They're also some of the coolest people we know. Do you want to... Read more »

Rein in the Reverb

Reverb is an integral part of near every finished recording. It creates space in the mix, and ambience and body for individual instruments. For some types of sound design, a huge, cavernous reverb is an integral... Read more »

What are “Matched” Power Tubes?

In general, there's a lot of variation in current draw from one tube to another, even when the tubes are the same type. This has an impact how they'll respond in your tube amp — and could cause diminished... Read more »

Pedals to Make Your Guitar Sound Like a Synth by Sweetwater

Sweetwater's Daniel Fisher and Don Carr embark on a sonic journey together, to create synthesizer-style sounds on electric guitar. Daniel and Don chose an assortment of their favorite effects pedals, then started... Read more »

MXR IL Diavolo Overdrive Pedal Review

MXR has once again partnered with notable Italian pedal designer Carlo Sorasio to bring you this versatile overdrive pedal. The easy-to-use control complement of Level, Tone, and Drive access everything from smooth... Read more »

Jeorge Tripps Interview

Mitch Gallagher is joined by effects-pedal creator Jeorge Tripps. Mitch and Jeorge discuss how Jeorge got into pedal design, his time at Line 6 and his current position at Dunlop designing for Dunlop, MXR and Way... Read more »

Powered Mixer, Powered Speaker, or Power Amp?

Q: I see powered mixers, powered speakers, and power amps for PAs. I'm a bit confused which do I need? Does everything need to be powered? A: What we're referring to here is an amplifier for driving PA speakers... Read more »