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Supro 1695TH Black Magick Amplifier Review

Get the Supro 1695TH Black Magick amp head here: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/BlackMagickH Supro's Black Magick electric guitar amplifier head is engineered to replicate the sound of the highly customized... Read more »

TC Electronic Mimiq Doubler and HyperGravity Compressor Mini Pedals

Get the Mimiq Mini Doubler here: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/MimiqMini Get the HyperGravity Compressor Mini here: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/HyperGravityMin Mitch Gallagher presents two... Read more »

What Is An Amp-Like Pedal?

Most good overdrive and distortion pedals are responsive to picking dynamics and guitar volume shifts. So how come certain distortion or overdrive pedals are billed as more "amp-like" than others? There are two... Read more »

How to Dial In a New Overdrive Pedal

There's nothing quite like the sound of an overdrive or boost pedal that you've dialed in perfectly to get the tone you hear in your head. Getting there, however, can require a lot of trial and error, and knowing... Read more »

TC-Helicon Talkbox Synth Pedal Demo

Get the TC-Helicon Talkbox Synth pedal here: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/TalkBoxSynth From "Do You Feel Like We Do" to "Sweet Emotion" to "Livin' on a Prayer," TC-Helicon's Talkbox Synth delivers classic... Read more »

Interview with St. Vincent

Her self-titled album won a 2015 Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album. Her music has been described as "bold and almost jarringly confident." In 2016, she worked with Ernie Ball to design a signature series of... Read more »

Can I Loop Record MIDI Playlists in Pro Tools?

Q: I'm recording a guitar part where I want to capture both the audio signal from the guitar and a MIDI signal from the Fishman TriplePlay system on the guitar at the same time into Pro Tools. I'm loop recording so... Read more »

Make Music Day 2017

#MakeMusicDay is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now on the summer solstice every year in more than 750 cities in 120 countries... Read more »

Can I Use the Fishman TriplePlay with iOS?

Q: Can I use the Fishman TriplePlay wireless MIDI guitar system with my iPad or will it only work with a computer? A: You can most certainly use the Fishman TriplePlay with an iOS device. All that is required is an... Read more »

Morgan Amps MVP23 Combo Amplifier Reviewed

By manipulating the Morgan Amps MPV23's simple controls, you can craft tones ranging from boutique cleans to liquid overdrive. Everything is interactive, thanks to this amplifier's unique gain structure. Roll back... Read more »

Zoom Updates MS Series Pedals

Zoom has updated the firmware for their MS series of guitar and bass stompboxes. For the MS-70CDR MultiStomp, Firmware Version 2.0 offers 51 all-new effects, including classic effects such as Tremolo, Slicer... Read more »

JHS Pink Panther Delay Pedal Review

Based on their very first delay pedal from 2007, the JHS Pink Panther digital delay pedal is a great example of digital processing done right. With the Dark control fully clockwise, you'll hear transparent digital... Read more »

Celebrating the Birth of (the) Les Paul

    It was exactly 102 years ago today that Lester William Polsfuss was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Happy birthday, Lester. Of course, we're talking about the late, great Les Paul, the grandfather of the... Read more »

Best Travel Guitars: 5 Great Guitars for the Road

We've all felt it. The desperate need to wrangle our favorite 6-string while we're far from home. Unfortunately, thanks to excessive baggage costs, the cumbersome nature of many guitar cases, and restrictions... Read more »

Vox MV50 Tube Amplifier Heads Review

For electric guitar amplifier heads that push 50 watts of power, the Vox MV50 series of amplifiers are about as small as they come. By utilizing their Nutube technology and a Class D power section, Vox is able to... Read more »

Best Guitars for Beginners

When you're just beginning your guitar playing journey it's very important to have the right guitar, more than at any other point along the road. You will want an instrument that is easy to play, stays in tune... Read more »

A First Timer’s Guide to GearFest

GearFest 2017 has almost arrived (register here for FREE)! In a matter of weeks, more than 14,000 music fans will descend on the Sweetwater campus for two full days of workshops, performances, product demos — and of... Read more »

Mesa/Boogie Rosette 2-channel Acoustic Amp Review

The Rosette's two fully independent channels allow for use with a guitar pickup, a microphone, or both. You'll dial in your ambience via three onboard reverb types as well as a footswitchable parallel effects loop... Read more »

Friedman Fuzz Fiend Tube Fuzz Pedal Review

The Friedman Fuzz Fiend boasts a 12AX7 preamp tube, which bolsters your sound with more compression, clipping, and harmonics than any solid-state design out there. And when you really want to take your tone over the... Read more »

12 Father’s Day Gifts for Musicians

Ties and cologne are sock drawer fodder. Grilling tools? He's got every flipper, scraper, slicer, and nipper he'll ever need. Finding the perfect Father's Day gift can be hard — unless your dad is a musician. Then... Read more »

Dunlop EVH95 Eddie Van Halen Signature Cry Baby Wah Pedal Review

Step on the Dunlop EVH Wah Wah, and you're stepping into Eddie Van Halen's signature wah sound. That's because the EVH Wah Wah is a clone of Eddie's "Holy Grail" Cry Baby — a standard Cry Baby he had customized in... Read more »

MXR EVH Phase 90 Pedal Review

Giving you the same trance-inducing warbles and sonic swirls that made the Phase 90 the famous pedal it is today, Eddie collaborated with Dunlop to update this Phase 90, delivering even more tonal possibilities that... Read more »

Sweetwater Interviews Michael League of Snarky Puppy

In the midst of a world tour, Michael League from Snarky Puppy took some time to visit Sweetwater and join Mitch Gallagher for this interview. Find out how a world tour is even possible with dozens of performers... Read more »

Boss Introduces MS-3 Multi Effects Switcher

Ready for a new concept in pedalboard switching and control, one that maximizes creative options for guitarists and bassists? Then you're ready for the new Boss MS-3 Multi Effects Switcher! The MS-3 combines two... Read more »