Wishlist: the Blackstar HT10 valve amplifier

Blackstar make a great range of amplifiers, from their in-the-flat manageable 1W recording and practice amps, to their 200W screaming-down-a-stadium-near-you monsters. Could there maybe be an easily-plugged hole in the range though, possibly between the HT-5 and the HT Studio 20? Both are great-sounding and versatile amplifiers, but what if […]
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My love for the Epiphone Dot

Introduced in 1997, the Epiphone Dot emerged at a time when countless thousands of people were looking for the perfect instrument on which to belt out Oasis riffs. With Noel Gallagher using several Epiphone instruments, including the Sheraton and Riviera, there was a big market for a more affordable semi-hollow […]
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NAMM 2013: our highlights

Last week, around the world, musicians, producers and other gear-lusters were tuned to the airwaves for news of the latest gear to put on their shopping lists. We are of course talking about Winter NAMM 2013. After a few days rest, deliberation and petty squabbling, here are some of the […]
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MXR M-116 Fullbore Metal review

Here we have the MXR M-116 Fullbore Metal; a small footprint stomp box with the ability to turn a clean guitar signal into a screaming, searing sonic monstrosity. Use it with a crunch tone from the amp and you’re asking for some trouble! This pedal features the classic MXR-style dimensions (think […]
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