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FSC 59’s Strat Pickups

When I was younger I didn’t understand why people would swap out their guitar pickups. If you liked the way a guitar sounds when you buy it, I thought, why change it?  It wasn’t until a friend showed up at my studio with a guitar that had some hand-wound pickups in it that I had […]

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Effectrode Mercury Tube Fuzz

Once in a while a pedal company comes along that makes exceptional gear. This is not to say that other companies put out inferior products. It’s just that sometimes someone is so dedicated to an idea or product that they spare no expense.  Designer and manufacturer Phil Taylor and his company Effectrode produce  uncompromisingly good […]

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Benson Amps Factory Tour

When I’m on tour I sometimes get to do fun things, like visit guitar, amp, or pedal builders. On a recent day off in Portland, Oregon during an Amy Helm tour,, I dropped by Benson Amps to check out their products and construction process. I was greeted at the door by none other than Chris […]

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The Rat

The Rat is one of the earliest distortion pedals, arriving on the market in 1978. Prior to that, there were only a few gain pedals: the Colorsound Power Boost, the Maestro Fuzz-Tone FZ-1, the Sola Sound Tone Bender, the Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face, the Dallas Rangemaster, and the Electro- Harmonix Big Muff.  Much like we […]

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Disaster Area Designs Solderless Cables

Solderless cables are not a new concept. They’ve been around for a few decades. George Ls were the first brand I was introduced to.  I tried George Ls a number of times but they’ve always been unreliable. I would make some and put a pedalboard together, only to have cables fail on a gig.  They […]

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FSC Guitars

I recently paid a visit to F.S. Lutherie in Brooklyn, NY. They are a small guitar custom shop specializing in repairs and builds, based in the borough’s Greenpoint section. Owner Farhad Soheili met with me to discuss his new line of custom guitars, FSC Guitars. Farhad worked for many years as the guitar tech at […]

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Keeley D&M Drive

If you chat with a guitarist and mention overdrives, you’ll need to pull up a chair and get comfy. You’re gonna be there for a while.  It’s a deep subject partly because there are so many overdrive pedals on the market. It’s flooded with overdrive options.  You might ask why we need to add one […]

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AmpRX BrownBox Review

BrownBox Throughout my years of recording, gigging, and touring I would notice a strange occurrence. My amps seemed to sound different from night to night. At the time, I mostly attributed this to the varying acoustics from room to room. I also thought the warm-up time of the tubes could be influencing the tone of […]

J Rockett Ikon Archer Review

J Rockett Archer Ikon Review

The Klon Centaur has become one of the most legendary pedals of all time. You can find originals going for over $2,500. That’s a lot of scratch for a guitar pedal. There are a few reasons for its inflated status.  For one, it’s a great-sounding pedal. But that said, it’s not the Holy Grail. Nothing […]

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