Reviews, Softube »

Monday, September 14, 2009 | 0 Comments

What do users expect from amp modeling software? Some are “going virtual,” seeking a one-stop-shop with a warehouse full of amps and effects. Others need a quick fix, a way to get ideas down fast before they're lost sparing the hassle of recording equipment. Then there are those who are ... [More]


Highland, Reviews »

Sunday, September 13, 2009 | 0 Comments

I’ve always been seduced by semi-hollow body guitars. Something about them just seems to be both sexy and classy and I’m always on the lookout for affordable ones which capture the classic cool of days past. One day while surfing eBay and browsing guitars, I stumbled upon the Highland Ro... [More]


VHT, Reviews »

Sunday, August 16, 2009 | 0 Comments

While low wattage tube amps are hot currently with all the big players (and a bunch of boutique builders) looking to capitalize on the trend, very few offer enough clean headroom for gigging (without total saturation) nor a 12 inch speaker to move maximum air at lower volumes. VHT answers the call f... [More]


Vox, Reviews »

Sunday, August 2, 2009 | 0 Comments

I picked up the AC4TV at the 2009 Dallas Guitar Show and believe it may have been destiny. After auditioning the amp early in the day and being impressed, I walked around the show for a couple of hours and the amp haunted me. I just couldn’t get it out of my head. I finally told myself that if... [More]


ProTone, Reviews »

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 | 0 Comments

What makes a distortion pedal a Marshall-in-a-Box,? Different manufacturers would answer the question differently. Some would insist that it's the sound that counts, and that a pedal is a Marshall-in-a-Box if it can make your amp sound like a Marshall. Some would say it has to be flexible, so that y... [More]


First Act (Pedals & Accessories), Reviews »

Monday, June 29, 2009 | 0 Comments

It was late on a Saturday night and I needed a cable for a Sunday morning gig. All the local music stores and even Radio Shack was closed. I was about to work up an alternative setup for the next day when I remembered a local Walmart carried a selection of First Act gear. I figured it was worth a sh... [More]


Radial, Reviews »

Sunday, June 28, 2009 | 0 Comments

Radial is a Canadian company with a reputation of providing high-quality pedals and other tools to professional guitarists. Luckily, regular folks like me can get their hands on them, too, at prices which are competitive given their market and sophistication. Before I dig in to the details, I imagin... [More]