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Author Archives: Tom Guerra

Siegmund Midnight Special

Tried ’N True, Twisted
 
Siegmund Midnight Special

Siegmund Midnight Special Price: $1,895 (list, as tested) Contact: www.siegmundguitars.com Driven by a quest for preserving the original tonal qualities of a player’s instrument, builder Chris Siegmund created the Midnight Special, an attractive and great-sounding single-ended Class A amp that brings many of the (more…)

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Knaggs Guitars’ Chesapeake Severn Tier 2 Trembuck

All-Genre Style
 
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Knaggs Guitars’ Chesapeake Severn Tier 2 Trembuck Price: $ 5,600 (list)/$4,300 (street) Info: www.knaggsguitars.com. Maryland-based Knaggs Guitars was founded five years ago by former PRS luthier Joe Knaggs and business marketer Peter Wolf. The pair build high-quality set-neck guitars using handpicked tonewoods and state-of-the-art processes. Available (more…)

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Amptweaker’s FatMetal Distortion

Metal To the Pedal
 
Amptweaker’s FatMetal Distortion

Amptweaker’s FatMetal Distortion Price: $200 (list) Contact: www.amptweaker.com With all of the subgenres of heavy metal out there, it was only a matter of time before the pedal industry began tweaking its many circuits to meet the needs of discerning heshers everywhere. Such is (more…)

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Washburn Paul Stanley PS2012 Time Traveler

Dressed to Kill
 
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Washburn Paul Stanley PS2012 Time Traveler Price: $8,665.33 (retail) Info: www.washburn.com . Inspired by Kiss co-founder Paul Stanley’s appreciation for vintage instruments – and loosely based on Washburn’s Paul Stanley Starfire model – the PS2012 Time Traveler is hand-built in Washburn’s Custom Shop in Chicago and (more…)

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Sitori Sonics pedals

New Highs with Sitori Sonics’ Doob Dreamer, Tidal Phase, and Reel Repeat
 
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Sitori Sonics pedals Price: $188 list (Doob Dreamer, Reel Repeat); $168 (Tidal Phase) Info: sitorisonics.com. Despite the vast possibilities of electronic guitar effects, boutique pedal builders perhaps sometimes focus their effort in the cheeky names to evoke a vibe. Sitori Sonics is no exception, (more…)

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Harmonic Design’s VP-90

Tone with Intent
 
Harmonic Design’s VP-90

Harmonic Design’s VP-90 Price: $100 Contact: www.harmonicdesign.net Harmonic Design must be doing something right. Specializing in replacement pickups, they boast a roster of satisfied customers that includes folks like Redd Volkaert, Otis Rush, Bill Frisell, Robben Ford, and Neal Schon. One of their latest (more…)

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Keeley Electronics Seafoam Chorus

Side Effects
 
Keeley Electronics Seafoam Chorus

Keeley Electronics Seafoam Chorus Price: $229 (list) Contact: www.robertkeeley.com In a world of proliferating effects pedals, discovering one that does what it promises well can be a rewarding discovery. Finding one that does what it promises and rewards experimentation with some unexpected sounds (more…)

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E.W.S. Little Fuzzy Drive

Tiny Footprint, Huge Sound
 
E.W.S. Little Fuzzy Drive

E.W.S. Little Fuzzy Drive Price: $160 (list); $130 (street) Info: www.ews-us.com. At 1.5″ x 3.5″, the E.W.S. Little Fuzzy Drive looks fun and toy-like, but, when plugged in, thoughts of cuteness disappear. Designed to use half the space on a pedalboard, the Little (more…)

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Sturdy and “Purdy”

Dashboards Pedalboards
 
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Dashboards Pedalboards Price: $199 Info: www.dashboardsonline.com Founded in 2010 by guitarist Ashley Dasher and based on his vision of the ideal touring pedalboard, Dashboards offers well-crafted, easy-to-use pedalboards. And they look sharp, too! With lightweight, yet sturdy, one-piece aluminum construction, they’re dressed up with (more…)

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Goodtone Roadrage PD, Mad Professor Golden Cello

Secret Weapons
 
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Goodtone Roadrage PD, Mad Professor Golden Cello Price: $155 Info: www.goodtone.com. Goodtone Amps builder Norm Matthews has a rep for building noteable guitar amps, and more recently he delved into effects pedals. Matthews’ first box is the Roadrage PD, a true-bypass, two-stage MOSFET-based unit designed (more…)

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