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SynapticGroove’s SlackJaw OD/Boost/Fuzz

Fuzz for Grown-Ups
 
SynapticGroove’s SlackJaw OD/Boost/Fuzz

SynapticGroove’s SlackJaw OD/Boost/Fuzz Price: $239 Info: www.synapticgroove.com Last year SynapticGroove entered the stompbox arena with the Snapperhead Overdrive/Distortion, attracting high-profile users like Peter Stroud of Sheryl Crow’s band and Richard Fortus of Guns N’ Roses. This year SynapticGroove introduced the SlackJaw OD/Boost/Fuzz, a new (more…)

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AnalogMan Jim Weider Big-T Bridge Pickup

Mr. Clean
 
AnalogMan Jim Weider Big-T Bridge Pickup

AnalogMan’s Jim Weider Big-T Bridge Pickup Price: $135 Info: www.buyanalogman.com Jim Weider is one of the few guitarists who can truly wear the title “Telemaster” without being crushed by the heavy mantle. Besides his obvious prowess as a player, he (more…)

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Fuchs Blackjack-21 II Combo

Hit Me!
 
Fuchs Blackjack-21 II Combo

Fuchs Blackjack-21 II Combo Price: $1,750 Info: www.fuchsaudiotechnology.com Andy Fuchs is an authority in the world of guitar amps. One of his great accomplishments has been to closely replicate and refine certain legendary boutique-amp tones. With the Blackjack-21 II, Fuchs Audio Technology (more…)

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Peerless Retromatic

Modern Vintage
 
Peerless Retromatic

Peerless Retromatic Price: $1,699 Info: www.peerlessguitars.eu While many new guitars of the last decade have touted authentic (or semi-authentic) “retro” features, the Peerless Retromatic represents an evolution in the retro-guitar revolution. That’s because in addition to its sexy design and vintage-inspired accoutrements, the Retromatic is (more…)

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Delisle Island Carney/Drifter Amp-in-Case Combo

Econo Classic Reimagined
 
Delisle Island Carney/Drifter Amp-in-Case Combo

Delisle Island Carney/Drifter Amp-in-Case Combo Price: $4,000 (list) Contact: www.island-instruments.com A half-century ago, before Marshalls were stacked and ’Bursts dangled menacingly below hips, the marketing of guitars and amps targeted the teenage garage-band musician. Strapped for cash but looking to rock out, (more…)

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Waterloo WL-14

Modern Johnson
 
Waterloo WL-14

Waterloo WL-14 Price: $2,100, $1,890 (street) Contact: www.collingsguitars.com or www.waterlooguitars.com Robert Johnson slid into a photo booth, dangling a cigarette from his lips and holding a flat-top guitar. What brand was he smoking? Who knows? But scholars think he was holding a Gibson-made (more…)

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Z.Vex Fuzz Probe

There-Mayhem
 
Z.Vex Fuzz Probe

Z.Vex Fuzz Probe Price: $369 Contact: www.zvex.com The Z.Vex Fuzz Factory pedal unleashed sonic possibilities ranging from a horde of wasps to the (presumed) sound of the end of the world and became a go-to stompbox for extreme-rock and heavy metal guitarists. The company’s (more…)

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Blackstar HT Club 40

Monster of Rock
 
Blackstar HT Club 40

Blackstar HT Club 40 Price: $699.99 (list) Contact: www.blackstaramps.com Standalone combo amplifiers that cover broad sonic terrain are popular with guitarists looking for quick, pedal-free stage setups. Blackstar’s HT Club 40 fulfills those desires by offering a foot-switchable, two-channel, 40-watt combo with two (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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SviSound’a Overdrive OverZoid oz01

Full Steam
 
SviSound’a Overdrive OverZoid oz01

SviSound’a Overdrive OverZoid oz01 Price: $165 (list) Contact: www.svisound.com Tonally and aesthetically, SviSound’s Overdrive OverZoid is a study in good taste. Handcrafted in Bulgaria, the OverZoid matches a very natural-sounding gain with a distinctive steampunk design to earn its spot as the best-looking (more…)

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