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  • BOSS Katana Sneaky Amps: What You Need To Know

    BOSS Katana Sneaky Amps: What You Need To Know

    The BOSS Katana Sneaky Amps feature sounded like a myth, or an urban legend when I first heard of it. But it’s real, and today we will show you how to expand your Katana’s tones! READ FIRST: Katana Gen 3 Compatibility (2024 Update) With the release of the Katana Gen 3 Amplifier Series, the structure…

  • The 5 Best Cheap Amps You Can Gig With: Great Live Tone On A Budget!

    The 5 Best Cheap Amps You Can Gig With: Great Live Tone On A Budget!

    Usually amps you can gig with are big and expensive. But there are a few cheap amps you can gig with, without compromising your tone. Today we take a look at what makes these amps perfect for beginner players ready to take the stage. Cheap Amps You Can Actually Gig With It’s no secret that…

  • BOSS Katana GO Review: The Best Practice Tool?

    BOSS Katana GO Review: The Best Practice Tool?

    The BOSS Katana GO just hit the market, and we have a lot to talk about. Can a portable version of the best-selling guitar amp meet our standards? The Katana GO: A Rich Legacy The BOSS Katana is one of the best-selling guitar amps of all time. Everyone from beginners to seasoned pros have become…

  • GAMMA G50 Amplifier Review: A Stunning Pedal Platform For Gigging

    GAMMA G50 Amplifier Review: A Stunning Pedal Platform For Gigging

    The Gamma G50 is the newly rebranded Acoustic brand’s attempt to make a “clean canvas” style amp. So how does this work, and how does it sound? Today we go over all of the features. The Gamma G50: A Legacy Of Tone Last week we checked out the new GAMMA Guitar pedals lineup, where we…

  • Best FRFR Speaker: Beginner, Budget & Pro Options [2023]

    Best FRFR Speaker: Beginner, Budget & Pro Options [2023]

    What’s the best FRFR speaker you can buy right now? Here’s our pick for the top-rated, best-sounding FRFR speakers for beginners, those on a budget, and those looking for a more professional sound… Best FRFR Speaker As of 2023, these are our top picks for the best FRFR speakers you can buy right now. We…

  • The 3 Best Low Wattage Tube Amps Reviewed: Recording At Home Has Never Been Easier!

    The 3 Best Low Wattage Tube Amps Reviewed: Recording At Home Has Never Been Easier!

    If you record at home and have neighbors, taking a look at these best low wattage tube amps can save you a headache! Metaphorically and literally! The Best Low Wattage Tube Amps: (Don’t Really)Blow The Roof Off! We have been talking a lot about amplifiers here lately, especially the difference between tubes and solid state.…

  • Blackstar DEPT. 10 AMPED 1 Review: A Portable 100 Watt Monster!

    Blackstar DEPT. 10 AMPED 1 Review: A Portable 100 Watt Monster!

    The new Blackstar DEPT 10 AMPED 1 is an amazing guitar amp that can fit right on your pedalboard! There is a lot to go over with this pedal, or is it an amp? Let’s see, and test it out! Blackstar DEPT. 10 AMPED 1: This Thing Is WILD! I have always been a big…

  • How To Mic A Guitar Amp: The 3 PRO Positions For Killer Tone!

    How To Mic A Guitar Amp: The 3 PRO Positions For Killer Tone!

    Learning how to mic a guitar amp can be an essential skill when recording, but also for setting up live sound! Today we take a look at the top 3 positions for the mic, and describe how they work. Learning How To Mic A Guitar Amp: The Easiest Way To Record! Recording is much easier…

  • Choosing A Guitar Amplifier That Doesn’t Suck: A Beginner’s Guide

    Choosing A Guitar Amplifier That Doesn’t Suck: A Beginner’s Guide

    When it comes to choosing a guitar amplifier, it can be confusing for beginners and veterans alike. Today we walk you through the process, step by step. Choosing A Guitar Amp: The Options Are Vast! There are more options for guitar amplification today than there have ever been. Guitarists are calling the last decade or…

  • Guitar Amp Types Explained: The #1 Guide To Combos, Stacks, And Beyond!

    Guitar Amp Types Explained: The #1 Guide To Combos, Stacks, And Beyond!

    There are so many guitar amp types out there these days, it can be really confusing. Today we go over each type, and weigh the pros and cons of each to get the best bang for your buck! Guitar Amp Types Explained: Something For Everyone! If you have been playing guitar for a while, you…

  • Guitar Amp Controls Explained: The 1st Step Towards AMAZING Tone!

    Guitar Amp Controls Explained: The 1st Step Towards AMAZING Tone!

    Taking a look at guitar amp controls for the first time can be a little overwhelming at first. Today, we check out what all of the controls do, and how to use them. Guitar Amp Controls: How Much Control Do You Need? Guitar amps have only really been around for a short time compared to…

  • BOSS Katana 50 Watt Vs 100 Watt: What’s The Difference?

    BOSS Katana 50 Watt Vs 100 Watt: What’s The Difference?

    The whole BOSS Katana 50 Watt Vs 100 Watt argument has been discussed a lot when it comes to the power rating. But features are what really what matters. Today we take a look at the reasons one is better than the other. BOSS Katana 50 Watt Vs 100 Watt: There’s A BIG Difference BOSS…

  • That Time Eddie Van Halen Created The Peavey 5150: How & Why It Happened…

    That Time Eddie Van Halen Created The Peavey 5150: How & Why It Happened…

    The Peavey 5150 is almost synonymous with metal and hard rock. It has seen many iterations over the years, but today we take a look at the classic that Eddie Van Halen created. The Peavey 5150: Eddie’s Greatest Creation Look, I am one of the biggest Van Halen fans in the world. I’m not kidding…

  • Is Spark Amp Battery Powered? What You Need To Know

    Is Spark Amp Battery Powered? What You Need To Know

    Positive Grid’s Spark Amp is a very cool practice amp, with a futuristic twist that involves amp sims and your phone. But is the Spark Amp battery powered? I remember when Positive Grid’s Spark Amp launched at NAMM. I watched the launch with high expectations. But what Positive Grid unveiled was way beyond what I…

  • What Guitar Amps Do Meshuggah Use? A Guide For Djenters…

    What Guitar Amps Do Meshuggah Use? A Guide For Djenters…

    What guitar amps does Meshuggah use? Good question. Here’s the skinny on Meshuggah’s amazing custom-built guitar amps… How do you sound like Meshuggah? First, you’ll need a PHD-grade understanding of timing and rhythm; second, you’ll need an 8-string guitar, this is a must; and third, you’ll need a killer guitar amp to dial in Meshuggah’s…

  • 5 Reasons Why The Orange Crush Amp is The Perfect Amp

    5 Reasons Why The Orange Crush Amp is The Perfect Amp

    Is the Orange Crush amp any good? Personally, I think it is the perfect practice amp – here are five simple reasons why… You can really get lost when looking at practice amps. As of right now, there are literally hundreds of potential options and, annoyingly, most of them are very, very good. You have amazing…

  • 15 Guitarists That Use Axe FX (+ Why The Switched)

    15 Guitarists That Use Axe FX (+ Why The Switched)

    Axe FX is used by all kinds of guitarists, from The Edge to John Mayer. But what metals bands use Axe FX? Here are some of the best guitarists that switched over to Fractal Audio’s Axe FX… Axe FX – for purists – is considered the forbidden fruit. But plenty of bands, including Metallica, have now…

  • New JOYO Bantamp Models For 2022: Amazing Miniature Monsters!

    New JOYO Bantamp Models For 2022: Amazing Miniature Monsters!

    The new Joyo Bantamp series is seriously awesome, yet affordable options for guitarists that want to downsize. Today we take a look at the new models, and a special new cabinet designed for these amps! JOYO Bantamp Series: New For 2022! The first time that I ever tried out a lunchbox style amp, it was…

  • Line 6 Catalyst VS BOSS Katana: Which Amp Will Be #1?

    Line 6 Catalyst VS BOSS Katana: Which Amp Will Be #1?

    It has only been a week since Line 6 dropped the Catalyst, and people already want a comparison between these two amps. Line 6 Catalyst VS BOSS Katana, who will win? Today we analyze the two amps, in depth. Line 6 Catalyst VS BOSS Katana: A Difficult Comparison… At First! Last week we got to…

  • Line 6 Catalyst 100 Review: A Giant Attempt To Catch Up With The Katana?

    Line 6 Catalyst 100 Review: A Giant Attempt To Catch Up With The Katana?

    The Line 6 Catalyst 100 just surprised everyone this week! I think we all know who this amp is trying to compete with, don’t we? Today we take a serious deep dive into the newest Line 6 creation. The Line 6 Catalyst 100: HX Tech Inside? I don’t think that its a secret that we…

  • Best FRFR Guitar Speaker Under $300

    Best FRFR Guitar Speaker Under $300

    If you’re looking for a powerful FRFR guitar speaker but you DON’T want to break the bank, what is the best FRFR Guitar Speaker Under $300 right now? FRFR speakers might not have taken over from practice amps or amp stacks just yet, but they’re growing ever more popular as more and more guitarists turn…

  • The Best Budget Tube Amps: Our #1 Guide For Outstanding PRO Tones!

    The Best Budget Tube Amps: Our #1 Guide For Outstanding PRO Tones!

    Finding the best budget tube amps was difficult, but we managed to get a list together. Let’s take a look at just how far you can stretch your dollar for killer tone! The Best Budget Tube Amps: What Makes Tube Amps So Special? Buying your first tube amp can be a confusing journey. If you…

  • Blackstar Silverline Special Review: The 50 Watt Heavy Hitter!

    Blackstar Silverline Special Review: The 50 Watt Heavy Hitter!

    The Blackstar Silverline Special is an awesome addition to the digital amp lineup. But this amp is nothing like the ID:Core Series. This is next level, and today we take a look at what makes this amp tick. Blackstar Silverline Special: Next level Amp Modeling! Let me be upfront with you, I am a huge…

  • Fender Mustang GTX 100 Review: BEST Versatile Gigging Amp Under $500!

    Fender Mustang GTX 100 Review: BEST Versatile Gigging Amp Under $500!

    The Fender Mustang GTX 100 is not a new amp by any means, but it is often overlooked in the world of modeling amps. Today we take a look at what makes this amp perfect for people that gig regularly. The Fender Mustang GTX 100: Where Have You Been? I can think of a lot…

  • Why The Beatles ONLY Ever Used Vox Amps

    Why The Beatles ONLY Ever Used Vox Amps

    Why did The Beatles only ever use Vox amps? Here’s the inside story on the real reason why The Beatles choose to use Vox amps – and it has nothing to do with guitar tone! Few other bands have as much lore as The Beatles. As one of the greatest and biggest bands to ever walk…

  • Are Line 6 Guitar Amps Bad? Taking A Look In 2021!

    Are Line 6 Guitar Amps Bad? Taking A Look In 2021!

    We know that Line 6 makes some of the best processors on the planet, but are Line 6 guitar amps bad? Today we take a look at the meme, and tell you the truth. Are Line 6 Guitar Amps Bad? The Meme… I cannot think of a single piece of guitar equipment that gets the…

  • How Heavy is The Spark Amp? Let’s Find Out…

    How Heavy is The Spark Amp? Let’s Find Out…

    How much does Positive Grid’s Spark Amp weigh? Here’s everything you need to know… Positive Grid’s Spark Amp pretty much blew the roof off of NAMM when it was first announced. And with good reason too: the Spark Amp has plenty of unique features, loads of cool tones and effects, and best of all you…

  • BEST Amps For Doom Metal: Classic, Modern, and Unorthodox!

    BEST Amps For Doom Metal: Classic, Modern, and Unorthodox!

    Doom Metal is highly specific when it comes to guitar tones but over the past decade many artists have broken the mold. At the same time, many have stuck to tried and true traditions. So what are the best amps for Doom Metal in 2021? The Best Amps For Doom Metal In 2021: We Have…

  • The #1 Best Mini Guitar Amps Money Can Buy in 2021!

    The #1 Best Mini Guitar Amps Money Can Buy in 2021!

    Mini guitar amps have been all the rage over the past few years. These are little amps that can be taken just about anywhere with you. Today we check out our top choices for the best mini guitar amps, and check out all the features! The Best Mini Guitar Amps: Everyone Starts Somewhere… Guitar, for…

  • The Best Guitar Amps Under 100 Bucks: Our Top 5 Affordable Picks!

    The Best Guitar Amps Under 100 Bucks: Our Top 5 Affordable Picks!

    Finding the best guitar amps under 100 bucks can be hard. There are tons of choices out there, and not all of them are particularly good! We Found some of the best that you can get on a budget, and we are going to take a look at them today. The Best Guitar Amps Under…

  • Expensive Amp Simulators: The PRO Solution For Every Studio in 2021!

    Expensive Amp Simulators: The PRO Solution For Every Studio in 2021!

    Any expensive amp simulators can be the all in one solution for your studio, whether at home or in a professional setting. Today we take a look at the sims that may break the bank, but are excellent options for your studio recording needs. Using Expensive Amp Simulators In 2021… We are going to close…

  • The Best Free Amp Simulators For Metal in 2021: Great Tone On A Budget!

    The Best Free Amp Simulators For Metal in 2021: Great Tone On A Budget!

    Anything that usually has the word “free” attached to it comes with a stigma. But these free amp simulators defy that logic, and they are great ways to try out amp sims for the first time. Today we look at the best free amp simulators. Free Amp Simulators: There’s A Lot Out There! It wasn’t…

  • The Best Amp Simulators in 2021: Going Completely Virtual!

    The Best Amp Simulators in 2021: Going Completely Virtual!

    Amp simulators have really come a long way in the last 5 years. What started two decades ago with Line 6 is now commonplace in studios both at home and professional! Today we take a look at the absolute best! Amp Simulators: They Have Come A long Way… In the beginning…there was Line 6. The…

  • The 5 BEST Practice Amps for Beginners: Our #1 Picks For Metal Heads…

    The 5 BEST Practice Amps for Beginners: Our #1 Picks For Metal Heads…

    Do you have a stunning, awe inspiring guitar that you can’t wait to start playing? Well your guitar is only half of the equation. A good practice amp for beginners can not only make you a better player, faster. It’s also essential for shaping your personal sound. Today we check out the best practice amps…

  • Best Lunchbox Amps: 7 Mini-Amps Primed For Metal!

    Best Lunchbox Amps: 7 Mini-Amps Primed For Metal!

    There have been tons of trends in guitar gear over the years. During the past decade or so, it has been all about Amp Sims/Modelers. At least it would seem that way, right?. But Another trend popped up around the same time: Mini Lunchbox Amps! What Is A Lunchbox Amp? So I tried my best…

  • Peavey 5150 Vs. Bugera 6262: A CONTROVERSIAL Showdown…

    Peavey 5150 Vs. Bugera 6262: A CONTROVERSIAL Showdown…

    If you have listened to any modern metal album recorded between 1999 and 2015, it was probably done with a Peavey 5150. The amp, originally designed by Eddie Van Halen, has gone on to be a staple in metal. But what about the more affordable Bugera? Peavey VS Bugera: Let The Showdown Begin… Tube amps…

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