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  • Melvins “Tarantula Heart” Review: A Sonic Foray 4 Decades & Counting!

    Melvins “Tarantula Heart” Review: A Sonic Foray 4 Decades & Counting!

    The Melvins Tarantula Heart is an album that was not exactly planned, and that might be for the better! Today we explore an unconventional album from a legendary band. Melvins Tarantula Heart: An Album… With A Twist? At this point, a band like the Melvins are literally their own genre. If you play guitar in…

  • Mastodon Hushed and Grim Review: Big, Bold & Epic…

    Mastodon Hushed and Grim Review: Big, Bold & Epic…

    My review of Mastodon’s latest record, Hushed and Grim. Is this the best album Mastodon has produced to date? I’ve been listening to it on repeat since its release date. Let’s find out… Hushed and Grim Review I’m what you’d describe as a “band boomer”. This is a term I have created but I think…

  • Squier Contemporary Telecaster Review: The Metal Monster

    Squier Contemporary Telecaster Review: The Metal Monster

    The Squier Contemporary Telecaster is another great addition to the Contemporary Series made to shred. Here’s my full review of this exceptionally well priced budget shredder Pros Modern features and design not typically offered by Fender outside the Jim Root models. Fender Modern style bridge for easy intonation and string height adjustments. Durable construction with…

  • ReValver 5 Review: The Underdog Amp Sim?

    ReValver 5 Review: The Underdog Amp Sim?

    ReValver 5 is now powered by HeadRush, a product we recommend often. But how does it hold up to other amp sim programs for your home studio?

  • The 25 Most Essential Doom Albums of All Time – 1970 to 2020s

    The 25 Most Essential Doom Albums of All Time – 1970 to 2020s

    Doom. Your mom probably don’t like it but we freakin’ live for the stuff. Here’s ELECTRIKJAM’s picks for the 25 most essential doom albums of ALL TIME… Doom metal, a subgenre that evolved from the heavy metal scene, is known for its slow tempos, thick sound, and an aura of sorrow and dread. It started…

  • Best Ghost Albums Ranked [Best To Worst]

    Best Ghost Albums Ranked [Best To Worst]

    New to Ghost? Not sure where to start? Here’s ELECTRIKJAM’s guide to the best Ghost albums ranked in order of epicness…  Ghost is a pretty big deal these days. The band’s latest album, IMPERA, is now official, picking up where 2018’s Prequelle left off. Thematically, IMPERA is more classic rock than metal. But this is…

  • Fender Player Stratocaster Reviews: Still #1 After All These Years?

    Fender Player Stratocaster Reviews: Still #1 After All These Years?

    The Fender Player Stratocaster is where you start when you want a “real” Fender. But are they still the top choice these days? Let’s take a look at reviews from all around the web, as well as our own two cents! Fender Player Stratocaster: Still The Best Value? Over the years, the “Made In Mexico”…

  • Epiphone Matt Heafy Origins Review: Incredible 6 And 7 String BEASTS!

    Epiphone Matt Heafy Origins Review: Incredible 6 And 7 String BEASTS!

    The Epiphone Matt Heafy Origins Les Paul has hit the market, and there are some significant upgrades over the original! Let’s check out both new models, and go over why they are some of the best value around. Epiphone Matt Heafy Origins: A Gig-Ready Les Paul For Metal? Matt Heafy and Trivium have been big…

  • Baroness “STONE” Review: A Surreal Journey And Giant Creative Leap

    Baroness “STONE” Review: A Surreal Journey And Giant Creative Leap

    We have a lot to say about the most recent album from Baroness, “STONE”. The Georgia natives have made some serious sonic changes, and quite possibly unlocked their full artistic potential…for the sixth time. Baroness: Fond memories & A New Beginning John Baizley founded Baroness in Savannah, Georgia, in 2003. Local/regional punk-hardcore scenes harbored the…

  • Dave Mustaine Signature Kramer Vanguard Review: 3 Models Primed To Shred!

    Dave Mustaine Signature Kramer Vanguard Review: 3 Models Primed To Shred!

    The new Dave Mustaine Signature Vanguard is one of several models the Megadeth guitarist has chose to endorse since his move to Gibson. But how does it compare to the Epiphone models? Is it worth the price tag? Today we check it out! Dave Mustaine Signature Kramer: Old School Cool! It is rare to find…

  • Gibson 80’s Explorer Review: I Wonder Where This Came From?

    Gibson 80’s Explorer Review: I Wonder Where This Came From?

    Gibson has a new CEO, and there have been some minor changes lately. The Gibson 80’s Explorer pulled inspiration from a rather obvious source. Today we look at the inspiration, and the new features these guitars have to offer. Gibson 80’s Explorer: This Was Long Overdue… It seems like Gibson as a brand is a…

  • Is The Spark Amp Worth It? My Thoughts After 2+ Years…

    Is The Spark Amp Worth It? My Thoughts After 2+ Years…

    Positive Grid’s Spark Amp promises to bring together all of the world’s greatest amps and pedals inside one practice amp. But does it work? And, is the Spark Amp worth it? Let’s find out… Transforming your novice guitar skills into something more can be frustrating, especially when your growth feels stunted by subpar equipment. The…

  • Harley Benton DC FAT Guitars Review: Single P90 Greatness!

    Harley Benton DC FAT Guitars Review: Single P90 Greatness!

    The Harley Benton DC FAT guitars have a feature that a lot of guitarists are looking for, a fat ’59 neck! But the stacked pickups also have a few tricks to pull. So what makes these so awesome? Disclaimer/Note Editor’s Note: We just noticed as we published this article that some of these Harley Benton…

  • BIAS FX vs BIAS FX 2 – What’s The Difference?

    BIAS FX vs BIAS FX 2 – What’s The Difference?

    BIAS FX was great but BIAS FX 2 is a different beast altogether – here’s everything you need to know about all the new updates and features… Quick Verdict: The 2 Minute Overview… BIAS FX 2 is a significant improvement over its predecessor, providing better sound quality, improved amp tones, more effects options, enhanced ToneCloud integration,…

  • Schecter Tao Series Review: The John Browne Signature We have ALL Been Waiting For!

    Schecter Tao Series Review: The John Browne Signature We have ALL Been Waiting For!

    The Schecter Tao is the newest signature model, set up to John Browne’s specs From MONUMENTS. We have all been itching to see what Schecter and John were up to, and we finally got the chance! The Schecter Tao: It Has Been A Tease… The band Monuments has been around, and making waves for quite…

  • Schecter CR6 Review: The CR6 is King For Budget Shredding!

    Schecter CR6 Review: The CR6 is King For Budget Shredding!

    The Schecter CR6 may be in budget territory according to price, but it has features of a much more expensive guitar. Today we take a look at this budget shredder, and talk about what makes it a great choice. Schecter CR6: A Best Kept Secret? I looked around on the internet for a while trying…

  • Fender Meteora Player Plus Review: Looks Can Be Deceiving In 2022!

    Fender Meteora Player Plus Review: Looks Can Be Deceiving In 2022!

    The Fender Meteora is the newest in the Player’s Plus lineup, originally spawning from the Pawn Shop Series. Today we take a look at the strengths and weaknesses. The Fender Meteora Some people think that I hate Fender, because I often complain about them. But this is because I have always wanted to love Fender…

  • PRS SE Mark Holcomb Guitars Review: Some Changes In 2023, Same Spirit!

    PRS SE Mark Holcomb Guitars Review: Some Changes In 2023, Same Spirit!

    The new PRS SE Mark Holcomb guitars are very much like the ones that came before them. There have been a few changes, but the core idea has remained the same. So how good are they? NEW PRS SE Mark Holcomb Signature: It Was Update Time! In case you have been living under a rock…

  • Ibanez TOD10 Tim Henson Signature Guitar Review: A Blend Of Classic And Modern

    Ibanez TOD10 Tim Henson Signature Guitar Review: A Blend Of Classic And Modern

    The new Ibanez TOD10 is the second Tim Henson signature electric guitar. But a lot has changed from the original, making this a whole different beast. Today we go over the new features! Ibanez TOD10 Review: An Interesting Hybrid Design… I cannot remember a time that a band has caused so many divided opinions among…

  • Schecter Reaper Elite Series Review: 3 NEW High Spec Shred Machines!

    Schecter Reaper Elite Series Review: 3 NEW High Spec Shred Machines!

    The new Schecter Reaper Elite Series is something that was a long time coming for Schecter. This is a brand new take on an already successful series, so let’s dive in! Schecter Reaper Elite Series: 3 Models, 2 Colors, And New Design! The Schecter Reaper Elite Series is a brand new take on a familiar…

  • Universal Audio Volt 276 Interface Review: The New KING For Recording At Home?

    Universal Audio Volt 276 Interface Review: The New KING For Recording At Home?

    The new Universal Audio Volt 276 might be the best new way to record guitar, or anything else at home! Does this knock the Scarlett out of the #1 Position? Today we talk about the pros and cons! Universal Audio Volt 276 Interface: Next Level Home Performance We talk about recording guitar at home all…

  • Schecter Solo II Supreme Guitar Review: The BEST Single Cut Of 2022?

    Schecter Solo II Supreme Guitar Review: The BEST Single Cut Of 2022?

    The Schecter Solo II Supreme is the newest of the lineup when it comes to the highly praised Solo Series. But what has Schecter added this year to make them so “Supreme”? Today we find out! Schecter Solo II Supreme: Why Is No One Talking About This? If you go over our Schecter guide, you…

  • Schecter Machine Gun Kelly PT Review: Let’s Be 100% REAL Here

    Schecter Machine Gun Kelly PT Review: Let’s Be 100% REAL Here

    The Schecter Machine Gun Kelly PT model has been the subject of ridicule lately. In fact, it has divided the Schecter fan base. Today, we get REAL about this guitar. Schecter Machine Gun Kelly PT: There Are Some Haters… Being a Schecter player, I lurk on all of the forums. The Nick Johnston Models were…

  • New Schecter Jack Fowler Traditional Review: Amazingly NOT So Traditional!

    New Schecter Jack Fowler Traditional Review: Amazingly NOT So Traditional!

    The Schecter Jack Fowler Traditional is the newest signature model in the 2022 lineup. It may look like something you have seen a million times, but looks are very deceiving! Schecter Jack Fowler Traditional: Throwback Or Innovation? The Schecter Jack Fowler Traditional was a bit of a surprise this year. If you are not familiar,…

  • The Harley Benton Standard Series Guitar Reviews: Bare-Bones Budget!

    The Harley Benton Standard Series Guitar Reviews: Bare-Bones Budget!

    We are wrapping up the month with our Harley Benton Standard Series review, taking a look at the amazing deals you can get for under $200. But are they worth it? Harley Benton Standard Series: Best Bang For Your Buck? We have been talking about Harley Benton for the last month, and we are finally…

  • The Top 3 Harley Benton Deluxe Series Guitars Review: Are They Any Good?

    The Top 3 Harley Benton Deluxe Series Guitars Review: Are They Any Good?

    It Looks like the Harley Benton Deluxe Series has some of the best deals around for budget-minded guitarists. But are they worth it? Today we look at the design, quality and shipping process from Thomann! The Harley Benton Deluxe Series Guitars: Budget Icons We have had a blast checking out Harley Benton over the last…

  • Harley Benton EX-84 Modern Guitar Review: EXPLORING This Budget Beast!

    Harley Benton EX-84 Modern Guitar Review: EXPLORING This Budget Beast!

    The Harley Benton EX-84 Modern bears a striking resemblance to a particular guitar that was as famous as the guy that played it! But just how legit is this budget-friendly guitar? Let’s see! Harley Benton EX-84 Modern: Based On A Legend! We have been talking a lot about how much the 80’s is making a…

  • The #1 Budget Guitar Multi Effects Units Reviewed: TONS Of Tones!

    The #1 Budget Guitar Multi Effects Units Reviewed: TONS Of Tones!

    The budget guitar multi effects market has come a long way in the last few years, and not everyone can afford a Helix. These are easy on the wallet and ears! Today we check out some pro-level pedals for the stage and studio. Budget Guitar Multi Effects Pedals: Pro Sounds, Low Price Tag Being a…

  • Charvel Pro Mod DK24 Review: The #1 Guitar For Versatility?

    Charvel Pro Mod DK24 Review: The #1 Guitar For Versatility?

    The Charvel pro Mod DK24 has not been on my radar at all, but since playing one? There is a lot to to talk about! Today we go over the features that make this guitar a serious weapon! Charvel Pro Mod DK24: Where Have I Been? I guess when you’re a guitarist, it can be…

  • The Top 3 Expensive Guitar Strings Reviewed: Is The Hype Worth it?

    The Top 3 Expensive Guitar Strings Reviewed: Is The Hype Worth it?

    Expensive guitar strings make some rather huge claims about tone and durability, but do they actually wok? Today we take a look at the top 3, test them, and talk about the results. Expensive Guitar Strings: Fact Or Fiction? Every hobby or art form seems to have myths and legends. There are always a set…

  • Jim Root Charvel Pro Mod Signature Guitar Review: Simplicity Is The #1 Feature!

    Jim Root Charvel Pro Mod Signature Guitar Review: Simplicity Is The #1 Feature!

    The Jim Root Charvel Pro Mod San Dimas is a return to form for the Slipknot guitarist. Today we check out the features and specs of this hot-rod shred machine. Jim Root Charvel Pro Mod San Dimas: Going Back In Time! The new Jim Root Charvel Pro Mod guitars have been a “hush hush” topic…

  • NUX Mighty Amps Review: 3 AWESOME Models For Beginners!

    NUX Mighty Amps Review: 3 AWESOME Models For Beginners!

    The NUX Mighty amps are a perfect practice buddy for someone who needs a no-nonsense modeling amp with built-in effects! These little guys really rock, at a budget price NUX Mighty Amps: Small Price, Big Sounds! If you have been paying attention over the last few years, NUX has been putting out all kinds of…

  • Schecter Omen Elite 2022 Review: Revamped 6,7 and 8 Strings Ready To Shred!

    Schecter Omen Elite 2022 Review: Revamped 6,7 and 8 Strings Ready To Shred!

    The Schecter Omen Elite 2022 series made some serious changes to the lineup. Today we go over those changes, and talk about the crazy new features! Schecter Omen Elite 2022: It Was Time For A Makeover The Schecter Omen series has always been a great budget-focused lineup that gives you a “taste” of what high…

  • Epiphone Power Players Guitar Review: The PERFECT Beginner Setup?

    Epiphone Power Players Guitar Review: The PERFECT Beginner Setup?

    The Epiphone Power Players series claims to be a “real” guitar for beginners of all sizes. So how do they stack up next to the full-size models? Today we review the two different models and break down the features. Epiphone Power Players SG and Les Paul: Little Shop Of Shred! The new Epiphone Power Players…

  • Cowin Audio E7 vs. Cowin Audio SE8: What’s The Difference?

    Cowin Audio E7 vs. Cowin Audio SE8: What’s The Difference?

    Recording can be a long process, and having studio monitors is always a good idea. Are the Cowin Audio E7 and SE any good for home recording? Let’s find out… Cowin Audio: What Is EQ Reference? Recording with your guitar/band is usually something we all eventually do. If you plan on trying to make it…

  • NEW Blackstar St. James Review: The 1st LIGHTWEIGHT Tube Amp?

    NEW Blackstar St. James Review: The 1st LIGHTWEIGHT Tube Amp?

    The new Blackstar St. James claims to be the lightest tube amp combo on the market, and it comes in two different combos! Today we check their claims, and take it for a spin! The Blackstar St. James: Making Gigs Easier? I remember being maybe 18 or 19 and getting my first “real” tube amp.…

  • BOSS Katana 100 MKII Review: The ULTIMATE 1 Year Review!

    BOSS Katana 100 MKII Review: The ULTIMATE 1 Year Review!

    The BOSS Katana 100 MKII modeling amp has become a staple of many guitarist’s rigs these days. There are so many ways to use it, and today we take a look at all of them. So let’s dive in to everything that makes this a monolith of an amp! BOSS Katana 100 MKII: A Retrospective……

  • NEW Schecter Nick Johnston PT 2022 Review: Vintage Meets AMAZING Innovation!

    NEW Schecter Nick Johnston PT 2022 Review: Vintage Meets AMAZING Innovation!

    The Schecter Nick Johnston PT model just dropped, and we got out hands on one! Do we have more competition for Fender this year? We got to check out the new NJ PT, and it was surprising! Schecter Nick Johnston PT: Finally Released! Schecter is knocking it out of the park this year. The new…

  • Fender Player Telecaster Reviews: All Killer, No Filler?

    Fender Player Telecaster Reviews: All Killer, No Filler?

    The Fender Player Telecaster is one of the most popular and best-selling guitars on the planet right now. But is it worth buying? Let’s take a look at a selection of Fender Player Telecaster reviews to find out… Fender guitars are expensive. You’re looking at the best part of $1200-$2000 for a US-made Fender guitar.…

  • Positive Grid Spark Mini Reviews: Is It 100% Legit?

    Positive Grid Spark Mini Reviews: Is It 100% Legit?

    Positive Grid’s Spark Amp was a huge, divisive success for the company. But now there’s a smaller, more portable model available. Is the Spark Mini any good? Let’s check out the reviews to find out… The original Spark Amp was one of the most successful product releases in recent history in the guitar world. It…

  • NEW Schecter Rob Scallon Guitars Review: In 6,7, AND 8 String Configurations!

    NEW Schecter Rob Scallon Guitars Review: In 6,7, AND 8 String Configurations!

    These new Schecter Rob Scallon guitars were teased during the “Biggest Shred Collab 2021”. Well it looks like they are finally here! Let’s take a look at all 3 of them! Schecter Rob Scallon C-1 Guitars: Finally Here! We are Schecter enthusiasts here at Electrikjam. For one, I am exclusively a Schecter player and hopefully…

  • Positive Grid RIFF Review: A Crazy New Way To Record ANYWHERE!

    Positive Grid RIFF Review: A Crazy New Way To Record ANYWHERE!

    The Positive Grid RIFF is a brand new way to record practically anywhere. But how does it work and what does it come with? Today we break it down. Positive Grid RIFF: Making Recording Easy? I have a good friend that recently decided to set up his home computer to record using amp sims, and…

  • Meshuggah IMMUTABLE Review: Djently Does It…

    Meshuggah IMMUTABLE Review: Djently Does It…

    Here’s my review of Meshuggah’s new album IMMUTABLE, a killer record from one of the best and most iconic and experimental metal bands on the planet. Meshuggah has been caving people’s heads in for three decades, and its latest album shows no signs of the band letting up. I first “got into” Meshuggah back in…

  • Yamaha Revstar Standard Review: Amazing New Additions To The Gorgeous Lineup!

    Yamaha Revstar Standard Review: Amazing New Additions To The Gorgeous Lineup!

    The new Yamaha Revstar Standard comes in two different variations, and today we take a look at both! How do they stack up to the Element Series? Yamaha Revstar Standard: Two New Amazing Models! Last week we took a look at the Revstar Element Series which is a budget version of the Revstar. I went…

  • Ghost IMPERA Review: The Classic Rock Album

    Ghost IMPERA Review: The Classic Rock Album

    Ghost is never static. It doesn’t do one thing and then run with it. Each successive album is different from the last. But how does its latest album, IMPERA, stack up against classics like Meliora? Ghost has changed quite a bit since it first exploded onto the global music scene back in 2014. Fronted by…

  • BOSS GX 100 Review: The Amazingly Affordable All In One Processor!

    BOSS GX 100 Review: The Amazingly Affordable All In One Processor!

    BOSS knows how to make effects, we know that. Their budget Multi-FX units were always second fiddle to other brands. Things are definitely changing with the BOSS GX 100! The BOSS GX 100: It Has Been A Long Time Coming… The world of amp sims has definitely come a long way in the last few…

  • Yamaha Revstar Element Review: Incredible New Models For 2022!

    Yamaha Revstar Element Review: Incredible New Models For 2022!

    The Yamaha Revstar Element series is the newest in a large lineup of really great budget guitars. So how do they stack up against the more expensive older models? Today we take a look. Yamaha Revstar Element: An Updated Legacy When it comes to budget guitars, Yamaha has been knocking it out of the park…

  • The Best Celestion Speakers: The #1 Way To Enhance Your Tone!

    The Best Celestion Speakers: The #1 Way To Enhance Your Tone!

    If you have a problem with your current speakers, or if you just need a change, Celestion Speakers have been tried and true. Today we take a look at the best models for changing up your tone. Celestion Speakers: A Little History… Lately, we have been talking about how easy it is to replace your…

  • PRS SE Silver Sky Review: The Most Anticipated Release Of 2022!

    PRS SE Silver Sky Review: The Most Anticipated Release Of 2022!

    The PRS SE Silver Sky is the most talked about guitar release right now. It seems like every YouTube video is about this guitar. I got to play one this week at a local dealer. Is it worth the hype? The PRS SE Silver Sky: It Is Finally Here! Let’s get something out of the…

  • Ibanez AZ Essentials 2022 Review: The Perfect Beginner/Intermediate Guitar?

    Ibanez AZ Essentials 2022 Review: The Perfect Beginner/Intermediate Guitar?

    The Ibanez AZ Essentials guitars were designed to be the best you can get when it comes to affordable beginner instruments. Today we take a look at all of the features that make it worth the extra money. Ibanez AZ Essentials: The Perfect Step Up? It is really hard to think of Ibanez as anything…

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