• NAMM 2020 Gear Highlights

    The NAMM Show held each January is the biggest event in the gear world, and this year I was able to attend for the first time. For the few days…

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  • Interview: Joe Popp

    The best part of guitar blogging is making friends along the way. I met Joe Popp, a New York City-based pedal maker, by way of his Instagram page. His feed…

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  • Nobels ODR-1 Overdrive

    The ODR-1 Overdrive is a pedal from German manufacturer Nobels. Nobels is not a widely known brand in the USA, but nevertheless the ODR-1 has attained a legendary reputation amongst…

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  • Joyo Bantamp BlueJay

    Joyo BanTamP BlueJay

    The Joyo BanTamP BlueJay is a lunchbox-sized amp head from China’s Joyo. It offers classic clean tones in a tiny, budget-friendly package. The BlueJay is part of Joyo’s BanTamP range…

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  • Boss DS-1 Distortion

    The Boss DS-1 is the most famous guitar pedal in history, and it still kicks ass after 40 years. Read the Var Guitar review here.

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  • JHS Emperor Chorus/Vibrato

    JHS Emperor V2 Chorus/Vibrato

    The JHS Emperor V2 guitar pedal is an analog chorus and vibrato pedal from Kansas City’s premiere pedalsmiths at JHS Pedals. It has an abundance of features, sounds great, and…

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  • Way Huge Swollen Pickle Jumbo Fuzz

    The Way Huge Swollen Pickle is a whole lotta fuzz in a tiny package, but is it right for you? Read this review and find out.

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  • Top view of the Behringer UC200 Ultra Chorus guitar pedal

    Behringer UC200 Ultra Chorus Pedal

    The Behringer UC200 Ultra Chorus is a fantastic chorus pedal available for a fraction of the price of the Boss Super Chorus CH-1 it clones. If you’re looking for a…

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  • 3/4 view of the Boss GT-1 multifx

    Boss GT-1 Guitar Effects Processor

    Boss is the quintessential stompbox company, with a reputation for reliable, quality guitar effects. They’re best known for their iconic standalone effects, but they also make the GT series of…

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  • Boss RV-3

    Boss RV-3 Digital Reverb / Delay

    Earlier this year, I sold my trusty, versatile MXR Reverb. In its place I bought a Boss RV-3 Digital Reverb / Delay, a pedal that’s been out of production for…

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