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Ernie Ball Paradigm Electric Guitar Strings  Can the claims be true — unbreakable?   by Chris Loeffler   It’s not often that there’s something new in the world of guitar strings, so companies tend to lean on elemental alc...
Fender Custom Shop at 30 Years (book)  A visually stunning look at the works of art that come from Fender's legendary Custom Shop by Phil O'Keefe2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the Fender Custom Shop. For those who have been living on Mars f...
Embertone Whiskey Series Mountain Dulcimer Virtual Instrument Sometimes you need a little whiskey with your dulcimer ...   by Chris Loeffler     It’s one of music technology’s great ironies that some of the most simple, rudimen...
Electro Harmonix Blurst modulated filter pedalLFO modulated filtering isn't just for keyboard synths anymore   by Phil O'KeefeIt was the best of times, it was the Blurst of times… Okay, with apologies to Charles Dickens, I had to get that out ...
Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI v2  Taking the direct approach to great bass tones   by Phil O'Keefe       Tech 21's SansAmp line has been hugely popular with musicians. These handy boxes are often considered as direct recording to...
Ernie Ball Paradigm Electric Guitar Strings  Can the claims be true — unbreakable?   by Chris Loeffler   It’s not often that there’s something new in the world of guitar strings, so companies tend to lean on elemental alc...
SuperMegaUltraGroovy - Capo 3 With a company name that cool ... you have to check it out!    by Chris Loeffler     Billed as a tool for “Reverse Engineering Rock and Roll,” Capo 3.5 is a song learning tool that f...
Yamaha Digital Percussion DTX-Multi 12 Everything percussion in a little self-contained box ...   by Dendy Jarrett     If you've read my previous electronic drum gear reviews, then you know I had the unfortunate experience of being forced ...
NAMM Expert PreView - Warm Audio WA-87 And WA-412Professional grade tools are usually expensive, but Warm Audio bucks the trendby Phil O'Keefe The 2017 Winter NAMM convention was quite the show. There was a ton of new gear on display, and the overall vib...
Volume filters for your ears Your ears. For a musician, they are just about the most valuable tool imaginable. They're also one of the most fragile and easily damaged, and if damaged, they're irreplaceable - all of which makes hearing protection an essent...
Peavey XR-AT Mixer with Auto-Tune  Who says pitch correction is a tool of the devil?   by Chris Loeffler   Peavey’s XR series monitors have always represented a solid, mid-level powered mixer solution. They're flexible and simpl...
Elixir Optiweb Nickel-Plated Electric Guitar Strings Like they're not even there ...   by Chris Loeffler   Coated strings can be a polarizing proposition for players; some swear by them and enjoy the slicker feel in addition to the longer ...
Casio Privia PX-160 Digital PianoPowerful, portable piano powerhouse... for your house?   by Phil O'Keefe I'm old enough to remember a time when a lot of people had an acoustic piano in their living room. A piano is great to have around the house, an...
Sound Oracle Percussion Loops Library Dress up your beats with these complex, novel loops   by Craig Anderton     Sound Oracle is the chief sound designer for Timbaland, and his samples have also appeared in productions for Beyonc&eac...
Embertone Sensual Saxophone Sexy and sensual sax app for your iOS device by Phil O'Keefe My earliest musical experiences as a player were with reed instruments, and while I spend more time with guitar, keyboards and bass these days, reeds still hold a sp...
GluBoost GluDry, Fit n' Finish, and MasterGlu Instrument Finish Repair Can this stuff really repair a damaged guitar finish?   by Chris Loeffler   Instrument repairs, like vehicles, are typically something I leave to professionals. The chance of...
PRS Sonzera 50W 1x12 combo amplifierGreat guitars aren't the only thing that PRS makesby Phil O'Keefe PRS. Say those three letters and most guitarists will know exactly who you're referring to, and will be familiar with the company that Paul Reed Smith fo...
Sound Oracle Percussion Loops Library Dress up your beats with these complex, novel loops   by Craig Anderton     Sound Oracle is the chief sound designer for Timbaland, and his samples have also appeared in productions for Beyonc&eac...
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