Spector Performer 4 Bass Review

Cost: $399.99 new or find it cheaper on Reverb Generously lent for review by Jennifer and Corey from the Korg and Spector companies! Overview and Final Score: 7.5 The Spector Performer 4 combines the companies the company’s intelligent design plans and ultra playability with a more traditional PJ tonal palette to create a lightweight, gigContinue reading “Spector Performer 4 Bass Review”

Orangewood Oliver Mahogany Live Acoustic Guitar Review

Cost: $275 new from Reverb This guitar was generously lent for review by Alex from Orangewood Guitars. Overview and Final Score: 8.0 The Oliver Mahogany Live is one of many fantastic and affordable acoustics from Orangewood Guitars. The grand concert sized body features a mahogany top, back, and sides and Fishman Sonitone pickups. The neckContinue reading “Orangewood Oliver Mahogany Live Acoustic Guitar Review”

How Easy are the GFS Kwik-Plug Pickups to Install?

If you’ve ever bought after market pickups, you’ve likely heard of GFS, or Guitarfetish.com’s name brand pickups. These have been a bit of a controversial pickup option in the sense that you either love them or hate them. Many guitar modification gurus claim they are the best pickups dollar for dollar, as they are incrediblyContinue reading “How Easy are the GFS Kwik-Plug Pickups to Install?”

Blackstar Studio 10 6L6 10W 1x12W Review

Cost: $549.99 new, find yours HERE Generously sent for review by Blackstar, huge thanks to Jennifer for the help! How it Works and Final Score: 8.7 The Studio 10 6L6 from Blackstar is a fairly stripped down, affordable tube amp that is the perfect size for bedroom players and small stage players alike. The ampContinue reading “Blackstar Studio 10 6L6 10W 1x12W Review”

Dean Modern 24 Review

Cost: $649.00 new, check Reverb for even lower prices! Generously lent for review thanks to John from Armadillo Enterprises, Dean’s parent company! Overview and Final Score: 7.8 Dean’s Modern 24 is a mixed bag of luxury features and missing parts. While the tones you can get of the guitar are superb, and the playability isContinue reading “Dean Modern 24 Review”

Ammoon Nano Chorus Pedal Review

Cost: $29.99 new but prices may vary on Reverb Gifted to me by my brother and been on my board ever since. How it Works & Final Score: 7.8 If you’re looking for a big sounding chorus pedal that won’t take up a lot of budget or pedalboard space, look no further! The Ammoon ChorusContinue reading “Ammoon Nano Chorus Pedal Review”

Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal Review

Cost: $49.99 USD new, find your own on Amazon.com or Reverb.com! Purchased this pedal recently after realizing I needed a simple, reliable distortion. How it Works and Final Score: 8.7 The Boss DS-1 Distortion is one of the most straightforward and popular pedals of all time. Known best for its punchy, classic rock-style distortion, theContinue reading “Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal Review”

Fender Classic Series ’70s Stratocaster

Cost: $849.99 new, but find it HERE on Reverb This stunning MIM-Strat belongs to my good friend Sam who left it at my house all weekend, thus making it reviewable. Overview and Final Score: 8.1 While we normally stick to new or best-selling instruments to review here at GFI, this guitar has a very robustContinue reading “Fender Classic Series ’70s Stratocaster”

5 Quick Ways to Upgrade a Cheap Stratocaster (Without Soldering)

Recently, we took a look at the uber affordable Glarry GST3, a $60 Stratocaster alternative available online through Amazon.com. While a functional guitar at that price is a great deal, let’s take a look at a few ways we can make the guitar more playable and hopefully better sounding. Without doing any soldering or drillingContinue reading “5 Quick Ways to Upgrade a Cheap Stratocaster (Without Soldering)”

Epiphone SG Special VE Review

Cost; $179.99 new, find yours on Amazon.com or Reverb.com! This lovely black SG Special belongs to my roommate and good friend Erik who kindly lent it for review. Overview and Final Score: 6.4 The Epiphone SG Special VE is the latest in a long line of high quality and affordable SG from the company. TheContinue reading “Epiphone SG Special VE Review”