MXR Carbon Copy Delay Review

Cost: $149.99, find the right version of this pedal for yourself from or! This pedal was purchased for personal use and review and has long been a staple of my pedal board. How It Works and Final Score: 8.7 Capable of both short and long delay, the Carbon Copy is a must haveContinue reading “MXR Carbon Copy Delay Review”

MXR M-101 Phase 90 Pedal Review

Cost: $79.99 new, purchase your own! This pedal was purchased for review and personal use after learning my idolt, Mick Jones of The Clash, was an avid user. How It Works and Final Score: 9.0 The Phase 90 is one of the simplest and most popular pedals of all time. Found on the pedal boardContinue reading “MXR M-101 Phase 90 Pedal Review”

Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Pedal Review

Cost: $99.99 new, find your own on or! This pedal was purchased to be my main overdrive pedal and it hasn’t left my board since. How It Works and Final Score: 9.2 Maybe the most well known overdrive of all time, the Tube Screamer has stood the test of time due to itsContinue reading “Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer Pedal Review”

Glarry GST3 Electric Guitar Review

Cost: $56.99 new from or! Thanks to Glarry Music for sending this beautiful, affordable instrument over for review! Overview and Final Score: 3.9 Glarry Music’s GST3 is an affordable, Strat-style guitar meant to be an alternative to the thousands of Squier and Yamaha copies sold every year. While the guitar has an unbeatableContinue reading “Glarry GST3 Electric Guitar Review”

A Detailed Look Into Inexpensive Instruments Used by the Pros

As much as you may convince yourself that it takes perfect skill matched with perfect gear to achieve professional level performance, that’s not the whole story. More often than not, the guitar heroes you idolize today practiced, played, or wrote their hits on cheap instruments. In fact, many of today’s modern musicians still rely onContinue reading “A Detailed Look Into Inexpensive Instruments Used by the Pros”

Dr. J D-55 Aerolite Compressor Pedal Review

Cost: $99.00 new, find one of these awesome pedals on Amazon! How it Works and Final Score: 8.3 The Dr. J Aerolite Compressor pedal offers great compression while adding a few new dimensions to your tone such as sustain or boost when used correctly. With 4 knobs and one switch, there are plenty of parametersContinue reading “Dr. J D-55 Aerolite Compressor Pedal Review”

DR J Emerald Overdriver Pedal Review

Cost: $99.00 new, find one on Amazon! How it Works and Final Score: 7.7 For a $99 pedal, this thing sure has a lot of controls, helping give your overdriven tone an injection of variety not normally seen. First off, the two foot switches activate the overdrive itself and then an additional boost feature thatContinue reading “DR J Emerald Overdriver Pedal Review”

Orange Amplifiers Crush 20 Review

Cost: $139.00 new, find yours on or! How it Works and Final Score: 8.6 The Orange Crush 20 is a stripped down and straightforward solid state combo amp. While solid state amps often get a bad rap, most gear snobs will be impressed by the bruising crunch of the dirty channel that reallyContinue reading “Orange Amplifiers Crush 20 Review”

5 Reasons You Should Assemble a DIY Guitar Kit

As someone who always wanted to learn to build guitars, I naturally started by trying to assemble a kit. My first kit ever came from, and was the ES-335/Trini Lopez model pictured in the About page. That guitar proved to be incredibly challenging and trying to wire a semi-hollow body guitar as my firstContinue reading “5 Reasons You Should Assemble a DIY Guitar Kit”

The Coolest Gear from SNAMM ’19

While I didn’t get to be there this year, I kept my out on every last piece of gear announced and marketed and collected a few of my favorites below. These are products I desperately want to get my hands on for reviews and personal use! Fender Announces Squier Starcaster A cult classic, the FenderContinue reading “The Coolest Gear from SNAMM ’19”