Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal Review

Cost: $49.99 USD new, find your own on or! 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”

Epiphone SG Special VE Review

Cost; $179.99 new, find yours on or! 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”

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”

Dr. J D-55 Aerolite Compressor Pedal Review

Cost: $99.00 new, find one of these awesome pedals HERE 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 parameters toContinue reading “Dr. J D-55 Aerolite Compressor Pedal Review”

DR J Emerald Overdriver Pedal Review

Cost: $99.00 new, find one on 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”