Gretsch G5230T Electromatic Jet Review & Demo

An affordable and well furnished single cut from Gretsch has rapidly become a favorite of mine. Cost: $699.99 from Gretschguitars.com, Amazon, or Reverb! Overview & Final Score: 8.3 out of 10 Added to the Electromatic lineup in 2021, the G5230T is bigsby-loaded take on the popular Gretsch Jet design. Featuring a chambered Mahogany body, twoContinue reading “Gretsch G5230T Electromatic Jet Review & Demo”

Caline Brigade: A TS9 and Timmy In One

Caline’s affordable dual gain stage brings transparency and a mid boost to a flexible form factor. Cost: $69.99 from Amazon.com Overview: Despite relying on many sub-$100 pedals for my personal rig, it isn’t often that many Caline pedals pass through my hands. However, once I saw the Brigade, which was released sometime last year, IContinue reading “Caline Brigade: A TS9 and Timmy In One”

Latitude Guitars SE-1819 Review & Demo

The new company, launched by the founder of the EART brand, gets off the ground with an affordable ES-style copy. Cost: $379.99 from Amazon.com Overview & Final Score: 6.1 out of 10 I first got turned onto Latitude Guitars by a Facebook group I stumbled upon one day. I was really quite interested in aContinue reading “Latitude Guitars SE-1819 Review & Demo”

Caline Devilfish Dual Chorus and Delay Review

Caline continues to dominate the affordable pedal marketplace with this functional and fun dual pedal. Cost: $69.99 from Amazon.com Overview: In the world of affordable effects pedals there are few companies with a better reputation than Caline. They tend to have better enclosures, cleaner sounding circuits, and only slightly more expensive price tags than mostContinue reading “Caline Devilfish Dual Chorus and Delay Review”

Squier Affinity Telecaster Deluxe: The Best Cheap Tele Yet?

Fender and Squier’s latest foray into affordable guitars is seemingly another rousing success despite some muddy pickups. Cost: $279.99 from Fender.com, Amazon.com, and Reverb.com! (some affiliate links) Overview & Final Score: 7.4 out of 10 Announced earlier this summer, Squier’s Affinity range has been rapidly expanding to include more and more classic models at budgetContinue reading “Squier Affinity Telecaster Deluxe: The Best Cheap Tele Yet?”

Donner White Tape Stereo Echo Review: $46 Is A Bargain

Control over left and right analog tape echo parameters that will run parallel to each other has never been so accessible. Cost & Overview: $45.99 from Donnerdeal.com In one of the biggest surprises of the year, this $46 Donner tape delay has become one of my absolute favorite guitar pedals. The White Tape is aContinue reading “Donner White Tape Stereo Echo Review: $46 Is A Bargain”

Poison Noises The Crook Overdrive Review & Demo

A Mosfet-style overdrive with flexible EQ controls an additional diode selector sounds pretty sweet to someone who is always struggling with overdriven tones. Overview & Cost: $99.99 from Poisonnoises.com or find your own Reverb.com! Poison Noises is a relatively young pedal company, having only launched as a pedal company in January 2020. However, their previousContinue reading “Poison Noises The Crook Overdrive Review & Demo”

Silvertone Model 1449 Reissue Review and Demo

I’ve wanted access to these reissues for years now, will they live up to my garage rock expectations? Cost: $399.00 from Silvertoneclassic.com, Amazon.com, or Reverb.com! (some affiliate links) Overview & Final Score: 7.8 out of 10 The Silvertone 1449 may be best known as the guitar that came with the amp-in-case purchased from old SearsContinue reading “Silvertone Model 1449 Reissue Review and Demo”

Donner DJC-1000S Guitar Review & Demo

Donner’s newest addition is their take on a thinline Telecaster with dual humbuckers, for only $174. Cost: $173.99 from Donnerdeal.com Overview & Final Score: 6.5 out of 10 It’s been a good while since a Donner product strolled through this website, but I’m quite excited to see them return. My first experience with a DonnerContinue reading “Donner DJC-1000S Guitar Review & Demo”

Silvertone Model 1478 Reissue Review and Demo

A reissue of the classic, small scale offset is finally out in the world, with vintage tremolo arm and all! Cost: $499.00 from Silvertoneclassic.com, Amazon.com, and Reverb.com! (some affiliate links) Overview & Final Score: 7.3 out of 10 I have had my eye on these Silvertone reissues for years now, even though most people onlyContinue reading “Silvertone Model 1478 Reissue Review and Demo”