My Least Favorite Guitars I’ve Ever Reviewed

Not to be confused with the worst guitars I’ve reviewed, instead the ones that didn’t inspire me regardless of quality. This list is a reflection of instruments I just never connected with, even if they are objectively good, well made, popular, or a great value deal. They may have flaws, they may be flawless, itContinue reading “My Least Favorite Guitars I’ve Ever Reviewed”

What Happened To Howl Guitars?

Howl Guitars released one of my all time favorite guitars and then disappeared. The Howl Sirena 3 was an all time great killer. Made in Korea, this was a high end import guitar that felt and played like a boutique instrument, but cost under $1000. My reviews of the instrument were glowing, and it hasContinue reading “What Happened To Howl Guitars?”

2021 Guitar Ranks: Everything We Reviewed This Year

While 2021 had a few less guitar reviews than we hoped, it did not lack in quality at all! All I can say about 2021 is; you could really feel the long term impacts of the pandemic’s impact on the supply chain. Despite being a moderately well known reviewer at best (and that is generous),Continue reading “2021 Guitar Ranks: Everything We Reviewed This Year”

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, Sweetwater.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 atContinue reading “Squier Affinity Telecaster Deluxe: The Best Cheap Tele Yet?”

Epiphone Joe Bonamassa Black Beauty Les Paul Review

Will Epiphone’s latest collaboration with the popular blues man impress or leave me turning back to the sea of LPs out there? Cost: $799.00 from Reverb.com Overview & Final Score: 8 out of 10 Another year, another Joe Bonamassa and Epiphone collaboration! While this partnership may not be on the cutting edge of things, theyContinue reading “Epiphone Joe Bonamassa Black Beauty Les Paul Review”

Epiphone Les Paul Modern Electric Guitar Review

Will the budget version of the Les Paul Modern surprise me and outcompete a Gibson? Cost: $649.00, find out more on Sweetwater, Epiphone.com or find one on Reverb.com! For our European friend, find your own from Thomann! Check out my “60 Second Guitar Review” of this awesome Epiphone for Ultimate-Guitar.com! Overview & Final Score: 8.8Continue reading “Epiphone Les Paul Modern Electric Guitar Review”

Gibson Les Paul Studio 2020 Guitar Review

Will Gibson’s newest Les Paul stand up to our strict standards? Cost: $1499.00, find yours on Reverb.com or Sweetwater and learn more on Gibson.com Overview & Final Score: 8.6 Well the day has finally come where Gibson has sent me a guitar to review. Quick personal tangent, this guitar really makes me feel like IContinue reading “Gibson Les Paul Studio 2020 Guitar Review”

Harmony Jupiter Electric Guitar Review

The newly revived Harmony brand unveiled this Stratotone-like remake last year to great fan fare, but will it hold up to our strict standards? Cost: $1299.00, learn more here or find your own on Reverb.com! Check out my UG “shot” where I share some sounds and thoughts on the Jupiter! Another huge thanks to BenContinue reading “Harmony Jupiter Electric Guitar Review”

Gibson Launches Virtual Guitar Tech Service & I Got To Test It Out

If you were worried about getting work done on your guitars while on lockdown, Gibson has got your back. For proud owners of Epiphone and Gibson guitars, the company has launched a 100% free Virtual Guitar Tech Service where you can sign up for specific times to meet one on one with a professional GibsonContinue reading “Gibson Launches Virtual Guitar Tech Service & I Got To Test It Out”

Did Gibson Actually Get This New Epiphone Line Right?

I usually bash Gibson, but this is a big step in the right direction! Now I have spent the better part of my journalism career criticizing Gibson here or at Ultimate-Guitar.com. And while their PR disasters don’t need any more bashing, I also was always struck by their misuse or mismanagement of their Epiphone line.Continue reading “Did Gibson Actually Get This New Epiphone Line Right?”