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Review: Dunlop Fuzz Face Mini Fuzz

Often credited as being one of the very first distortion pedals in history, the Dunlop Fuzz Face has been a revered pedal ever since its creation in the ’60s. Dunlop’s newly designed Fuzz Face Mini range brings all of what

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The Best Distortion Pedals

Distortion is such a widely used effect that practically every single pedal manufacturer produces at least three different kinds.  Useful for every genre from country to metal, no guitarist’s rig could ever be considered complete without one.  While there are

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Review: MXR Phase 90 (‘Block Logo’) Phaser

Phase is one of the lesser used effects nowadays. Heard a lot throughout the ’80s and early ’90s, it brings an unusual angle to the tone of the guitar and can liven up pretty much any sound at the click

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Review: Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi Distortion Pedal

Back in ’69, the Electro-Harmonix guys hit on something huge when they developed their first Big Muff prototypes. Based on the concept of long sustain with creamy distortion – a ‘violin’ tone – some of the very first units were

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Review: Boss CS-3 Compressor Sustainer Pedal

Another popular pedal from one of the most well-known manufacturers ever; this time is the Boss CS-3 compressor / sustainer pedal. The CS-3 is the latest model of Boss’ famous CS compressor line, and while it shares both the colour

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Review: Ibanez Tube Screamer Overdrive (TS808 Reissue)

When Ibanez released the tube screamer guitar overdrive pedal, I bet they never would have thought that it would eventually become one of the most revered overdrives of all time. Used by a great number of professional players over the

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Review: Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal

Distortion is one of the most popular effects for electric guitar players, and a necessity for anyone who wants to play rock, metal and heavier blues rock. It takes the clean tone of your guitar and clips the signal in

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Bring the Noise: Amp Overdrive or Effects Pedals

Rock music is one of those genres which benefits a lot from a good distorted tone, whether it’s rhythm guitar riffs or in-your-face all out soloing, cleans are just not strong enough for this style. That being said though, not

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Amplification Part 2: Pre Amp and Power Amp

As touched upon in part one of my guitar amplification guide, one important thing to understand about guitar amps is the difference between the pre amp and power amp stages. A good understanding of the stages of an amp will

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Pedals Guide Part 1: Overdrive and Distortion Pedals

Before getting into reviewing and writing about my personal experiences with specific pedals and amps, I thought it might be a good idea to write in general about different kinds of effects for guitar, the ways in which they can

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