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Gear Review: Vick Audio Mount Pleasant Overdrive Pedal

Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” and glam-rock group Cinderella’s “Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)” are songs about not appreciating what life gives you until it’s no longer available. Vick Audio—along with other pedal lovers—had similar feelings for the short-lived Blues Breaker pedal by Marshall.The pedal was a bulky, almost too-subtle overdrive that captured the sound of the early... …

Gear Review: Durango Guitar Works Iron Horse

It’s been over 30 years since we’ve had a guitar-themed movie like 1986’s Crossroads. I’ve got a pitch; a man living through a midlife crisis goes to the NAMM show in hopes of finding his dream guitar. After leaving empty-handed while on the long drive home he decides to start his own guitar company.That’s the story of Durango Guitar Works. The dream guitar is now the Iron Horse. What’s so... …

Gear Review: Dood Guitars Mandy

“Dude, I got a Dood!” Not going to lie, I’m a sucker for a cool name. Dood Craft Guitars isn’t just a name though. Small batches of guitars hand assembled in Chula Vista, California for around $350 by one guy with a motto of “No More Boring Guitars” is also an attention grabber.The Mandy is builder Capt. James Nelson’s most popular creation. The surf-inspired 6-string has some well-thought-out... …

Gear Review: Minarik Guitars Inferno

Even Jimi Hendrix had to dial back his stage presence while backing up Little Richard. However, if you need all eyes on you, I’ve got the answer right here: the Inferno by Minarik Guitars.Sure, it’s the most attention-grabbing, extroverted guitar you’ve ever seen, but there’s a method behind the madness. Each flame is mathematically plotted to boost specific frequencies of the guitar. Along... …

Gear Review: Fret-King Elise GG MKII Guitar

There’s something special about having an acoustic guitar rattle your entire midsection when you strum a chord. Why should we lose that connection when we play an electric guitar?Gibson was the first to offer this two-fer in 1938 with the birth of the ES line. Since then, Gibson and many others have refined the semi-hollowbody electric. Today we're checking out a fine specimen—the Elise GG MKII... …

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