1. Fender Pawn Shop Mustang Bass Review

    Fender Pawn Shop Mustang Bass Review
    Pawn Shop Mustang Bass @ $ 799.99 Way back in the early ‘70s during the peak of Fender’s creativity, this unique little one-off bass found its way to the real world sporting one single coil pickup, a short scale (30” to be exact) and a nice flashy racing stripe to round it out. Now thanks to the Pawn Shop series, it’s back. For those of you unaware of Fender’s highly touted Pawn Shop series of electrics, think of them of dream mash-ups that take classic yet rare models and combine them with features from others in order to make guitars that are uniquely their own. Want a Stratocaster with Telecaster neck along with a double set of humbuckers? What about a Jaguar WITHOUT the confusing control layout? They’ve got you covered – and those two are pretty simple compared to some of the more daring combinations the Pawn Shop line has available. Fender themselves describe the line as “guitars that never were but should have been,” taking some of “most audacious” guitar concepts from the mid ‘60s through mid ‘70s to create sometime completely new, albeit with enough modern sensibility and technology to rock out with the best of them. And from my own experience with the brand, they aren’t kidding!   Continue reading →
  2. MXR M152 Micro Flanger Review

    MXR M152 Micro Flanger Review
    [caption id="attachment_2232" align="alignright" width="300"]m152 MXR M152 Micro Flanger Pedal @ $88.99[/caption] In the world of music, a guitar player’s tone is only as limited as his imagination – or his wallet. With the benefits of material progression and the sheer amount of leeway we are afforded thanks to the digital revolution, effects that were once a product of meticulous in-studio-only manipulations can now be used live with the simple stomp of a switch. Delay for example was originally a studio trick in which the effect was achieved by using tape loops and improvising on reel-to-reel magnetic recording systems. By shortening or lengthening the loop of tape and adjusting the read and write heads, the nature of the delayed echo could be controlled. Flanger on the other hand – which can be heard on such classic songs such as Heart’s “Barracuda” and Van Halen’s “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love” – was created by recording a track on two synchronized tapes and periodically slowing one tape by pressing the edge of its reel known as the “flange.” Many describe this as a “jet plane” or “spaceship” sound. Anyways, what was once relegated as strictly in-studio is now yours for the taking thanks to the massive amount of guitar effects pedals around today and since we are speaking of the flanger in particular, especially for those unfamiliar with the effect, why not try out the MXR Micro Flanger? Overall, the pedal’s straight forward and easy-to-use controls make it a perfect addition for those looking for an inexpensive but solid entry into the sound of the flanger as well as a great purchase for those veterans out there looking for a reliable addition to their effects chain. Read on and find out what the MXR Micro Flanger is all about. Continue reading →
  3. Gretsch G9500 Jim Dandy Acoustic Guitar Review

    [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="200"] Gretsch G9500 Jim Dandy @ $149[/caption] If there's one section of the acoustic guitar market that could definitely use a nice dose of bolstering, its most definitely the entry level range. Luckily for all of us out there looking for a solid acoustic that won't thin out that wallet, Gretsch has the created the G9500 Jim Dandy as part of their Roots Collection. This line swaps Gretsch's tried and true sharp, classic '50s Americana feel for a more grassroots, home-town country look consisting of acoustics, mandolins, resonators and other folk-minded instruments. And it comes as no surprise that this new line happens to coincide at a time when these roots instruments are enjoying a new resurgence in popular music. Miniature acoustics, like the G9500 Jim Dandy in particular, are attracting players looking for some Delta blues and old-school country tones, but is this $150 guitar worth the cash? The G9500 Jim Dandy acoustic specifically pays homage to the long forgotten line of Rex-Branded guitars that were produced by Gretsch during the 20s and 30s. Much like many of the acoustics produced by Stella, Gibson and Martin – not to mention all of those notoriously cheap models sold through Montgomery Ward catalogues along with Sears & Roebuck – Rex instruments helped quell the overwhelming dominance of banjos in popular music at the time. Continue reading →
  4. Schecter Omen 6 Electric Guitar Review

    Schecter Omen 6 Electric Guitar Review
    Omen 6 WhiteSchecter’s Omen 6 electric is looking to prove that with careful engineering and precise attention to detail, future shredders can get their hands on a very capable and full-sized guitar at the price of a “junior.” With its sleek carved top basswood body, 24-fret bolt-on Maple neck with a Rosewood fretboard and two Diamond humbuckers, it's sure to be a signal that great sound quality and a beautiful yet economical design can actually go hand-in-hand.  You can tell that Schecter spent a good amount of time carefully choosing the Omen 6’s features. There’s little missing as far as core aspects go which makes the Omen 6 a full-featured guitar for a musician that plays the music style that this instrument is primary built for – metal, in case you’re wondering. When I first inspected the Omen 6 and played around with it for a bit, I was impressed with how well it was set up. The Omen 6 has always been made in Korea but the setup is actually done in the U.S. and it shows. The action was great and the machinery kept everything in tune about 90% of the time thanks to the great hardware pieces it has built in. It was ready to play right out of the box! Continue reading →
  5. TC Electronic RH450 Bass Amp Head Review

    TC Electronic RH450 Bass Amp Head Review
    TC ELECTRONIC RH450 The TC Electronic RH450 bass amplifier head is the company's first full bass rig and from the looks of it, they’re starting off on the right foot. The RH450 comes packing 450 watts of Class-D power and is potent enough to run multiple bass speaker cabinets, especially those made by TC Electronic themselves – naturally –...