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10 of the Best New Guitars Released in 2018

FenderFramus and Warwick GuitarsGibsonGuitarsIbanezLP-Style and Single-Cut GuitarsMetal GuitarsNutter GuitarsOffset GuitarsPaul Reed SmithPRSSG-Style GuitarsS-Style and Double-Cut GuitarsStone Wolf GuitarsSuhrT-Style GuitarsUnique-Shaped Guitars+-
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2018 has been a pretty decent year for new guitar releases - with genuinely something exceptional for near enough every variety. Fender released the really cool alternative range of Parallel Universe guitars - including the above Troublemaker Telecaster. And Gibson released the perfectly packaged Les Paul Junior Tribute.

 

We also saw Ibanez, Music Man and PRS further build on their quality reputations - while Music Man concentrated more on its Sterling diffusion range as it was so busy ...

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The Really Useful Sub £100 Guitar Tools and Utilities Gift Guide

Crimson GuitarsEbowErnie BallGear MaintenanceGruv GearGuitar AccessoriesGuitar MaintenanceGuitar ToolsIbanezMusic NomadPlanet WavesPower SuppliesRoadie 2 TunerRoadie TunerTC ElectronicThaliaTrue ToneTunersUtilityWittner+-
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These are all tools, utilities and gadgets that I have and love and use all the time, or are on my wishlist for imminent acquisition. I’ve chosen to stick to the more casual side of guitar maintenance - and have thus excluded things such as fret-rockers and the like. If you want to do full setup, intonation and nuanced maintenance of your guitar you will need some more serious tools than these - these are really just for everyday maintenance, string changes, quick restore, buff and polish...

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20 of the Best Mini Fuzz Pedals - 2018 Update II

Amsterdam CreamBig Muff Style FuzzEl Musica Loco EffectsEWS EffectsFuzzFuzz Face Style FuzzFuzz-Drive and FuzzstortionGated and Velcro FuzzGermanium FuzzIbanezJHS PedalsKO AmpsLovepedalMaestro Style FuzzMalekko Heavy IndustryModulated FuzzMooerMXRMythos PedalsOctave FuzzOddball FuzzOneControlOpAmp FuzzOscillating FuzzPigtronixRainger FXRat Style FuzzSilicon FuzzSuper-Fuzz StyleSviSoundTone Bender Style FuzzZvex+-
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In going through all my various favourite mini Drive and Distortion Pedals, I thought I should round out the exercise by updating my preferred Mini Fuzz list which has grown and evolved over the years. The current number is 20 - with some additions, but also a number swapped out for better alternatives.

 

I haven’t really concentrated on Mini Fuzzes of late for whatever reason, but did put in a recent order with KO Amps for a sort of Skreddy Mayo Big Muff style mini. I’m ...

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20 Favourite Boutique Style Mini Drive and Distortion Pedals

Blues Driver Style OverdriveBoostBoost and OverdriveBrown Sound DistortionDecibelicsDistortionDriveEWS EffectsF-PedalsIbanezKeeley EngineeringKHDKKlone and Transparent OverdriveMarshall Style DistortionMetal DistortionMulti-DriveMXROverdrivePigtronixSuhrTubescreamer Style OverdriveVox Style DistortionWamplerXotic EffectsXvive Audio+-
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So I’ve covered off a large variety of mini Drive and Distortion pedals in these last few features - starting with the 4-Size key enclosure type articles, then Mooer Micro PreAmps, then the older Mooer Minis, and most recently - the OneControl offerings in that area. This article is essentially a collection of the remaining mini drive and distortion pedals I rate from a variety of pedal-builders. They are not all strictly ’Boutique’ but I felt they fit best within that ...

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12 of the Best Compact Tube Screamer-style Pedals

Boost and OverdriveFoxpedalIbanezJHS PedalsKHDKMI EffectsNobelsSeymour DuncanTubescreamer Style OverdriveVFE PedalsWalrus AudioWamplerXotic Effects+-
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There’s been a couple of significant Tube Screamer type releases this year and I’ve discovered a whole load more that I like since I last did this overview. I wrongly had the Super Blues Pro in with my Blues Driver / Bluesbreaker category, and the Xotic BB PreAmp often gets mischaracterized as a Bluesbreaker type where its circuit is really Tube Screamer with Baxandall Hi/Lo Tone Controls.

 

This biggest newby this year is no doubt JHS’s 9-flavour Bonsai - which covers ...

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12 of the Best Analogue Delay Pedals for Your Consideration - 2018 Update

Analog DelayAnalog.ManBossChase Bliss AudioDelayDOD EffectsElectro-HarmonixIbanezJHS PedalsMoog EffectsMXRSeymour DuncanWalrus AudioWay Huge Effects+-
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The original of this is one of my most popular articles - which I’ve decided needs some minor updates for 2018. One pedal is changed, but the rest stand the test of time although another one is sort of discontinued too. I have also adjusted the proportional pedal size in the above image to give a clearer indication of size variances - do note that this is still relatively rough and is intended as a loose approximation only. I may update this article further after Summer Namm, as I am ...

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Comparative Guitar Pedal Acquisition Strategy - 120 Mini Pedal Edition

Boost and OverdriveBuild Your Own CloneBYOCDelayDistortionEWS EffectsFairfield CircuitryF-PedalsFuzzIbanezJHS PedalsKeeley EngineeringKHDKKO AmpsLovepedalMalekko Heavy IndustryModulationMooerMXRMythos PedalsOneControlPigtronixPitchRainger FXReverbSuhrTC ElectronicUtilityXotic EffectsXvive AudioZvex+-
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Apart from one off larger pedals - like the new Origin Effects RevivalDrive, I feel that most of the pedal innovation is occurring at the Mini and Compact pedal sizes. The current ’shrinking’ trend is seeing several classic pedals being brought down to smaller enclosures. In the Mini pedal genre, I feel Xotic and Wampler have a lot to do with the increase in premium quality Mini pedals. Xotic via its trifecta of EP Booster, SL Drive and SP Compressor - of which I have all three in ...

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The Rise in Near Equivalent Mini Guitar Effects Pedals

Big Muff Style FuzzBoostBoost and OverdriveBrown Sound DistortionCompressorDistortionDriveEWS EffectsFuzzFuzz-Drive and FuzzstortionIbanezKeeley EngineeringKHDKKlone and Transparent OverdriveMarshall Style DistortionOverdriveSuhrTubescreamer Style OverdriveUtilityWampler+-
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There is a very apparent trend in pedals at the moment - which sees several makers consolidating some of their offerings into smaller enclosures. As part of this, and what we’re interested in for this articles - is those makers who offer some of their key pedals in different formats. One of the most successful mini pedals of late has been the original Wampler Mini Tumnus whose uptake has been quite incredible really, and which still appears on a significant number of pro pedalboards. I ...

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12 Degrees of Saturation - Overdrive, Fuzz and Distortion Sounds by level of Gain - 2018 Mini Pedal Edition

12 Degrees of SaturationBig Muff Style FuzzBlues Driver Style OverdriveBoostBoost and OverdriveBrown Sound DistortionDistortionDriveDumble Style OverdriveEWS EffectsF-PedalsFuzzFuzz Face Style FuzzFuzz-Drive and FuzzstortionIbanezKHDKKlone and Transparent OverdriveMarshall Style DistortionMetal DistortionMooerMulti-DriveMythos PedalsOCD Style OverdriveOneControlOpAmp FuzzOverdrivePigtronixRat Style FuzzSuhrTubescreamer Style OverdriveWamplerXotic Effects+-
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Following from the recent Compact Format Edition, and my piece on Near Equivalent Mini Pedals - it’s time to set out my preferred Mini Pedal 12 Degrees of Saturation pedal selection. It is somewhat more difficult to complete in some ways as their are overall far less candidates available, and moreover far less quality contenders too. That’s not to say there aren’t some classic Mini Pedals here, but is is quite evident that there is far more choice in the regular compact ...

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15 of the Best Mini Fuzz Pedals - 2018 Edition

Amsterdam CreamBig Muff Style FuzzDeaf AudioEl Musica Loco EffectsEWS EffectsFuzzFuzz Face Style FuzzFuzz-Drive and FuzzstortionGated and Velcro FuzzGermanium FuzzIbanezJHS PedalsKO AmpsLovepedalMalekko Heavy IndustryMooerMythos PedalsOctave FuzzOddball FuzzOneControlOpAmp FuzzOscillating FuzzOutlaw EffectsPigtronixRainger FXRat Style FuzzSilicon FuzzSuper-Fuzz StyleTone Bender Style FuzzZvex+-
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This is a follow-up and extension to my August 16 post from last year. The number of recommended mini pedals has gone up from 9 to 15, and we’ve tried to assign the most relevant type-reference to each pedal - so you get an indication of the kind of tones you might get - of course their are demo videos attached too.

 

I am still a big fan of mini fuzzes, and still on the trail of trying to acquire as many of these as I can. I was surprised to find copies of the discontinued ...

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