Electro Harmonix 360 Nano Looper Pedal

I’ve spent years chopping up and looping wav files on pro tools/logic, so I though I’d have a play with this pedal. It essentially gives one that chopping facility on the bounce – record a part, loop it, overdub, repeat… The recorded quality of the loops is excellent, and the doesn’t appear to be any […]

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Korg Pandora Stomp

I’ve had a few of the various Pandora models over the years and always found them to be great value.  They always seemed to have some immediately workable tones, portability was great and the instant rhythm track was a handy addition for quick practice. Now I’m not sure if what’s happened with this new Pandora […]

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Zoom Powerdrive PD-01

This 90’s Japanese pedal is somewhat rare and highly thought of. A simple transparent overdrive, it excels at making your existing tone better. The controls are familiar; high, low, drive and level. What’s immediately different to a standard overdrive is the gain dial only breaks the signal up at the very top end of the […]

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1991 Squier by Fender Telecaster | Made in Japan

Excellent example of the revered 80s/90s Japanese Squier range. The finishing quality is head and shoulders above anything within the price range (think £200 to £500 second hand). This particular model had a comfortable one piece maple neck, with the silver Squier logo and “made in Japan” on the headstock. The lacquer had worn away […]

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2012 Epiphone Nighthawk Custom Reissue 

An incredibly impressive instrument for the money, the NCR offers loads more tonal options (than usual for a Gibson design) and is quite a head turner too. Occupying an odd middle ground inbetween a Les Paul and an SG in more ways than one; the slimmer than LP body is comfortable for extended periods of […]

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Ibanez S570 Project

I loved the look of these Ibanez S-Series guitars in my teens, but only acquired my first one some 20 years later. You know what you’re getting with these guitars; flat wide and thin necks, perfect for shredding. The slimline body is well weighted, in that it sits nice and light, but unlike a Gibson […]

1997 Jackson Performer Japan

1997 Jackson Performer Made In Japan

Nice late 90’s Japanese made Performer series Jackson, with a light flame top. After a set up and service it played pretty well, as is usual of these guitars. Their slim necks and flat profile fingerboards make shredding a breeze and this particular one did everything expected of it. Everything on it was as factory, although it […]

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Wampler Plexi Drive Mk I

Critically acclaimed pedal that left me completely cold. Unimpressive, thin sounding overdrive that’s pretty much un-usable..unless you want a shit, thin sounding overdrive. Zero from me I’m afraid, moved it on quickly.

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2004 Gibson Les Paul Standard

Breathtaking flame maple top on this one. The colours and depth in the grain/finish are really exceptional. The maple truly dances in the light, drastically changing the guitar’s appearance depending on the viewing angle.   It came by these ends with a problem high e string, namely a metallic buzz up and down the board. […]

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1985 Fender Stratocaster Made In Japan

Well cared for example of an 80’s Japanese Stratocaster in candy red.   Barely played, with no fret wear and not a bump or scratch in sight. The highly lacquered maple neck is chunky, certainly vintage flavoured. It’s completely as factory apart from the replacement pearloid scratchplate.       It looks, plays and sounds like a well […]

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Schecter Dream Machine Super Strat

A mate asked me to set this up with a lower action, and it was a real pleasure to have it in the house for a week. Very well made instrument, certainly a player’s Strat. The one piece birds eye maple neck had a un-Fender like flat fingerboard radius, brass nut and chunky frets.     […]