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Guitar Setups
Guitar Setups
The range of available guitars and amps has never been greater than it is today, and a huge variety of sounds are easily accessible.
E-Guitars
E-Guitars
Electric guitars are ten a penny and nowadays there are at least as many models and makers to choose from.
Guitar Amps
Guitar Amps
The following pages give an overview of the various types of guitar amp available.
Acoustic Guitars
Acoustic Guitars
The steel-strung acoustic guitar has a range of sounds that are unmistakeable and not easily replicated with any other type of guitar.
Bass Guitars
Bass Guitars
Here is a overview of the bass and all its component parts, from vintage to modern instruments.
Amp modeling
Amp modeling
Amp modellers are guitar DSP effects units that emulate the sound of a range of amplifiers and speaker cabinets.
Guitar Accessories
Guitar Accessories
We investigate some of the many accessories available for both guitar and bass.
Modulation Effects Pedals
Modulation Effects Pedals
The term 'mod­u­la­tion' in its broadest sense covers a range of sonic effects, from the subtlest chorus to ear-bending ring modulation.
Guitar Strings
Guitar Strings
Without strings, guitars and basses produce no sound, yet most players know very little about them.
Recording E-Guitars
Recording E-Guitars
Our aim is to explain the basic process of recording the electric guitar!
Guitar Amp Heads
Guitar Amp Heads
Though there are other options, the stack remains a rock icon, and is still the most flexible form of guitar amp­li­fic­a­tion.
Classical Guitars
Classical Guitars
Until recently, the classical guitar represented the most popular route into guitar playing.
Guitar Multi FX
Guitar Multi FX
The multi-FX concept has been around in various forms since the mid 80s - It is therefore no surprise that there is a huge range of hardware available.
Acoustic Guitar Amps
Acoustic Guitar Amps
Before buying an acoustic amp, it's important to consider exactly what you want it to do.
Bass Effect Pedals
Bass Effect Pedals
Effects processors designed for use with bass guitars are now more popular than ever.
Distortion Effect Pedals
Distortion Effect Pedals
A classic Ibanez Tubescreamer or Colorsound Tonebender can fetch many times its original price from guitarists in search of the ultimate killer tone and sustain.
Guitar Wireless Systems
Guitar Wireless Systems
It's time for more guitarists to take advantage of the freedom of movement provided and strut their stuff!
Ukulele
Ukulele
Often under­es­tim­ated and thought of only as a holiday instrument, the ukulele is experiencing a revival - and by no means only on Hawaii
Choosing a Beginner's Instr.
Choosing a Beginner's Instr.
The first hurdle though, is to decide on which instrument to learn?
Delay Effect Pedals
Delay Effect Pedals
Delays offer a simple and convenient method of creating a sense of space around your sound.
Mic Preamps
Mic Preamps
Microphone preamps, are analogue devices that will remain important even as most other equipment is superseded by digital alternatives.
Pickups
Pickups
There is nothing mysterious about the basic principles of the electric guitar pickup.
Tuners
Tuners
Modern electronic tuners are generally accurate, reliable and fairly inexpensive.
Reverb Effects
Reverb Effects
Reverb is an essential ingredient in almost all pop and rock music.
Racks & Cases
Racks & Cases
If you take good care of your equipment, your pack it up carefully - and this means getting a proper case!
Wah Pedals
Wah Pedals
It would be fair to say that the development of the wah-wah pedal has been somewhat experimental over the years.
MIDI and Modelling Guitars
MIDI and Modelling Guitars
We delve into the digital technology bridging the gap between guitars and synths in several exciting areas.
Recording Acoustic Guitars
Recording Acoustic Guitars
The acoustic guitar is one of the most frequently recorded instruments in the studio, but it is often recorded poorly.
Bass Pickups
Bass Pickups
E-bass pickups influence the sound of your bass decisively.
Equalisers
Equalisers
EQ is perhaps the least noticed of all types of audio processing, but also the most important.
 
 
 
 
 

Test Reports

MXR Phase 95
MXR Phase 95
Rank #6 in Chorus/ Flanger/ Phaser
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Friedman BE-OD
Friedman BE-OD
Rank #3 in Distortion Pedals
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Marshall Code50 1x12 Combo
Marshall Code50 1x12 Combo
Rank #14 in Modelling Guitar Combos
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IK Multimedia iRig Nano Amp
IK Multimedia iRig Nano Amp
Rank #51 in Battery Operated Amplifiers
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Taylor Academy Series 12E
Taylor Academy Series 12E
Rank #53 in Miscellaneous Western Guitars
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EVH 5150 III LBXII
EVH 5150 III LBXII
Rank #26 in Tube Guitar Heads
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Supro 1310 Tremolo
Supro 1310 Tremolo
Rank #129 in Miscellaneous Guitar Effects
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DigiTech FreqOut
DigiTech FreqOut
Rank #8 in Miscellaneous Guitar Effects
Read review · Read conclusion
Boss AD-2 Acoustic Preamp
Boss AD-2 Acoustic Preamp
Rank #6 in Effects for Acoustic Guitars
Read review · Read conclusion
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the box pro DSP 112 Behringer DeepMind 6 Roland Go Piano tc electronic Flashback 2 Delay JBL LSR 305 White Limited Edition IK Multimedia iRig Pro I/O Gretsch G5420TG Electromatic LTD CAR Behringer DeepMind 12D Boss MS-3 Multi Effects Switcher M-Audio BX8 D3 SPL Crimson 3 Chapman Guitars Ghost Fret Black Blood
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the box pro DSP 112

Active full range loudspeaker Power: 1200 watts, Class D power amp, Speaker assembly: 12 "woofer and 1.35" compression driver, Built-in DSP with 4 presets and low cut, 2 XLR jack inputs, 1 XLR output, Maximum level: 134 dB, Radiation...

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€229
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Behringer DeepMind 6

Behringer DeepMind 6; 6 voice Analogue Synthesizer; 37 semi-weighted full-size keys featuring velocity sensitivity and after-touch; 4 FX Engines powered by tc electronic & Klark Teknik; 12 oscillators - two OSCs and LFOs per voice; selectable 2- or 4-pole low-pass...

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€739
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Roland Go Piano

Roland Go Piano Digital Piano - 61 keys (Ivory Feel and Box-shape Keys with velocity), 128 voices polyphone, bluetooth 4.2, Midi: Conforms to GM2, Sounds: 10 Piano, 7 E-Piano, 7 Organ, 16 Other (incl. Drum Set and SFX Set), multi-effects/chorus/reverb,...

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€299
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tc electronic Flashback 2 Delay

Effect Pedal for Electric Guitar Delay, The new TC MASH technology turns the foot switch into a pressure sensitive expression controller, New Ethereal Delay algorithm, With the Audio Tap function, you can adjust the delay tempo by striking your...

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€185
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JBL LSR 305 White Limited Edition

JBL LSR 305 White Limited Edition, Two-Way Powered Studio Monitor with 5" Woofer, 1" Soft-Dome High Frequency Transducer, 43Hz-24kHz, Class D Power Amp: 41/41W (LF/HF), Max Peak SPL: 108 dB SPL (C-weighted), Magnetic shielding, Level Control, LF trim (+2dB/-2dB), HF...

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€133
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IK Multimedia iRig Pro I/O

Universal audio and MIDI interface for mobile devices and computers Combo XLR input and 6.3 mm jack for microphone-, line-, and instrument signals, High-quality preamp with adjustable gain, High-quality A/D, D/A conversion with up to 24 bit / 96...

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€166
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Gretsch G5420TG Electromatic LTD CAR

Electric Guitar Limited edition, Hollow body single cut, 5-Ply maple body, Body size: 16" (40.64 cm), Maple neck, U-neck profile, Rosewood fretboard, Fretboard radius: 305 mm/12", 22 Medium jumbo frets, Pearloid Neo-Classic Thumbnail inlays, GraphTech NuBone nut: 43 mm,...

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€1,019
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Behringer DeepMind 12D

Behringer DeepMind 12D; 12-voice Analogue Desktop Synthesizer; 4 FX Engines powered by tc electronic & Klark Teknik; 24 oscillators - two OSCs and LFOs per voice; selectable 2- or 4-pole low-pass filter per voice, shared high-pass filter; 8-channel modulation matrix;...

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€949
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Boss MS-3 Multi Effects Switcher

Boss MS-3, effects pedal, Multi Effects Switcher, Pedal board effects loop switcher with 112 built-in effects for guitar & bass including tuner, noise reduction, global equalizer, midi, amp switching, USB connector & editor, controls: Knob 1 to 3, switches: On/Off...

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€444
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M-Audio BX8 D3

M-Audio BX8 D3, Active 2-way near-field reference studio monitor; Tweeter: 1.25 inch (32 mm) 80 W silk dome tweeter; Amplifier: 150 Watt RMS Bi-Amp Class A / B Power Amplifier; Sound pressure (max SPL): 114 dB; Crossover: 1.9 kHz; Other...

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€149
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SPL Crimson 3

USB Audio Interface and Monitor Controller 24 Bit/ 192kHz AD/DA converter, 2 Mic XLR inputs, 2 Hi-Z 6.3 mm jack instrument inputs, 4 Balanced 6.3 mm jack line inputs, 2 Stereo source inputs for speaker source (2x 6.3 mm...

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€715
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Chapman Guitars Ghost Fret Black Blood

Electric Guitar Body: Mahogany, Top: Flamed maple veneer, Neck: Maple, Fretboard: Ebony, Dot fretboard inlays, 22 Frets, Scale: 629 mm (24.75 inches), Pickup: 2 Chapman Primordial Zero humbuckers, Master volume and master tone controls with push/pull function, 3-Way pickup...

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€499
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