Chop Shop: Building The BYOC Optical Compressor

Wow... I had originally planned on writing a whole series of posts on my experience building the BYOC OptiComp Optical Compressor –– but the build had so few parts, and was so easy to put together that I think I can cover it all on one shot. Total build time for me was about three hours. In comparison, I spent at least five hours soldering tog…

And The Award For Ugliest Stompbox of 2008 Goes To…

The Ibanez Steve Vai Jemini Distortion Pedal... two channels of overdrive and distortion, each with individual Drive, Tone & Level controls, and all packed into a zinc die-cast chassis decked out to perfectly complement Vai's famously color-challenged JEM guitar. Ibanez is calling this one Vai’s “first Signature Distortion pedal..…

See The Electro-Harmonix Stereo Memory Man With Hazarai In Action

The Myth of the Memory Man, Parts 1 & 2 M. Leonhart is at it again... this time getting deep (and I do mean deep,) into the workings and wonders of the new Electro-Harmonix Stereo Memory Man with Hazarai. A nice in-depth look at what this pedal can do, but definitely not for the faint of heart... …

Video Demo Of The New Electro-Harmonix Micro POG

When Electro-Harmonix announced the release of their new Micro POG effects pedal––essentially a miniaturized version of their incredibly cool POG polyphonic octave generator––I had to wonder how they were going to replicate the original pedal's functionality in such a small configuration. As a dyed-in-the-wool Electro Harmonix fan I came a…

Line 6 Debuts TonePort UX8 – Eight Channel USB Audio Interface

Nice... for the last two years I've been using Line 6 TonePort products to record sound samples here at EGR, and I have to say I've been more than satisfied with the results––not to mention the sheer affordability. Now, hot on the heel of last week's POD X3 announcement, Line 6 has unveiled yet another new addition to their growing catalog of …

REVIEW: Guyatone's ULTRON Optical Auto Wah & ULTREM Optical Tremolo

I'd been in the market for an envelope filter for more than a few months when Godlyke approached me about reviewing their new Guyatone Optical effects pedals... so needless to say I just couldn't resist taking them for a test drive. For those of you who aren't already acquainted with this latest line of effects from Guyatone, the Ultron Auto Wah a…

Line 6 Unveils POD X3 & POD X3 Live Guitar Effects

Well, it was leaked late last month, and the whole thing got kind of overshadowed by the news that Line 6 had developed a new line of hybrid tube/digital-modeling amps with Bogner, but today the company officially unveiled their latest line of POD products––the POD X3 and POD X3 Live. While the two products have entirely different form factors…

Gibson Announces Guitar Of The Week #34 :: Les Paul Standard 50's Neck

Well, Gibson just unveiled what is evidently Guitar Of The Week #34––the Les Paul Standard 50's Neck––and while in my mind it's one of the better looking guitars to come out of this whole year-long series, other than that handsome finish I'm not at all sure what makes it qualify as a custom instrument. Decked out in Gibson's Satin Antique …

Line 6 Goes Small With Pocket POD & TonePort GX

Line 6, makers of what is easily some of the most affordable digital modeling gear available to guitarists today, have released two new products that appear to be aimed squarely at those looking for portable solutions to their signal processing needs. The Pocket POD is an extension of Line 6's popular POD line of digital modeling effects boxes, an…

Video Demonstration Of The New BOSS MICRO BR

Ever since the announcement of BOSS's new MICRO BR digital recorder I've been getting a lot of requests to post more info about this incredibly cool looking guitar gadget. Unfortunately, and rather surprisingly, full specs have been pretty hard to come by. If you're one of those folks who was looking for more information, you should know that Rol…