REVIEW: Martin's Gorgeous 000-18 Golden Era 1937 Sunburst

I'm going to break away from the electric side of things today and talk about a guitar that's grown near and dear to my heart –– Martin's 000-18 Golden Era 1937 Sunburst. This is my current acoustic guitar of choice (I purchased one at the beginning of 2009,) and to be honest, I don't see myself switching to anything else in the foreseeable fu…

REVIEW: Seymour Duncan's Twin Tube Classic Overdrive

It's the holy grail of the armchair guitar-god isn't it? –– an overdrive pedal capable of producing searing, creamy, tube-driven distortion reminiscent of the great classic amp heads, but at a reasonable price-point and with a small footprint. Add in a dose of seriously sturdy construction, dual overdrive channels, military-grade vacuum tubes,…

REVIEW: Fender Limited Edition “Thin Skin” '62 Stratocaster

Model Fender Limited Edition “Thin Skin” '62 Stratocaster Re-Issue Intro As long-time readers of this blog may remember, in early 2007 I began a “Quest For The Perfect Strat,” with the sole intention of digging up the best combination of playability, affordability, looks, and tone that Fender had to offer in the way of vintage-style Stra…

First Impressions: Gibson's ‘67 SG Special Reissue w/P-90’s

Intro OK, I know I promised photos, but so far I haven't had a chance to take anything decent... still, I wanted to give you my first impressions since receiving my latest toy––Gibson's Guitar Of The Week #37. First off, while you should never judge a book by its cover, or a guitar by its finish, I have to say that the ‘67 SG Special Reissue…

REVIEW: Peavey Windsor Studio Class A Tube Amp

Well, I have to send out a huge Thank You to EGR reader Jarrod Perkins, who was kind enough to submit the following review of Peavey's new Windsor Studio Class A 15-watt tube amp. Peavey's entire Windsor line continues to garner great reviews, and I'm happy to see that Jarrod's experience was no exception––with boutique Class A's running in th…

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…

REVIEW: Fender American Vintage '62 Stratocaster Re-Issue

Model Fender American Vintage '62 Stratocaster Intro The American Vintage '62 Stratocaster is a reissue of Fender's now classic and highly sought after '62 Strat––one of the true watershed instruments in Fender's illustrious arsenal of six-strings. Comfort-contoured, with a traditional Alder body, and Maple neck––not to mention an old-sc…

REVIEW: The Phaseomatic Deluxe – Effectrode's All-Tube Phase Shifter

Model Effectrode Phaseomatic Deluxe Intro The Phaseomatic Deluxe is boutique effects company Effectrode's handsome new photo-optical vacuum tube phase shifter. Like something straight out of an old Sci-Fi film, this imposingly sturdy little stomp-box features the kind of retro-50's styling that would look right at home perched on top of your gr…

REVIEW: Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster

Model Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster Intro The long awaited Eric Johnson Stratocaster was introduced in January of 2005, and has received accolades across the board ever since. Walk into your local music store, take one off the rack, and you'll quickly see why. Simply put, the guitar is beautifully built, with all the vintage vibe and traditio…

REVIEW: Fender Highway One Stratocaster ('06 Upgrade)

Model Fender Highway One Stratocaster Intro Introduced in July of 2006, the upgraded Highway One Stratocaster is Fender's least expensive American Made Strat, and as such has been highly touted as the obvious answer for those guitar players longing for American Made quality at a reasonable price. The guitar sports some nice amenities––inclu…