REVIEW: Gibson's Classic ES-335 Hollowbody

Truly 'Singing' Tone & Sustain Gibson's incredible ES-335 was first introduced to the world in 1958 as a guitar to bridge the gap between the popular hollowbody instruments of the day, and the newer, more streamlined solidbody models. It was apparently a stroke of genius on Gibson's part, because the ES-335 has gone on to become one of the mos…

REVIEW: Dunlop's Rotovibe Expression Pedal

Rotating Speaker Effects... Without The Speaker Way back in the day, when I couldn't even begin to consider buying something as expensive and cool as Fender's Custom Vibrolux guitar amp, I searched and searched for an alternative way to get that cool “Vibrato” sound, and was lucky enough to stumble upon the Dunlop RotoVibe. Of course, at that …

REVIEW: Yamaha's CG171SF Flamenco Guitar

Excellent Tone & Playability While we're on the subject of Flamenco, I thought I'd take a few moments to review an instrument that has to be one of the best deals going around in nylon-string guitars – Yamaha's gorgeous, great-sounding, and cost effective CG171SF Flamenco guitar. Being a bit manic about authenticity, I was absolutely convinced g…

REVIEW: Fender's Reissue Blues Deluxe

Vintage Tweed Sound & Style Much to their credit, when the demand for vintage-style sound equipment began to ramp-up again during the early 1990s, Fender was right there on top of it -- they released their new, but decidedly retro-cool “Tweed” series of all-tube amplifiers in 1993 and I was lucky enough to purchase one at a guitar show that…

REVIEW: Fender's '65 Twin Reverb Reissue

This One Just Kicks! OK, I thought I'd switch things up a bit today and talk about one of my all time favorite guitar amplifiers, Fender's legendary and truly iconic '65 Twin Reverb. For the old-school, all-tube purist (like me, and apparently like many of you) the fact that Fender continues to produce these beauties is a godsend – the Twin is a …