Category: Reviews

The New SBS Guitars from GFS! Radical Looks for Cool Prices

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It’s the new SBS brand of guitars from GFS. Steve Brown Sound is the name here and that’s because this brand is the brain child of TRIXTER guitarist Steve Brown. Who else would be the prefect guy to bring an 80s shred guitar into the modern day. Featuring an alder body, roasted maple neck and fretboard, Floyd Rose bridge, super hot humbuckers with coil splitting, and looks that demand your attention and would be right at home in 1989… this is going to be the new, obvious choice for an affordable 80s shred guitar.

 


Add A SUSTAINER SYSTEM to ANY GUITAR

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Whether it’s a Sustainiac, or Fernandes system, or something else, I love the sustainer systems for electric guitars. The give unique sounds and abilities that you can’t typically get any other way. BUT the issue has always been finding a guitar with one of these installed. Now there’s a company that will custom build one of these systems for any guitar! Veyz Sustainer. And it’s not even expensive! Let’s check this out.


Compact and Crystal Clear Sound… NU-X Guitar Wireless System

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I’ve checked out amps from NU-X in the past, but never tried one of their stand-alone guitar wireless systems. This one is super compact and solves the limited battery life issue with a super cool charging case! I got zero interference during my testing for nothing but crystal clear sound. Of course I’m using my Harley Benton Guitar MAX Fusion signature guitar for the test!

 

 


First Look at the Music Man Sterling SR50 Stingray!

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From Sterling / Music Man, this SR50 Sting Ray combines classic looks, solid quality and affordability. How have I missed out on this brand?? The Firemist Silver finish is classy, and the little details like locking tuners and polished chrome switchplate help set this guitar apart from other mid-range price electric guitars. Let’s check it out.

 


Demo / Tutorial: Dragonfire Screamers Swapped Into The Chibson!

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In keeping with the low-budget build theme, in this video we swap in a set of Dragonfire Screamers, in place of the stock, non-wax potted pickups that were originally in the $170 Chibson Les Paul. The results are astounding! This bargain priced ($35) set of pickups really wakes up this fake LP and provides a noticeable increase in bottom-end thickness as well as a night and day difference in feedback control.

This video has not only a review and demo but an install tutorial as well!

 

You get get the pickups here!


GEAR DEMO – The Cheapest and Best Looper Pedal!

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The cheapest looper pedal on the market is the Ammoon Nano Looper. Despite its price, it’s a quality little pedal that ranks high in usability. Check out the features and sound quality in my latest demo and review!

 


GEAR DEMO – 12$ Pickups! Upgrading the Ammoon Strat

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With the Ammoon strat clocking in at only $47, we can afford to spend a few bucks on upgrades! Fortunately, through the magic of Ebay, we only need to spend around $24 to upgrade the pickups to a pair of blistering Dual Rail, single-coil spaced pieces. With these new pups transferring the tone, this thing absolutely screams!


GEAR DEMO – Joyo Vintage Overdrive

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Want a classic Tube Screamer that’ll get you all those wonderful tones that have sold millions of records? Well too bad. They’re expensive. But wait, you CAN buy a Joyo Vintage Overdrive pedal for around $25 bucks on Ebay! Made with a rugged aluminum housing and the same controls as a classic Tube Screamer, this pedal is no-nonsense, vintage gain goodness. It works well providing all the gain, on a clean amp, for a warm Classic Rock sound, or you can boost an already cranked up amp to get some singing, stinging sustain and a blistering lead tone!

I’m playing my increasingly modified Ammoon Strat through my Blackstar ID Core 10 for this review.

 


GEAR DEMO – A New Guitar for $47!?

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With today’s manufacturing techniques and product supply chains, it’s easier than ever to produce a good quality, low-priced guitar. The ultimate example of this is the Ammoon strat style guitar, which I purchased new for less than $50!

I review this guitar, talk about the pros and cons, what parts I would upgrade, and more! At the end of the day, this is a totally playable guitar for the cost of a tank of gas!


GEAR DEMO – The $170 Chibson Les Paul!

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Fake? Counterfeit? Replica? Tribute Guitar? Whatever you might call them, they seem to be here to stay. Our good friends in the east are cranking out “Made in USA” Gibson Les Paul guitars for a fraction of the price of the genuine article. In this Gear Demo / Review, I take a look at a $170 Les Paul, which I ordered directly from China. Just how bad is it? Unsurprisingly… not that bad. Although players often buy these guitars with modifications in mind, for my review, this guitar is completely stock. I go over the specs, playing examples, and talk about the construction and materials. I close the review by asking the viewers some questions about their feelings regarding the ethics of knowingly buying counterfeit products. Take a look!