The EHX Synth 9 – Gettin’ Synth-y With Your Axe!

Synth9 CARTOONED

I love a good shredding guitar solo! You know… the kind that just makes you abruptly lean back into Eddie-like air guitar? The kind that gives you the open-mouthed “I’m a Guitar God!!” squinty face?!! The kind that gets your adrenaline pumpin’, your rock hair bouncin’ and makes you grab YOUR guitar and turn that …

The Cloudlifter – Activate That Mic, Will Ya?!

Cloudlifter CARTOONED

Quick – what’s the most powerful rocket ever made by man?! It’s not Elon Musk’s “Falcon Heavy”, if that’s what you guessed. It’s the “Saturn V”, our tallest and most powerful rocket that took us to the moon and back seven times. We needed that conquering power to boost us up and beyond our gravity, …

The Digitech GSP1101 – Still A Clear Winner!!

GSP1101 killer clown pic CARTOONED

For over a thousand years (maybe even two thousand!), the practice of bloodletting has been piercing human skin all over the world. What in Les Paul’s name does that have to do with the Digitech GSP1101 Guitar Preamp?? Stay with me… Physicians usually used leeches for bloodletting – just plop them on the skin and …

The Apollo Twin – The Tardis Has Nothing On THIS Interface!!

Apollo box & Dr Who CARTOONED

Above the couch in the living room of my house hangs this picture: Those of you who have a certain sci-fi bent to your interests might recognize that as a tribute painting to a really entertaining and memorable episode of “Dr. Who” that featured Vincent Van Gogh as a character. “What in other worlds does …

The Rocktron R50C – Wish You Were… Hair!!

The R50C is a Big Hair amp!

So, why do I have a Rocktron R50C in my amp arsenal?? Well, to understand that, you must know this: I lived in L.A. in the mid to late 80s. I had a band, and yes… … our hair was sometimes larger than life. It was a glorious heyday for Pop-Metal mania. There were more shred-filled, hard-rock …

The Crate BT50 Bass Amp – Solid WHOMP For The Hard-Edged Player!

Crate Bass amp Close up

Sometimes fate has a way of smiling on you when you least expect it. And sometimes… it smiles with GEAR. My example is the Crate BT50 bass amp. It came to me kind of on accident, from checking out an ad for something else in Craigslist. Now, my Live Room will never be the same. …

Bass Guitar Rigs – The Gigging Player’s Dream Configurations!

Bass Amp Rig cartoon

In 1988, I entered Guitar Center in Los Angeles. I had come looking for some guitar gear that I needed for a gig. As I entered the store, towering massively over me near the entrance was a bass stack. An astonishing stack. A magnificent citadel of sound that I knew I just HAD to play. A virtual …