Guitar Product Reviews

When you're shopping for a new electric or acoustic guitar (or just longing for one), The Hub is a crucial resource for the info you need. You’ll find a choice selection of exclusive, in-depth Hands-On Reviews of great new axes from major names like Fender, Gibson, Martin, and Taylor. We approach each instrument from a musician’s perspective, offering the insights of seasoned performers and guitar enthusiasts. If you’re looking for a new guitar amp, effects pedal, or just a new case or gig bag, we cover that territory too. Count on The Hub as your number-one destination for objective no-B.S. reviews that will help lead you to the guitar, amp, effects, or music accessories you need.

Review: Keeley 4-Knob Compressor

Hands-On Review: Keeley 4-Knob Compressor

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Years after it’s debut, it’s still setting the standard for audio excellence and superb control in a guitarist-friendly stomp.

Line 6 JTV-59 James Tyler Variax Guitar Review

Hands-On Review: Line 6 JTV-59 James Tyler Variax Guitar

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Old-school Socal electric guitar building meets 21st-century Line 6 modeling technology

Seven Online Guitar Tuners Rated

Seven Online Guitar Tuners Rated

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We look at a handful of virtual guitar tuners and compare their capabilities with real, hardware-based units.

Review: BOSS Waza Craft SD-1W SUPER OverDrive and BD-2W Blues Driver

Hands-on Review: BOSS Waza Craft SD-1W SUPER OverDrive and BD-2W Blues Driver

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We plug these two latest entries from the BOSS Waza Craft guitar stompbox series into our signal chain and report on all the sonic goodness that ensued

Orange Dual Dark 100 Tube Amp Head

Orange Dual Dark 100 Tube Amp Head

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By Chris Loeffler | May 29, 2014

Dark tones for a bright future!

Orange amplifiers have been in production since 1968 and have earned a reputation as being the "other" English vintage amp for heavier rock tones. Combining the harmonic complexity of a classic Vox with the rude, saturated gain associated with early Marshalls, the hallmark of the Orange sound is a dark, almost fuzzy distortion created in higher gain settings and warm, edgy cleans. The last ten years have seen a significant expansion of the Orange amp line as designers supplement the legacy of the AD30 and Thunderverb with smaller wattage amps like the Tiny Terror and high wattage, multi-channel offerings like the new Dual Dark series amplifiers.

Review: Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp

Hands-On Review: Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp

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It may be 40 years old, but this versatile combo’s clean yet warm sound continues to win friends and help crank out signature tones for some of music’s biggest names.

Gibson Custom Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess Review

Product Review: Gibson Custom Alex Lifeson Les Paul Axcess

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Built to handle the diverse performance demands of the Rush frontman, this LP covers sonic territory well beyond the capabilities of ordinary guitars.

Marzi Montazeri: Randall Thrasher Guitar Head

Marzi Montazeri's New WMD: The Randall Thrasher Guitar Head

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The Heavy As Texas/Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals shredder reveals why this fire-breathing 120W all-tube amp has become the key to his onstage assault. He also offers up a quick-lick lesson to put in your riff toolbox.

Line 6 AMPLIFi FX100 Multi-Effects Pedal

Line 6 AMPLIFi FX100 Multi-Effects Pedal

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Electro-Harmonix Hot Tubes Nano Overdrive

Electro-Harmonix Hot Tubes Nano Overdrive

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The return of the legendary 70s-era CMOS overdrive

By Phil O'Keefe

Vintage effects can be a funny thing. It's nearly impossible to tell you today which of the currently-available crop of effects will become highly-sought collector's items that will be prized by players thirty-five years from now. One pedal from the 1970s that has become very in-demand with modern players is the original Electro-Harmonix Hot Tubes Overdrive. Originally introduced back in 1978, this vintage pedal has enjoyed continued popularity that has only grown in recent years, and which has sent the prices for used examples soaring - often exceeding $300 for an original in working condition.

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