Dave Hunter is a writer and consulting editor for Guitar Player magazine. His prolific output as author includes Fender 75 Years, The Guitar Amp Handbook, The British Amp Invasion, Ultimate Star Guitars, Guitar Effects Pedals, The Guitar Pickup Handbook, The Fender Telecaster and several other titles. Hunter is a former editor of The Guitar Magazine (UK), and a contributor to Vintage Guitar, Premier Guitar, The Connoisseur and other publications. A contributing essayist to the United States Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Board’s Permanent Archive, he lives in Kittery, ME, with his wife and their two children and fronts the bands A Different Engine and The Stereo Field.
All are worth checking out, but the Atlas Boosted Overdrive and Narcissus Warm Delay deserve Editors’ Pick Awards
Punchy, powerful and versatile, version two of the Telecaster Custom carries a big slab of Seth Lover-certified humbucker mojo
Simultaneously traditional and alternative, this heirloom-level guitar is a Telecaster tribute with a twist
Appealing to players fed up with declining U.S. quality, the most successful and acclaimed Japanese guitar of the late ’70s wasn’t a direct copy of anything
These are surprisingly adaptable and expressive designs, so don’t let their radical looks lead you astray
A favorite of Jimi Hendrix, this petite powerhouse gives a taste of authentic pre-CBS Fender without the five-figure price tag
The 80-watt “high-powered” tweed Twin appeared in ’58, but nothing beats the delectable dynamics and easy grind of the earlier 40-watt versions
More dramatic sounding than MXR’s Phase 45, more affordable and less obtrusive than the larger two-knob Phase 100, the Phase 90 hit the sweet spot
Enter the Cielo, a thinline hybrid acoustic-electric guitar with a chambered body made of solid woods
Read the fascinating story of Lyon & Healy – one of America’s best guitar makers of the early 20th century
Boasting filter, flanger and phaser capabilities the Disturbance yields a plethora of textured synth-like tones with lush, multidimensional depth and movement
These simple secrets of the pros will make your guitar and gear sounds its best (and several of them won't cost you a penny!)
Although many players infer a “warm, mellow” tone from Brazilian rosewood’s vintage credentials, the reality is quite different
Sibling to the Boss CE-1 Chorus Ensemble, this 1970s vintage stompbox kicks out a raw, raucous, perpetual motion-type effect that virtually takes over your instrument
Swathed in shiny chrome, they were presented as the best of the best in the effects revolution’s boomingest decade
Either is worth laying your hands on, but the Rick Vito Soul Agent earns an Editors’ Pick Award for its sheer effortless versatility
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