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    MXR Custom Badass '78 Distortion

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted September 18, 2014 at 10:47AM
    In my endless quest of that just right sound I came across the MXR Custom Badass '78 Distortion. Seemingly, distortion would be the most important word in that product name. But Custom has severe connotations to electronic musicians and well, badass pretty much doesn't need an explanation. What...
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    TC Electronics Trinity Reverb

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted August 31, 2014 at 10:52AM
    When I did the Quilter Toneblock review my son collaborated since he gigs live every week. His input was that he needed a reverb and from that point on he kept using the Quilter Aviator. Give it a month or so and we found the TC Electronics Trinity reverb. I'm a more is less kind of guy but my...
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    Canon EOS Rebel T3i

    By Kalea Oshiro | Posted August 20, 2014 at 02:17PM
    I have recently been named as the Chief photographer of my yearbook staff, not only because I know my camera's features inside and out, but I love cameras, and I especially love Canon cameras. They are the easiest cameras to use, and are pretty affordable too. The best model I have used so far...
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    Tone Grenade Pedal

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted March 27, 2014 at 04:16PM
    The three main ways to make distortion are with fuzz, overdrive, and a distortion pedals. I tend  to stick to overdrive pedals for a couple of reasons. First, I can get a lot of distortion/gain from just about any amp or even a preamp like a pedal board. Secondly, I prefer the more singing...
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    Sharp LC-70LE65OU 70" LED Smart TV

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted February 25, 2014 at 10:30AM
    I'm pretty good at taking care of my gear so it shouldn't come as a surprise that my last TV - a 50 inch Samsung Plasma - lasted my family about 6 years of near constant use. That TV is now being used in my bedroom but it was getting time to update to a newer set. New features and better picture...
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    Quilter Tone Block 200 Amplifier

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted February 13, 2014 at 10:09AM
    Quilter Laboratories have had a very busy couple of years. They've released amplifier heads, combo units, and now a head that offers some different features you won't find anywhere else. Recently they released the Tone Block 200 amplifier which was a big hit at the recent NAMM show. What is the...
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    Apogee Jam 96 kHz/24 bit guitar input

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted February 7, 2014 at 10:58AM
    Apogee's original Jam input device gave 48kHz /24-bit recording to musicians but Apogee recently sent out a press release for their 96 kHz Jam guitar input device. With this you can connect your guitar or other electronic instrument to an iPad or an iPhone. This is what intrigued me: 96 kHz /24...
  • bublcam announced

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted November 8, 2013 at 03:00PM
    Yesterday I received an announcement for the forthcoming bublcam. Whats a bublcam? Head over to their website and check it out for yourself. I'm hoping we can get one in for review once the product is ready.

    Bublcam is an innovative 360-degree HD video camera that captures everything around...
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    ClearClick Software Guitar2USB

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted October 8, 2013 at 09:54AM
    Seems like any recording devices for audio to computer or instrument to computer cost a hefty investment. Its not unusual to see equipment costing $200 or more and that is a price that can really hurt a struggling musician. I came across ClearClick Software's Guitar2USB setup a short while ago...
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    Plutoneium Chi-Wah-Wah Pedal

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted September 10, 2013 at 08:00AM
    Most people's first effect pedal is usually a distortion pedal. What comes next? For most of us its a wah wah pedal. The wah pedal isn't just for 60's rock and roll sounds. Ask guys like Steve Vai and Kirk Hammett why they spend so much time getting their wah technique down. Better yet, search...
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    Seymour Duncan Hotrodded Humbucker Set

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted September 3, 2013 at 10:45AM
    This is going to be our first guitar pickup review. I'm planning to bring you some different options, some very economical and some not so. Since this is our first pickup review I wanted to cover a well used combination that many players use to get a versatile rig: the Seymour Duncan Hotrodded...
  • Quilter releases head version of the Aviator

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted August 7, 2013 at 11:11AM
    Quilter officially released their head version of the Aviator amp we loved so much. That amp has become our go to amp for practice and performance and getting a head version should help folks who have been sitting on the fence decide if they want to try it. Here's a link to the product at...
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    VHT Special 6 1x12 Cabinet

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted July 10, 2013 at 10:04AM
    It occurred to me the other day that while I've done reviews of instrument amplifiers and combos I haven't as yet reviewed a speaker cabinet on its own. Well folks here it is: The VHT Special 6 1x12 cabinet in closed back form. An open back version is available which features a Celestion speaker...
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    Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 18 Head

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted June 27, 2013 at 02:16PM
    The market for instrument amplifiers is incredibly diverse and large. There are the time tested setups like a 100 watt tube head with a full stack of speakers all the way down to the 1 watt tube amplifiers with a built in six or eight inch speakers. Throw in everything in between as well as...
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    Swiss Picks

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted June 12, 2013 at 10:40PM
    Sometimes we get to do an in depth review of a product that requires tons of explanation. Other times we find that the product is so simple yet does exactly what it claims to do. Today I present the Swiss Pick. Not named for a country of birth but more for its resemblance to something that...
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    Quilter Aviator 2x10 Combo Amp

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted June 5, 2013 at 09:04AM
    If you suffered through my recent amplifier tech articles you know I'm looking for the ultimate tone machine in a combo design. I need tone and I'm not willing to compromise on that. You'd think I'm willing to compromise on volume and projection to get the smaller form factor but here's where...
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    Vox Delaylab Pedal

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted May 29, 2013 at 10:51AM
    My son has a forbidden love that dare not speak its name: the love the delay pedal. I like delay effects but I find them often overused and this is one sound that can definitely get tiring when used a lot. Previously my son was using a Boss delay pedal that worked very well but lacked one...
  • Instrument Speakers

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted May 21, 2013 at 10:58AM
    We're approaching the end of this series of articles. I know that it seems very tedious - musicians tend to be the type of people who want to plug in and get a perfect sound. Sadly, it takes a lot of work to get the exact sound you are looking for. That's what this series was meant to do -...
  • Solid State and Hybrid Amps

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted May 18, 2013 at 10:23AM
    I hope you've read the previous solid state vs tube amp article and the amplifier tubes article where I covered tube characteristics as well as some tricks to get better tone. There are some situations where solid state amps really shine through. Towards the end of the article I'll give you a...
  • Amplifier Tubes

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted May 13, 2013 at 10:09AM
    In my last article we covered the solid state vs. tube amp argument. My view on this is that you have to use the right tool for the job at hand. If you picked a solid state amp there is still some info in this article you might find interesting. If you picked a tube amp then lets help you get to...
  • Solid State vs Tube Amps

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted May 8, 2013 at 10:03AM
    Every so often I'd post one of my 'rants' here but I've tended to stay away from that format. Basically I give you my 2 cents worth but not in a review of a particular product. Lately all the mail I've been getting are "why don't you test this amp" or "you seem to have a bent against solid state...
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    BBE Sonic Stomp Sonic Maximizer

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted May 1, 2013 at 10:05AM
    A pedal I got recently after my son's praise was this BBE Sonic Stomp. I've heard  BBE's rack mount sonic maximizers so I wondered if this pedal could capture what one of those does.

    How does it work? 

    What's a sonic maximizer? I'll let this quote from BBE's website try to explain it:

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    ISP Decimator Noise Suppression Pedal

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted April 26, 2013 at 09:24AM
    As my son's pedal board kept growing it became painfully obvious he needed a noise suppressor. Without it there was always the noise that is a byproduct of many effects pedals - whooshing sounds, hum, even feedback. The standby pedals I've always used are made by Boss (Roland). One problem I've...
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    Vox Ice 9 Overdrive Pedal

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted April 11, 2013 at 09:07AM
    I've been using the same Boss overdrive pedal for almost 25 years. When you find something that works for you that's how it goes. I also have an Ibanez distortion pedal on my board that I've had for even longer. While my son was using the Boss overdrive for a performance recently the pedal went...
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    Hartke A70 Bass Combo

    By Victor Oshiro | Posted March 25, 2013 at 09:59AM
    Normally the words bass and combo together means a small amplifier used for practice without many of the features professional musicians desire for their needs. Today we are looking at a possible solution from Hartke. Combos offer a lot of convenience - the speakers and amplifier are housed in a...

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