Reviews

Here you’ll find all my gear reviews – most of them featuring YouTube and mp3 clips. I sometimes update these so be sure to check in frequently. Please feel free to suggest guitars, amps and pedals you want me to check out. Do also post your comment and share your experience with us!

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  • Buffalo FX Patriot review David Gilmour’s tones on the 1994 Division Bell tour are many fans’ favourite and not least the huge, smooth sounding distortion on songs like Sorrow and Comfortably Numb. Many have tried to create a pedal that’ll produce the same wall of sound and the latest addition is the Patriot from Buffalo FX. Here’s my review. Of ...
  • Lovepedal Hermida Audio Dover Drive review Every once in a while a pedal pops up with a special appeal to us Gilmour nerds and with obvious references to a legendary overdrive pedal, I had to check out this one. Here’s my review of the Hermida Audio Dover Drive from Lovepedal. Like many of you, I’m sure, I though “a Tube Driver clone? ...
  • Effectrode Helios Tube Fuzz review The fuzz pedal appeared in the mid 60s and with it the whole pedal revolution started. The recent explosion of clones and boutique pedals has given the old fuzz pedal a renaissance and while some stick to the classic designs, others are exploring new ground. Here’s my review of the Effectrode Helios. The term fuzz ...
  • Skreddy Pedals P19 review The P19 from Skreddy Pedals is definitely one of the most talked about Big Muff clones out there. No wonder really as Marc Alhfs knows a thing or two about Big Muffs. I’ve had my eyes on one for some time and I finally got the chance to try it out. Here’s my review. I did ...
  • Effectrode Fire Bottle tube booster review If you had to choose only one pedal, what would it be and why? I guess we all asked ourselves that question and it’s for sure not an easy one. I think mine would have to be one that’s as versatile, yet basic, as possible. I might have found it in the Fire Bottle from ...
  • D Allen Pickups Echoes review Changing pickups on your guitar can do wonders to your tone. It’s an often overlooked aspect of the whole tone quest but it’s just as important for your tone as any pedal. D Allen recently released the Echoes single coil set. Promising to capture over four decades of David Gilmour’s Black Strat tones I had ...
  • Buffalo FX Germanium Fuzz V2, CVIII Silicon Fuzz and 18v Power Booster review I recently did a review of Buffalo FX’s Ram’s Head – a take on the mid 70s Big Muff with a few very successful tweaks. Since then, Buffalo FX has released the Germanium Fuzz, CVIII Silicon Fuzz and the Power Booster. Here’s my review of all three. With the Ram’s Head (see the review here) Buffalo ...
  • Mach Analog Tone Morph review Big Muffs comes in all shapes and forms and while some stick to cloning the original circuits others offer something new to the legendary design. Mach Analog Tone recently released the Morph – a dual effect based on the ram’s head and triangle Big Muffs. Here’s my review. A couple of years back I did a ...
  • Electronic Orange Moon-Vibe MkII review The Uni-Vibe seems to finally have gotten its well earned renaissance. Its haunting, throbbing phase tones captures the essence of the late 60s and early 70s and of course, if you’re a Hendrix, Trower or Gilmour fan, owning one is a must. A few years back I did a review of the Moon-Vibe from Electronic ...
  • Buffalo FX Ram’s Head NOS BC239c review How many more Big Muffs do we need? Well, if you ask me I say keep ‘em coming! One of the latest additions comes from Buffalo Effects – a clone of the monstrous mid 70s ram’s head sporting NOS BC239c transistors. Well worth checking out, don’t you think? Here’s my review. 12-13 years ago, the Big ...
  • Electronic Orange Pig Hoof MkII review (UPDATE!) I’m sure all of you know that the Pig Hoof is my favourite Big Muff pedal. In fact, I like the pedal so much that I asked Electronic Orange for a unit tweaked and customized especially for my setup. I’m without doubt too impartial for a review, so consider this more of a presentation of ...
  • Effectrode Tube-Vibe review I’ve been reviewing quite a few Uni-Vibes lately and it seems that the classic effect is more popular than ever, with several new models emerging each year. While most clones are based on the original Shin-ei, Effectrode has tackled the design with a different approach by adding a tube preamp to the circuit. Here’s my ...
  • Caroline Olympia fuzz review Many guitarists has a love/hate relationship with fuzz pedals. On the right setup, it’s magic. On the wrong it can be very frustrating. The problem is often that fuzz pedals simply sounds too fuzzy. Caroline Guitar Company decided to create a different kind of fuzz. Here’s my review of the Olympia. I’ve always been a huge ...
  • AnalogMan SunFace BC109 review The SunFace has long been my favourite fuzz pedal. The BC108 nails all those classic silicon tones and more. Recently, AnalogMan released the BC109 version – a tribute to David Gilmour’s Dark Side of the Moon tones. Here’s my review. At the time when David Gilmour joined Pink Floyd, in early 1968, guitarists had only a ...
  • FlexWaves Flex EQ7 review Equalizers can be great tools for getting exactly the tones you want. They allow you to sculpt and enhance your tones and bring out that little extra from pedals that might need a certain something. I recently got my hands on the Flexwaves Flex EQ7 – a programmable analog equalizer. Here’s my review. I’ve never really ...
  • Mojo Hand Iron Bell review A few weeks ago I reviewed the Colossus and I’m still impressed by the little beast. Mojo Hand FX has got me hooked and when they recently released a pedal that not only sported familiar graphics but also promised to capture David Gilmour’s tone, I just had to check it out. Here’s my review of ...
  • Effectrode Compressor review Compressor pedals may not be on the top of your shopping list and if you do have one, it might be the case of it causing more harm to your tones, than good. However, a compressor is a powerful tool for enhancing your tones and squeezing that little extra out of your pickups. The Effectrode ...
  • Mooer ElecLady review It’s not often that I check out pedals from China but Mooer pedals has made their way into the mainstream market with a loud bang lately. The compact size (same as typical loopers, Lovepedal minis etc) and the familiar names makes the pedals especially intriguing. It’s no doubt that Mooer makes clones of well known pedals. ...
  • EarthQuaker Hoof Fuzz review I’ve been reviewing countless different Muff clones over the past few years. Although the Big Muff circuit is a fairly basic one, most of these pedals has managed to surprise me and proved to have an unique character of their own. I’ve had my eyes on the Earthquaker Hoof Fuzz for some time and finally ...
  • DryBell Vibe Machine review I’ve always been a huge fan of UniVibes. That mysterious haunting tone made famous by Hendrix, Trower and Gilmour is simply irresistible. However, the UniVibe’s large footprint is often a hassle for cramped pedal boards. The DryBell Vibe Machine promise to capture all the magic and lure of the classic tones with a few extras ...
  • Mojo Hand Colossus review It seems that the early 90s Sovtek Big Muff at last has gotten its long awaited renaissance. More and more clones are appearing and a new generation of guitarists gets the chance to discover this beast. Mojo Hand has tackled the mighty Civil War Sovtek and the Colossus promise to deliver all the classic tones ...
  • Electro Harmonix Neo Mistress review The Electric Mistress has always been one of my all time favourite pedals. In my opinion, some of Gilmour’s best tones were created with this unique sounding flanger. The Neo Mistress is the latest addition to the Mistress family. Promising to produce the classic tones on a pedal board friendly foot print, I had to ...
  • CostaLab Custom Muff review Everyone seems to be offering variations on the classic Big Muff circuit these days. While some are packing the pedal with all sorts of extra controls, others are sticking to the original designs with more or less authenticity. The Custom Muff from Italian CostaLab promise to capture the legendary tones with a few modern updates. ...
  • TC Electronic Alter Ego delay review Rarely have I been this bombarded with questions about a pedal that just hit the market. The new Alter Ego delay is a collaboration between TC Electronics and Pro Guitar Shop designed as an alternative to the already hugely popular Flashback delay with a couple of new additions that caught the attention of us Gilmour ...
  • CostaLab ChorusLab review The chorus effect has been a crucial part of guitarists’ tone since the early 80s. Dismissed by some as cheesy, others can’t play without it. Italian CostaLab has received a lot of praise for their Cornish-inspired pedals and clones of old classics. Here’s my review of the ChorusLab. I must admit – I’ve never been a ...
  • D. Allen pickups review The pickups in your guitar are as important as any stompbox and a good set of quality pickups can do wonders for your tone. California based D. Allen pickups has gained a lot of praise lately for their hand wound custom pickups and I recently got a couple of sets that promised classic Gilmour tones. ...
  • Strymon Lex Rotary review I’ve had a lot of requests for the Strymon Lex Rotary lately. This rotary speaker simulator seems to have caused a lot of stir and not least among Gilmour enthusiasts. I recently got my hands on one and here’s my review. Rotating speaker cabs has been David’s secret weapon since 1971-72. His stage setup at this ...
  • Mach Seagull/Clean Buffer review Buffers – it sounds technical but they can do wonders to a cluttered pedal board and endless signal chains. There are different ways of adding buffers to your setup but I recently came across the Mach Seagull/Clean Buffer – a dedicated buffer pedal. Here’s my review. Let’s face it people. Most of us don’t pay ...
  • Jam pedals review A good sounding distortion, a chorus and delay will get you far and take you through any gig. Earlier this year I did a review of the Red Muck from Jam Pedals and I was eager to try more of their pedals. Here’s my review of the Dyna-ssoR, Rattler and Waterfall. As we’ve talked about before, ...
  • North Effects 22/7 Violet Ram review I’ve always been a fan of simplicity. As few knobs as possible, killer tone and no frills. While some companies seem to compete in making the most outrageous boutique pedals with more knobs than all your pedals combined, some go all old school and offer nothing but tone. North Effects is one of the latter ...
  • TTS Pickups – Crazy Diamond set review The world of guitar pickups is growing fast and it can be a challenge to know which models to get from which brand. TTS Pickups is a fairly new company based in Oklahoma USA that’s taken up the challenge of making high quality hand wound pickups. They offer a wide range of models and I ...
  • Electronic Orange Pig Hoof review I’ve been reviewing several Big Muffs lately and they all offer something different – some more convincing than others. The new hype seems to be pedals loaded with new features and it may be hard to find a straight clone of the old classics. The Pig Hoof from Electronic Orange promise to be a faithful ...
  • ThroBak Overdrive Boost review The legendary Colorsound Power Boost has always been one of my favourite pedals. The transparent booster soon became synonymous with Jeff Beck and Marc Bolan and defined David Gilmour’s 70s tones. The ThroBak Overdrive Boost promise to capture the mojo of the original Colorsound with a few new features. Here’s my review. David introduced the Colorsound ...
  • Blackout Effectors Musket review For each clone that hits the market it’s harder to choose one that stands out from the rest. While most of them claim to offer something new,- few rarely does. I recently got my hands on the Musket from Blackout Effectors and it’s by far one of the biggest surprises I’ve had in a long ...
  • Jam Pedals Red Muck review A lot of people have asked me to review the Red Muck from Jam Pedals. It’s not that often that I come across a clone of the early Sovtek pedals although cloners are starting to acknowledge these unique sounding Big Muff models. With great interest I gave the pedal a shot. Here’s my review. My ...
  • Costalab Natural Drive review Italian company Costalab offer clones of classic Gilmour related pedals and their Natural Drive promise to be a faithful clone of the Pete Cornish SS2. The familiar Wall motive covering the pedal is an obvious attempt on a cheap marketing stunt but it did the job at getting my attention. Here’s my review. The Pete Cornish ...
  • Electronic Orange Moon Vibe review Although not as frequently used as the Big Muff or delays the UniVibe has since Dark Side of the Moon been associated with David Gilmour – along with legends like Jimi Hendrix and Robin Trower. Electronic Orange offer a wide range of clones of vintage classic pedals and their Moon Vibe UniVibe clone has gained ...
  • The Black Strat 3rd edition review Earlier this month David’s long-time technician Phil Taylor, released the third edition of his The Black Strat – A History of David Gilmour’s Black Fender Stratocaster book. Expanded into over 200 pages and lots of new photos the book promises to be an even greater document of David’s legendary guitar. It’s easy to joint the choir ...
  • TopTone Light Drive and DG2 review About a year ago I did a review of the Drive Gate DG-1. Since then TopTone has gained a lot of recognition for their pedals and a couple of newcomers have been added to their rooster. I recently got my hands on the DG-2 and the Light Drive. Here’s my review. The Light Drive and DG2 ...
  • BigToneMusicBrewery Royal Beaver review I’ve always been a huge fan of the classic Big Muff. I guess it’s the one effect I can’t live without. Not only because of David Gilmour’s tones but all the different models over the years each with a distinct tone of its own. Wouldn’t it be great to have all those models in one ...
  • Gullmour Wah review You’ve heard the effect – those strange, haunting screams sounding like a seagull on speed. Although rarely used it’s become one of David’s signature sounds. The new Gullmour Wah from Eye-Rock Electronics promises to capture the tone and the name it self was enough for me to check it out. The “seagull” effect happened by ...
  • Squier Classic Vibe review In this series of “mini-reviews” I’ll be looking at news and general gear that I recommend for recreating David’s tones. First off is a glance at the popular Classic Vibe guitars from Squier. I’ve received a lot of questions about these guitars and I’ve had the chance to try most of them. I must admit that ...
  • Reeves Custom 50 review I recently got my hands on a brand new Reeves Custom 50 amp. Being a fan of the classic Sound City and Hiwatt tone it’s hard not to have noticed all the raving reviews. I was both shaking with anticipation and a bit sceptic when I received the package. Would it live up to the ...
  • EMG DG20 review It’s easy to forget David’s red Strat after the Black’s triumphant return but the guitar and not least its tone is a favorite among many fans. The magic behind its tone is created by the unique active EMG SA pickups with the SPC and EXG tone controls. Love them or hate them – here’s my ...
  • Doppolas by Tolerance Sound review David’s 1994 Division Bell tour rig featured custom made rotating speakers called Doppola. The speakers were based on the old Maestro Rovers that David had used on the Division Bell recording sessions. The swirling rotary effect added a rich character to his tone – one often hailed as his greatest tone ever. Tolerance Sound has, with ...
  • TopTone DriveGate DG-1 review There’s a buzz on the net about this new Big Muff clone that’s been compared to a Cornish P2. A Cornish? Do they dare? The TopTone DG1 seems to have stirred up quite a controversy. I recently got my hands on one and with a sceptic grin I gave it a good shootout. Here’s my ...
  • T-Rex Replica review For some time now I’ve been searching for a good sounding delay that can replicate those lush tape sounds without messing up my signal or being overly noisy. In my quest I’ve realized that this is not that easy to combine. However, the T-Rex Replica seems to fulfill almost everything I was searching for. Danish ...
  • VintageFX Colordrive review It was long a mystery what overdrive pedal David used 70′s but now we know that his secret weapon was the classic Colorsound Powerboost. The pedal has slowly regained recognition for its awesome tone and several clones have appeared in recent years. I recently got my hands on a Colordrive from Vintage FX. Introduced in ...
  • MJM London Fuzz review We’re all searching for the perfect pedal board with a dozen or two pedals to replicate David’s Animals or PULSE tones. But I often go back to the basics discovering the beauty of just a handful of classics for albums like Ummagumma and Atom Heart Mother. I recently got my hands on a London Fuzz ...
  • MJM Sixties Vibe review Over the last couple of months I’ve gone all old school and rediscovered the beauty of David’s early tones, especially from around 1970-73. I love the simplicity and raw power of just a basic fuzz and echo and of course later on David added a Colorsound Powerboost and a Univibe to his setup. The Univibe ...
  • Duncan SSL5 review Sometimes it’s just too cold to do anything sensible. We were supposed to be working on some new songs yesterday but it was so freezing cold that we just gave it up. Our brain cells just couldn’t heat up. Anyway, as we already was there we bashed the hell out of some old Floyd tunes. ...
  • David Gilmour Stratocaster NOS review The other day I got the chance to try the David Gilmour NOS Stratocaster at a friend of Gilmourish.Com. It’s been a while since its release but I thought I’d share my thoughts on this long awaited and much discussed guitar. Let me first point out that it’s obviously impossible to give an objective view. ...
  • Fender Custom 69 review Review updated 4 January 2009 I have always preferred that classic single coil tone. From Hank Marvin to Jimi Hendrix to David Gilmour… the unique tone defines a genre and style and today the search for the vintage flavours are stronger than ever. I’ve been using Fender Custom Shop 69s for awhile and I’ve found my ...
  • Analogman Sun Face BC108 review Review updated 4 January 2009 Finding a good sounding fuzz unit can be one of the more tricky tasks when you’re designing your pedal board. There are tons of different models and versions available but not all of them fits our acquired taste. After years of searching for David’s tone on Live in Pompeii I got ...
  • BK Butler Tube Driver review Review updated 4 January 2009 David is often associated with his lead tones but he’s a master creating the sweetest overdrive tones too. Ever since 1994’s Division Bell he’s been using the Tube Driver as his main overdrive unit and it’s been one of my favourites for the last couple of years. The classic Colorsound Power Boost ...
  • Line 6 POD X3 review Updated the patches and added settings for easy setup on other Line 6 processors. I recently got my hands on a POD X3 – Line 6s latest power station. Years ago my main setup included a Boss GT-3 and I’ve tried about every digital unit there is but none of them seems to cover it all. ...
  • Absolutely Analog Green Russian review One of my all time favourite effect pedals is the green Sovtek Big Muff. I bought mine new in 1996 and it’s been on my boards ever since. It’s one of the most sought after Big Muffs but rarely cloned so when I saw the Green Russian from Absolutely Analog I just had to check ...
  • Boss RT-20 review Since the early 70’s David Gilmour’s been using rotating speakers to make his sounds fatter and more three dimensional. Recently I got my hands on a Boss RT-20 Rotary Ensemble. It’s difficult to capture the natural sound of something as unique as a rotating speaker but the RT-20 sounds remarkably close. Here’s a little review. The ...
  • The Black Strat 1st edition review Please DO NOT read this post if you don’t want to know any details about the book. It was a rather chilly summer night a couple of years ago. Everything was surreal. Just two weeks ago my life was turned upside down when it was announced and here I was, witnessing the greatest reunion of all ...
  • Callaham Vintage S bridge review I recently replaced the stock bridge system on my black Strat with a Callaham Vintage S Model kit. The old saddles had deep creeks in them from the strings and I’ve always had problems with keeping the intonation. Callaham offers a wide range of replacement parts for most Stratocaster models. The Vintage S Model is a ...
  • Skreddy Pedals review I’ve had the pleasure of trying out some of the most talked about pedals on the net, – Skreddy Pedals. They’ve caught the Gilmour enthusiast’s attention with nicknames like “Pinkmour”, claiming to catch the very essence of Gilmour’s tone. I just had to check this out… To test these pedals I’ve used my 50’s Strat ...
  • EH Small Stone Nano review Electro Harmonix continues to invent new stuff and their new line of so-called Nano pedals is a welcomed alternative to the huge beasts that takes up too much space on a pedal board. The Nanos are basically the classic effects in a smaller, MXR sized, box for half the price of the bigger counterparts. The line ...
  • A History of The Wall review I have finally recieved the new book from Vernon Fitch and Richard Mahon, – “Comfortably Numb, A History of The Wall, Pink Floyd 1978-1981″. It was worth the wait… This is one of the most impressive books I’ve seen! The book is packed with beautiful pictures from the recording of the album, live shots and lots ...
  • Royal Albert Hall review So, then it’s over… After waiting for almost half a year, the two concerts hit me like a train. I am absolutely speechless. We (our band) had a fantastic time and a great trip to London. We visited Battersea of course and a lot of other historical Floyd places like Abbey Road and Earl’s Court. Here’s ...
  • Amsterdam Heinecken Hall review Home again… My trip to Amsterdam has been beyond anything I ever expected! Two fantastic concerts and on both nights, we stood just a few feet away during the encores! I can’t describe the feeling and the experience is only enhanced when 100 fellow maniacs stands around you crying and cheering! I managed to take ...
  • On an Island review It’s been two days since On an Island got released and good reviews are coming from all over the world. Here in Norway it got a 5/6 from VG, the biggest selling newspaper. I thought I’d share my views on the album. On an Island has really grown on me. The first time I heard it, ...