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Guitar FX manufacturers you should know

Guitar FX pedals are booming. Despite digital/modelling amplifiers getting better and better, low-wattage tube amplifiers for home and mic’ed stage use are more popular than ever. FX pedals provide flexibility for these often simple and straightforward amps, to the point that pedal platform amps, which only provide a base clean […]


Overdrive pedals you should know   Recently updated !

There’s an innumerable amount of Overdrive pedals these days – but this can’t hide the fact that many of them are based off a limited number of “reference” pedals. This is (most likely incomplete) list of such reference pedals, in no particular order. Tubescreamer Quite likely the most famous overdrive […]


Fender 2019 Stratocaster lineup   Recently updated !

US-made (“MIA”) US-made Stratocasters are built in Fender’s factory in Corona, California. The finish is generally polyurethane, except on the Originals, which are finished in nitrocellulose lacquer. With the exception of the American Special, they all come with cases. American Performer The American Performer Stratocaster is Fender’s entry-level US-made Stratocaster, […]


3D printed pedal board

Any (electric) guitarist knows the problem – as soon as you’ve got more than one effects pedal, your cables become a tangled mess and moving the pedals to practise or a gig is a nuisance. The solution is, of course, a pedal board, and there are many commercially available solutions […]


Review: Fender FE620 gig bag   Recently updated !

My American Original ’60s Stratocaster came with a very nice vintage-style case, but I prefer a gig bag for walking the 500m to guitar class. There are several brands out there, but Fender also sell gig bags with a nice set of features at a decent price. My choice fell […]


Fender American Original ’60s Stratocaster

Ten years after surprising me with my first Stratocaster, my wife surprised me with a trip to Belgium’s biggest music store, KeyMusic in Sint-Niklaas, for my 40th birthday. Waiting there for me to be tested was a Fender American Original ’60s Stratocaster in Candy Apple Red, which based on the […]


Review: Catalyst, a Rogue One story

Catalyst, by James Luceno, is the companion novel to Rogue One, the first standalone movie in the Star Wars franchise. Lucasfilm/Disney seem to have settled on providing more background by the means of novels. It has been done for The Force Awakens and the Rebels TV show before. Catalyst tells […]


Mijn favoriete strips deel 2

Deel 1 was over Amerikaanse strips, in deel 2 gaat het over mijn favoriete franco-Belgische strips. Het mooie hieraan is dat deze allemaal makkelijk verkrijgbaar zijn, in de stripwinkel of de beter boekenzaak. Asterix Van Albert Uderzo & RenĂ© Goscinny Als je het over mainstream hebt (vooral in mijn geboorteland […]


Mijn favoriete strips deel 1

Deel 1 van een tweedelig artikel over mijn favoriete strips gaat over Amerikaanse Strips. De typisch Amerikaanse superhelden strips (Batman, Spiderman etc.) zijn trouwens een genre dat mij niet interesseert, dus deze zijn hier niet te vinden. Peanuts Van Charles M. Schulz Een 50 jaar lang lopende krantenstrip die wereldwijd […]


The 13th Valley

Disclaimer: I read this book in the Dutch translation The 13th Valley by John Del Vecchio has been called the classic Vietnam novel. Other classic books (e.g. Dispatches by Michael Herr, The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brian, Chickenhawk by Robert Mason) were first-hand accounts, although O’Brian often crosses the […]