SX 10-Watt Electric Guitar Amplifier – Cheap and fun!

In today’s review we are looking at a cheap, but not necessarily nasty little amp. The SX (Essex) 10 Watt Electric Guitar Amplifier (SX GA1065).

SX 10-Watt Electric Guitar Amplifier

SX 10-Watt Electric Guitar Amplifier

Now straight up, it’s a very simple little solid state combo amplifier and it retails for around $100.00. It is usually sold as part of the SX guitar and amp kit. Although, you can find them a lot cheaper than that second-hand, I bought mine for just $20.00.

The amp has simple controls with High, Mid and Low EQ, doing what they should. It also has a built-in Drive button to add a preset amount of delicious solid state distortion, okay that was some totally unnecessary sarcasm, but this amp, let’s be realistic, is great for cleans and maybe some very light over drive, but it’s just not going to handle a heavy amount of distortion! Run it into a quad box if you must!

Okay the amp is very simple and I won’t waffle about its features, but in short here are the specs…

  • 10Watt.
  • Dimensions 28.5cm (H) x 27cm (W) x 16.5cm (D).
  • 1 instrument input.
  • Volume, high, mid and low controls.
  • Vintage look silver grille cloth.
  • Overdrive push switch.
  • Headphone socket.

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Gretsch G5435 Electromatic Pro Jet – Class act from Gretsch!

Okay, so ever since I have been playing guitar I have heard of Gretsch, but for some reason, I have always associated Gretsch with country, chicken pickin ‘hillbilly‘ music, which just isn’t true. Some of the music industries most iconic figures, such as Chet Atkins, Eddie Cochran, Bo Diddley, George Harrison and John Lennon, to name a few, have all played a Gretsch. And many modern Gretsch players such as the legendary Malcolm Young of AC/DC, THE CULT’s guitarist Billy Duffy, punk guitarist from the 90’s Tim Armstrong all prove that notion to be completely wrong. I have even seen my own guitar hero, Dave Gilmour pull out a nice vintage Gretsch Duojet and play Comfortably Numb on it.

Okay, so usually before we start a review, I always like to add a video, but unfortunately, we don’t have our own, so here’s a great demo from Pro Guitar Shop.

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Big White Monkeys Freaky – EQ shaping boost pedal

Okay another pedal review, and I will try to keep this short, as the Big White Monkeys Freaky is more of a functional boost pedal with EQ shaping capabilities rather than the usual effects stuff I normally review. The Freaky is a pedal the boys on the Gold Coast at Big White Monkey amps have had in their big yellow stomp box range for a while now, which I am finally getting around to checking out.

First up, I just want to give BWM a bit of a plug, then we’ll check out a couple of vids, along with my review. Now for those of you who are not familiar with BWM, please check out our list of growing reviews or their Facebook page, where you can get good discounts (as opposed to buying through EBay, which charges big fees and obviously gets added to your buying costs). I personally think their products are fantastic value for money and their amps and pedals rock!, but also, the customer support for an online distributor is fantastic. I have found that any thing I buy from them, I always receive excellent customer service and they stand by their warranty, so I can have peace of mind knowing that if I have a problem they will fix it! Okay there is my plug, on with the Freaky!!!

So first up, lets have a look at a couple of videos. This first video Darren has the Freaky at the end of his signal, meaning it’s the last pedal before it hits the amp. In front of the Freaky is a mid 90s ProCo Rat distortion pedal. The amp is a Peavey Delta Blues and the guitar is Darrens heavily modified ‘E’ serial MIJ Fender Strat.

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98 CY Squire Affinity Stratocaster Review – Cheapy or well-priced bargain?

I don’t know about you, but I love mucking around with low priced guitars that actually play and sound really good. It must be the Scottish in me, that loves the idea of getting a nice sounding Strat for about $100.

So first up let’s have a listen to how the Squire Affinity sounds. In the video below Darren is plugged straight into a Marshall JCM 800.

GIBSON CUSTOM SHOP Historic Collection 1957 Les Paul Custom 3PU S/N78244

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Epiphone Dot Super VS – Another Great Limited Editition Axe from Epi

Howdy, you may remember my review on the Epiphone Sheraton, a jazzy and bluesy black number, where I shared a little bit about Epiphone’s very Greek history. Well, today we have a similar beast as the Sheraton, but no history lesson, it’s Epiphone’s Dot ‘Super VS‘.

As with most of our reviews, first up a couple of vids…

For this first video, the guitar is plugged into a Ceriatone JTM45 and a Hiwatt 300W 2×12 speaker cab loaded with Fane speakers. Darren is also using a mid 90s USA ProCo Rat for the distortion.

Epiphone 1961 E230T Casino "Fat Head with Dot Marker Used

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Big White Monkeys FG15 DC Tube Amp – Matchless 30 Clone!

Okay time for another review of some new gear from our friends Big White Monkey Amps on the Gold Coast Australia, this time in the form of their new hand wired amp, the FG15 DC.

First Up, the vid…

Okay, lets get into it, this amp is based on the Matchless 30 amp, well specifically the EF86 pre-amp section of that amp, which in turn is based on the old vintage Vox AC30s, some of which featured an EF86 tube in the pre-amp section. Continue reading

Digitech Screamin Blues – Another Polarizing Cheapy from Digitech

Oh I love Digitech stuff, partly because some of it is (I have to say), actually quite good! It also has the effect of polarizing some people who insist on boutique gear and can’t believe that a $50 pedal will produce an effect that’s really, really good or at worst good enough.

Digitech Screamin Blues pedal

Digitech Screamin Blues pedal

This is my second review of a Digitech overdrive, so if your in the market for a new overdrive pedal, make sure you also read my review of the Digitech Bad Monkey that I wrote a while back.

Okay, so the pedal itself is a nicely colored cool blue, with minimal graphics and the same controls as the Bad Monkey…

  • Level
  • Low
  • High
  • and the essential Gain.

The 9volt power input is at the top of the pedal, which I think should be standard with all pedals…, along with the standard left to right input output configuration.

Similarly it has an extra output (Output 2) so you can go straight into a mixing desk and use this pedal sans amp (no amp) ala Tech 21 Character pedals.

So it comes with all the features you could need and to top it off it’s built like a tank, seriously tuff steel case that you just won’t break!

DigiTech Screamin Blues Overdrive/Distortion Guitar Pedal

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Digitech RP155 – Multi Effects Doesn’t Have to be a Swear Word!

It had to happen, a multi-effects unit has finally come my way! The Digitech RP155 is a smallish unit, which comes in a sheet metal steel enclosure packed with over 100 effects, including amp and cab simulators.

Digitech RP155 modeling guitar processor

Digitech RP155 modeling guitar processor

Ideally, this effects unit is great for those on a budget and have very minimal floor space and need a good variety of effects such as delay, reverb, chorus, phaser/flange, distortion, OD, and the list goes on.

So before I get too far into my review of the Digitech RP155 I would like the opportunity to state that I am a little biased when it comes to effects, and my preference definitely leans towards individual pedals, and from what I gather a lot of guitarists feel the same…

So initially I approached this unit with that type of discriminating attitude before trying it out!

Okay, since I am used to simple stomp boxes, I found the controls a little hard to use.

So after I watched some YouTube clips to figure out how to dial this thing in, I had to put in at least 30 mins before getting about good 12 sounds set up, but after that it was pretty easy.

So when I was relatively happy with my set up I thought I’d try an A/B tests against a Big Muff and a couple of other pedals, and I must say that this unit did better than I originally thought it could do.

Actually, if it were a blind test (I am running into a Valvetone handwired amp so a very good quality tube tone is helping!!) and this was set up with the right settings dialed in, you could probably be fooled on quite a few of the settings when comparing this unit to their stomp box equivalent.

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Digitech Bad Monkey – A Pedal that Polarizes!

The Bad Monkey Overdrive pedal by Digitech, is probably one of the most famed and well-known cheapo pedals out there, but funnily enough it polarizes a Lot of guitarists, and in some cases quite vehemently too.

Digitech Bad Monkey Overdrive Pedal

Digitech Bad Monkey Overdrive Pedal

The problem with the Digitech Bad Monkey is that, for about $45 or so, it actually sounds very, very good! You see, because some guitarists invest $200+ on a boutique pedal, they often feel obliged to defend their investment (who can blame them?) and the Tone Wars continue!

Digitech used to be known as DOD and they do have some pretty cool gear, but unfortunately they are not known for being a high-end company.

Perhaps having ‘Digi‘ in their company name doesn’t help, making them sound all digital and cheap or something, maybe if they changed their name to, ‘AnalTech‘ it might make them sound all Analog and high-end and pure…;-)

Okay, enough waffle… The Digitech Bad Monkey is a pretty straight forward pedal, finished in green, with controls being…

  • Level
  • Low
  • High
  • Gain.

So straight up this is a TS9 Tube Screamer type pedal with the usual mid hump that you get with these pedals. But the thing is with this pedal, it gives you some extra tone sculpting features so you can raise the Lows a bit, or give the Highs a bit more sparkle which can help iron out that hump that some guitarists don’t like.

DigiTech Bad Monkey Distortion Guitar Effect Pedal

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Big White Monkey Kong 5 watt Valve Head – A little Tweed number!

I have done a few reviews for Big White Monkey’s gear, mainly their effects pedals, so lets take a look into their 5 watt valve head, the Big White Monkey Kong.

Before I share my thoughts, lets first have a look at our Guitar Gas video review. Darren is playing a <a< span=””> title=”Check out all of the Made in Japan posts…” href=””>made in Japan Fernandes ‘The Revival‘ 62RI Stratocaster Copy fitted out with Fender Custom Shop Fat 50s pickups. The Kong is plugged into a Fargen 1×12 speaker cab fitted with a 30watt 70th anniversary special edition G12H Vintage Series Celestion speaker.

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2009 Epiphone Sheraton II EB – Timeless Class and Versatility

Ahh, the Jazzy Class of the Epiphone Sheraton II EB. Finished in a beautiful glossy black, with awesome headstock inlays. This guitar looks just fantastic on a guitar stand, let alone how she performs when playing the thing!

2009 Epiphone Sheraton in Black

2009 Epiphone Sheraton in Black

1965 Epiphone Sheraton Natural Finish Vintage Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar w/OHSC

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Biyang FZ10 Fuzz Star – No Fizz just kick ass Fuzz!

Now I think this is the fifth or sixth pedal I have reviewed from Biyang, and I must say that this is another great bargain priced pedal. Now I don’t wear rose-colored glasses where every product I review is fantastic and I only look at the benefits. But really, in summary (just in case you get bored and don’t read anymore!) this is like a Muff Fuzz in a pedal, but with a little more clarity, more compact and way more fun as it is way cheaper!

Lets have a listen to how she sounds in Darrens video demo below… The amp in the video is a Fender ’59 Bassman LTD (Lacquered Tweed) 4×10 Jensen 45W combo and the guitar he is using is Jeremy’s Aria Pro II Strikin Sounds ST54, before he started his relic project, which is fitted with Fender Custom Shop 56 NOS pickups.

BIYANG LiveMaster Series DR -151 Delay Reverb Module

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Okay, reviews are subjective I know, but when you plug it in (especially through a valve amp) and crank it, you won’t know that the Biyang FZ10 Fuzz Star is a $65 pedal!
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