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Charles Saufley

Charles Saufley

Gear Editor Charles Saufley is a career writer and editor from San Francisco. Before joining Premier Guitar he served as Associate Editor at Acoustic Guitar magazine (where his predecessor was esteemed PG Editor in Chief Shawn Hammond.) He became music obsessed not long after birth—thanks in no small part to older siblings who ‘babysat’ him with a set of headphones, Revolver, and Sticky Fingers. Charles still spends a lot of time listening to records. And his many git-fiddle heroes include Roger McGuinn, Pete Townshend, Tom Verlaine, Eddie Phillips, Nokie Edwards, Gabor Szabo, John Cippolina, Randy Holden, Erkin Koray, Greg Ginn, and Sonic Youth.

ARTICLES

SolidGoldFX Horizon Compressor Review

June 15, 2016
An optical compressor that goes way beyond a gentle squeeze.
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Cole Clark FL2EC-BLBL-AE Review

June 14, 2016
This Australian blackwood dreadnought dishes distinctive flattop tones with style.
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Martin D Jr. Review

June 13, 2016
Martin shrinks its signature body shape, upending expectations of what a travel guitar can deliver.
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Quick Hit: Electro-Harmonix Super Pulsar

June 1, 2016
This potent evolution of the original Pulsar generates tasty vintage tones and extraterrestrial textures.
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Ringside at the OD Rodeo: 5 Dirt Pedal Reviews

May 31, 2016
This roundup of kickin' overdrives showcases classic sounds and new directions in grit.
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Quick Hit: Strymon Dig Dual Digital Delay

May 15, 2016
This powerful, ’80s-inspired stompbox spawns echo tones that transcend eras.
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Quick Hit: Keeley Sojourner Fuzz/Reverb Machine Review

May 12, 2016
Beautifully integrated fuzz and reverb conspire in a bubbling-over box of shoegaze delights.
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Quick Hit: Soldano Supercharger GTO

April 27, 2016
Soldano’s much-loved beast-in-a-box overdrive makes a triumphant return.
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T-Rex Replicator Tape Echo Review

April 24, 2016
Compact and crazily expressive tape echo might be the most fun you’ll have with delay since you left your Echoplex by the dumpster.
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Boss VB-2W Waza Craft Vibrato Review

April 15, 2016
A beloved and short-lived Boss pitch wobbler makes a triumphant return.
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Quick Hit: KHDK Ghoul Screamer

April 10, 2016
A hot-rodded TS-style box that scores high in versatility.
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Quick Hit: Vick Audio V-2 Distortion

March 29, 2016
Vick Audio’s take on an elusive and pricey Pete Cornish classic churns up buttery, delicious overdrive and low- to mid-gain distortion.
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Quick Hit: Chellee Odie Classic Overdrive

March 27, 2016
Diode switching, enhanced EQ voicing, and wide-ranging controls conspire in an overdrive of expansive potential.
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Quick Hit: Big Tone Music Brewery Gray Box Overdrive Review

March 25, 2016
This '70s-style stomp mates a powerfully sculpting EQ to a muscular, malleable output.
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Magnetic Effects White Atom Fuzz Review

March 14, 2016
This germanium/silicon hybrid fuzz ranges from classically tough to twistedly demented.
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Quick Hit: MXR Carbon Copy Bright

March 8, 2016
Enhanced top end makes this take on a classic delay a cool way to bridge the digital/analog divide.
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Quick Hit: Red Iron Amps Pedal Pusher

February 28, 2016
Heavy-duty and cleverly flexible preamp delivers subtle but super-effective signal enhancement.
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Quick Hit: F-Pedals Eddie Kramer Series PhazeVibe Lite

February 22, 2016
A light and compact modulation machine that delivers unique phase and vibrato textures.
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Thorpy FX Fallout Cloud Review

February 18, 2016
The Rolls Royce of Muff clones delivers unique tone-shaping capabilities and incredible articulation.
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Mojo Hand Fx El Guapo Review

February 8, 2016
This silicon fuzz uses interactive controls and variable voltage to yield a fantastic array of shape-shifting sounds.
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