Samick Motherlode

December 2014

Articles by Charles Saufley

Factory Tour: Fender Acoustic Custom Shop • Guild Guitars • Ovation

June 18, 2013
On the shores of the Farmington River in New Hartford, Connecticut, three legendary acoustic brands have amassed a formidable army of guitar-building talent that seems destined to take flattops into a new golden age.
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Humphrey Espresso 15 Acoustic Amp Review

June 11, 2013
A stylish, EL84-driven acoustic amp with touch and tones aplenty whether you’re a technique-obsessed finger-stylist or a simple strummer.
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5 Small-Body Flattop Acoustics Under $1000

May 30, 2013
Five guitars representing the better percentage of classic small-body styles: Epiphone EL-00 Pro, Simon & Patrick Woodland Pro Parlor, Guild M-120, Loar LO-215, and Martin 000X1AE.
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Epiphone EL-00 Pro Acoustic Guitar Review

May 28, 2013
The Epiphone version of the Gibson L-00 captures much of the barking, husky sonic appeal that grabbed the ears of everyone from Robert Johnson to Bob Dylan.
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Guild M-120 Acoustic Guitar Review

May 28, 2013
The beautifully balanced M-120 feels a little less soft in its response than most mahogany guitars this size and delivers lots of low-end output when you least expect it.
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Martin 000X1AE Acoustic Guitar Review

May 28, 2013
The 000X1 sounds like it was made for fingerpicking and it rewards a nuanced touch and inventive fingerstyle techniques.
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Simon & Patrick Woodland Pro Parlor Sunburst HG Acoustic Guitar Review

May 28, 2013
The diminutive Woodland Pro parlor generates a bottom end full of overtones, body, and dimension, with mind-blowing sustain.
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Loar LO-215 Acoustic Guitar Review

May 28, 2013
The LO-215 is a country-blues machine that's percussive and snappy with a nice midrange honk that’s just plain funky.
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Taylor 518E Acoustic Guitar Review

May 11, 2013
For players who use a dynamic and generally light fingerstyle approach, the Taylor 518e is a wonderland of color, overtones, and rich, low-end throb that can make a solo composition sound massive and lend body to a spare band mix.
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TSVG Angry Jeff Pedal Review

May 11, 2013
The TSVG Angry Jeff fuzz is a handbuilt stompbox of exceptional quality and a welcome deviation from the norm.
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