October 2016

Articles by Charles Saufley

Summer NAMM '13 - Lakland 55-14 5-String Demo

July 13, 2013
Hear a demo of Lakland's newest bass -- the 55-14 5-string model.
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Summer NAMM '13 - TC-Helicon Harmony Singer

July 13, 2013
Hear a demo of TC Helicon's newest effects pedal -- the Harmony Singer.
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GALLERY: Summer NAMM 2013 - Day 2

July 13, 2013
What our editors saw on day 2 of Summer NAMM in Nashville.
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Summer NAMM '13 - Silvertone Jupiter & 1449 Demos

July 12, 2013
Hear demos of Silvertone's newest guitar reissues -- the Jupiter and 1449 (the amp-in-the-case guitar).
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Summer NAMM '13 - Gibson 1934 Original Jumbo Demo

July 12, 2013
Catch a demo of Gibson's newest acoustic -- the 1934 Original Jumbo
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GALLERY: Summer NAMM 2013 - Day 1

July 12, 2013
Our editors pick their favorites from the 2013 Summer NAMM floor.
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Earthquaker Devices Disaster Transport SR Pedal Review

July 11, 2013
This twin delay with reverb and modulation moves from vintage echo tones to endlessly unfolding realms of the bizarre with an ease that doesn’t require extra appendages.
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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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Fender Acoustic Custom Shop Tour

May 30, 2013
PG's Charles Saufley is in New Hartford, Connecticut, where he tours the Fender Acoustic Custom Shop to talk with master luthier Tim Shaw, product manager Jim Bryant, and other craftspeople behind these fine flattops.
PG's Charles Saufley is in New Hartford, Connecticut, where he tours the Fender Acoustic Custom Shop to talk with master luthier Tim Shaw, product manager Jim Bryant, and other craftspeople behind these fine flattops.

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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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Ibanez Echo Shifter Pedal Review

May 11, 2013
It''s the smart layout and functionality of the controls that make the Ibanez Echo Shifter a standout and help bridge the gap between modern stompbox practicality and the quirky joys of tape delay and analog synths.
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Hartman Electronics Silicon Crystal Valve Pedal Review

April 15, 2013
The new Silicon Crystal Valve from Hartman Electronics is based in significant measure to the Colorsound Supa Tone Bender, and like the original, it’s a cool twist on a classic sound that’s full of unique fuzz flavors.
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