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Articles by Charles Saufley

Pigtronix Infinity Looper Pedal Review

January 9, 2013
Infinity Looper in Series mode, moving between verse and chorus sections on loops 1 and 2. Epiphone Sheraton and Vox Pathfinder used for all loops and leads. On the
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Ravi Shankar: 1920 - 2012

December 12, 2012
The Indian sitar master who profoundly influenced the work of the Beatles, John Coltrane, and the Byrds—and, by extension, a large swath of modern music—died Tuesday, December 11 at age 92.
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DVD Review: Mudhoney - "Live in Berlin, 1988"

December 10, 2012
Indeed, Live in Berlin is one of those artifacts that should forever alter the popular creation myth around Nevermind and the year that punk broke.
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L.R. Baggs M80 Pickup Review

December 10, 2012
From heavy flatpicked strumming to delicate fingerstyle, the L.R. Baggs M80 soundhole pickup is a worthwhile investment that represents a pretty sweet value for any application.
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Album Review: Neil Young and Crazy Horse - "Psychedelic Pill"

December 10, 2012
Young’s latest, Psychedelic Pill, is a ferociously stubborn assertion that he has no intent to waver from his commitment to feeling, art, or for that matter, artlessness if that’s what moves him.
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Martin OM-28E Retro Acoustic Guitar Review

November 5, 2012
With the OM-28E Retro Acoustic Guitar, there’s no denying that Martin and Fishman have created a formidable stage and studio instrument that bristles with pure Martin beauty and vintage glow.
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Voodoo Lab Giggity Pedal Review

November 5, 2012
The Voodoo Lab Giggity pedal consolidates a wealth of troubleshooting and tone-problem-solving power into a single, easy-to-use package.
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Fender American Vintage '65 Jazzmaster Electric Guitar Review

October 16, 2012
The Jazzmaster is relatively en vogue these days, thanks in no small part to once-fringe players like Nels Cline, Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo and Thurston Moore, and a host
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Album Review: Ty Segall - "Twins"

October 8, 2012
Ty Segall Twins Drag City As the reigning prince of the West Coast garage movement, Ty Segall is nuttily prolific, and his newest album, Twins, might be his most cohesive
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Gibson J-45 Purevoice Custom Limited Edition Acoustic Guitar Review

October 8, 2012
The Gibson J-45 PureVoice Custom Limited Edition isn’t cheap, but it''s a versatile guitar that can grow and move with you through a multitude of styles and performance situations.
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Malekko Plus Ultra 213 Pedal Review

October 8, 2012
With the Malekko Plus Ultra 213’s potential to move between searing bumble-bee fuzz and creamier near-overdrive tones, it’s easy to imagine players making this their go-to fuzz.
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EarthQuaker Devices Organizer Pedal Review

September 5, 2012
One of the things that sets Akron, Ohio’s EarthQuaker Devices apart is a very broad view of what the guitar can do and the many shapes that music can
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Wren and Cuff Box of War Pedal Review

September 5, 2012
Once dismissed as might-as-well-be-paperweights in the Big Muff ranks, Sovtek-era Muffs have, over the last decade, become legends in their own right. The reverence is well deserved. Neo-psychedelic and
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Stomp Under Foot The Pi Pedal Review

September 5, 2012
Without much fanfare, Stomp Under Foot’s Matt Pasquerella has become one of the foremost Muff-clone specialists in the known universe. The Massachusetts-turned-Florida builder’s pedals certainly aren’t the flashiest. But
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Strymon Flint Pedal Review

September 5, 2012
With only a few simple tweaks, Strymon''s Flint reverb and tremolo pedal is capable of producing sounds from gutter-tough noir moods, to sun-bleached surfscapes, to time-and-space-stretching ambience.
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EarthQuaker Devices Rainbow Machine Pedal Review

August 10, 2012
The huge range of unique, practical, and downright bonkers sounds within the Rainbow Machine makes it an ideal studio tool that can transform hooks and solos from ordinary to arresting.
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Album Review: Six Organs of Admittance

August 10, 2012
Recorded with engineer Tim Green and Chasny’s cohorts from Comets on Fire, the album resurrects a project that began 10 years ago as Electric Six Organs.
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Rainger FX Dr Freakenstein Fuzz Pedal Review

August 10, 2012
While it’s easiest to envision it as a recording tool, the ferociously loud and cutting voice of the Dr Freakenstein Fuzz makes it a great candidate for live situations where you’re less interested in tonal purity.
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Deimel Firestar Electric Guitar Review

August 10, 2012
The artistically executed Deimel Firestar is an amazing rock ’n’ roll guitar that was also built with the limitless possibilities of noise rock in mind.
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Crushsound Farmer's Mill Pedal Review

July 9, 2012
Sometimes, in the quest for buttery, singing, and perfect diamond-like tones, you can forget about the twisted potential of stompboxes, how beautifully demented their creators can be, and what
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