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Articles by Charles Saufley

Wren and Cuff Caprid Pedal Review

July 9, 2012
The art of stompbox cloning is, at best, an inexact science. A lot of the most classic pedals vary wildly from specimen to specimen—mocking that pillar of empirical science,
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Dreadnought Acoustic Roundup: Guild, Martin, Recording King, Seagull, and Blueridge

June 8, 2012
Five dreads under $1000: Guild D-150, Martin D-1GT, Recording King RD-316, Seagull Maritime SWS Rosewood SG, and Blueridge BR-140A
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Fender Pawn Shop Special Excelsior and Greta Amp Reviews

May 23, 2012
And though the Excalibur and Greta differ significantly in terms of look and function, each is a ticket to funky realms that can prompt inspiration and fresh thinking about tone, recording, and performance possibilities.
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Rivera Sustain Shaman Compressor Pedal Review

May 11, 2012
The Rivera Sustain Shaman is dynamic, highly tailorable, offers colors from subtle to strong, and has more than a few tricks up its sleeve.
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Taylor 710ce Rosewood Acoustic Guitar Review

May 11, 2012
The Taylor 710ce Rosewood is a great reminder of how good a Taylor can play, feel, and sound when there’s nary an amp or PA for miles around.
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Gibson Jeff Tweedy Signature SG '61 Electric Guitar Review

May 11, 2012
The Gibson SG has served all kinds of guitarists since replacing the Les Paul as Gibson’s front-line solidbody in 1961. But for most players, the devil-horned, mahogany SG screams
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Album Review: Neil Young - "Americana"

May 11, 2012
On "Americana," Young frees himself from the constraints of original material, focusing instead on the textures and raw, adrenal possibilities of his greatest band, Crazy Horse, and a fistful of American folk standards.
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Transatlantic Tone Toys: Musikmesse 2012

May 11, 2012
Can’t afford the thousands of bucks it’d take to visit the world’s biggest gear show? No problem. Premier Guitar will take you there, show you the goods, and spare you both the jet lag and the raging tinnitus.
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Fender Johnny Marr Signature Jaguar Guitar Review

April 6, 2012
When Fender gave Marr a chance to come up with his own version of the design, he responded with a smart, thoughtful, superbly executed take on this much-misunderstood, and ultra-expressive instrument.
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Blueridge BG-2500 Super Jumbo Acoustic Guitar Review

April 6, 2012
Blueridge’s BG-2500 Super Jumbo, reviewed here, isn’t a strict reinterpretation of Gibson’s grande dame, it riffs on the concept in a positively celebratory way that looks fantastic and results in some very big and rich sounds too.
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BilT Guitars El Hombre Electric Guitar Review

March 20, 2012
Fusing influences from pawn shop prize to 1970s Fender and more, the El Hombre is both bold and familiar.
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BilT Guitars S.S. Zaftig Electric Guitar Review

March 9, 2012
Fender’s also-ran guitars of yesteryear aren’t such also-rans these days. While vintage Stratocasters and Telecasters are out of reach for most folks who don’t have a CEO after their
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Fearlessly Forward: Lee Ranaldo

March 9, 2012
Amid uncertainty about Sonic Youth’s future, intrepid alt-rock pioneer Lee Ranaldo plows ahead with Between the Times and the Tides—a solo LP that finds the Jazzmastertoting icon collaborating with Nels Cline and avantrock composer Alan Licht on songs that deftly bridge pop, avant, and the singersongwriter ethos.
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Winter NAMM 2012

February 10, 2012
Editor’s top picks from Anaheim—the cream of the crop in cutting-edge gear.
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MXR Custom Badass Modified O.D. Pedal Review

February 10, 2012
Like many aspects of guitar-gear engineering, the pursuit of perfect overdrive stirs religious fervor and consumes intellectual assets typically allotted to papal edicts and nanophysics. But whether you consider
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Spaceman Gemini III Dual Fuzz Generator Pedal Review

January 10, 2012
This beautiful—and beautifully built—fuzz isn’t a clone of anything. But it is positively packed with fuzz voices generated by parallel germanium and silicon circuits that can be independently operated, blended, and tailored to create a technicolor circus of buzz, grind, fizz, fuzz, and crunch.
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Eight Decades of Rickenbacker

January 10, 2012
There is no denying Rickenbacker’s status as one of the four or five most important electric guitar companies of all time.
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Mario Guitars Serpentine 2 Electric Guitar Review

January 10, 2012
The sounds you can extract from the hyperlight, super-playable, and sweet-sounding guitar can range from beautifully familiar to revelatory—and just might change the way you see and hear the potential in shortscale, Fender-style solidbodies.
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Martin 000-15SM Acoustic Guitar Review

December 20, 2011
Believe it or not, there are days as a gear reviewer where you’ll scream if you have to tweak another knob, dial in another tone, split another coil, troubleshoot
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Fender EC Twinolux Amp Review

December 20, 2011
What’s remarkable about the EC Twinolux is how, like so many great Fender amps, it can be a beautiful blank slate for anything.
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