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Articles by Charles Saufley

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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Ruppert Musical Instruments Acouswitch IQ DI Review

April 15, 2013
With a very effective EQ, rugged construction, and features like the body contour control that will help you manage the most harrowing feedback and garbage-PA situations, the compact Acouswitch IQ DI a powerful, performance tool.
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Breedlove Oregon Series C20/SMYe Acoustic Guitar Review

April 15, 2013
Bound to appeal to a wide swath of fingerstylists and singer-songwriters, Breedlove''s new Oregon Series C20/SMYe has enough range to sound feather-delicate or downright propulsive.
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Spaceman Saturn V Harmonic Booster Pedal Review

April 15, 2013
For those who relish the profound shifts in color and mood that a little volume or tone knob tweak can provide, the Saturn V Harmonic Booster has the potential to be a very special, even indispensable piece of gear.
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Remembering Andy Johns

April 8, 2013
Johns, who died Sunday at age 61, is perhaps most famously identified for engineering landmark LPs from Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones in the early ’70s,
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Godin Montreal Premiere Electric Guitar Review

March 11, 2013
Godin''s Montreal Premiere is a cool deviation from established semi-hollow design templates that''s beautifully built and delivers a more playable, comfortable, and unique sounding guitar.
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Album Review: My Bloody Valentine - "mbv"

March 11, 2013
Like a mirror to the sprawling gestation period that gave rise to mbv, notions like hooks, tempo, mix, and melody exist in their own exploded, drifting reality.
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Wham, Bam, Thank You, NAMM!

March 11, 2013
The Sexiest Gear from the Year''s Biggest Show
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Remembering Alvin Lee: 1944 - 2013

March 6, 2013
Alvin Lee passed away this morning after complications from routine surgery at age 68, leaving behind a legacy as the godfather of fast-and-heavy British blues.
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Takamine P3MC Acoustic Guitar Review

February 4, 2013
The new Japan-crafted Takamine P3MC is a fine example of how a stage-centric, amplification-oriented acoustic can be forward looking while retaining a lot of vintage-style sound and construction virtues.
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Epiphone 1962 Sheraton E212T Semi-Hollow Guitar Review

February 4, 2013
The new Epiphone 1962 Sheraton E2125 is one of the coolest convergences of vintage feel, playability, and value we’ve seen in a long time.
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TC Electronic Ditto Looper Pedal Review

January 30, 2013
The Ditto Looper is a pedal of immense musical potential that can stretch your sound palate and inspire composition while remaining entirely intuitive.
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Strymon Mobius Pedal Review

January 16, 2013
The Mobius is a pedal of very deep capabilities that exponentially widens the sound potential of a pedalboard, opens up studio and production possibilities, and can inspire whole tunes.
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Way Huge Supa-Puss Pedal Review

January 9, 2013
If you’re a guitarist who wears a lot of hats—ambient texturalist one night, roots rocker the next—the Supa-Puss analog delay may just be the one pedal that stays in your rig for every occasion.
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