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December 2014

Articles by Charles Saufley

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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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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