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Articles by Charles Saufley

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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Orbit Electronix Psychoplex Pedal Review

December 20, 2011
The sound was great for smoky, nourishing, bluesy jazz moves—adding a little mystery and attitude to hanging octaves and half-step slides.
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Fender EC Tremolux Amp Review

December 13, 2011
The new hand-wired EC Tremolux delivers greater-than-the-sum-of-its-parts clout with a super hip tremolo circuit and power attenuation capabilities.
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GALLERY: Rickenbacker Factory Tour

December 6, 2011
Go inside Rickenbacker’s Santa Ana facility and see how their guitars are made and see some of the historic instruments in their collection.
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Electro-Harmonix Ravish Sitar Pedal Review

November 15, 2011
Don’t let the Sitar pedal handle mislead you—this thing is a deep bag of tricks and treats.
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Rainsong S-OM1000N2 Studio Series OM Acoustic Guitar Review

November 15, 2011
The RainSong Studio Series OM is a sturdy, balanced, playable, and well-proportioned instrument that’s perfect for any serious guitarist that’s always on the run.
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Earthquaker Devices Dispatch Master Pedal Review

October 20, 2011
The combination of the digital delay in reverb makes this an exceedingly flexible and beautiful sounding texturizing tool.
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Build Your Own Clone Scrambled Octave Pedal Review

October 20, 2011
Like the original Ampeg Scrambler, the Scrambled Octave is a unique and often unruly little monster.
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Strymon Timeline Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
Strymon says the TimeLine is inspired by studio-grade outboard delays, and the pedal’s super-functional and get-down-to-business control layout is a reflection of the muse.
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Black Cat Bee Buzz Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
The recently resurrected Black Cat Bee Buzz is a brilliant beam of stinging light in the world of brawny, super high-gain fuzzes.
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