December 2016

Articles by Charles Saufley

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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Stomp Under Foot Red Menace Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
Based off of the very first Sovtek Muff, which wasn’t a Muff at all—it was an almost identical pedal, misleadingly named the Red Army Overdrive.
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Juliet Collective Circadia Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
The Circadia polyrhythmic auto wah is the perfect embodiment of the Juliet Collective’s philosophy. Not every player will find a need for one, but those who do are likely to cover interesting new ground.
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Earthquaker Devices Bit Commander Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
The Bit Commander analog guitar synthesizer has an amazing capacity for enhancing melody lines, retaining definition in a variety of musical situations, and making sounds that, in the right context, sound just plain beautiful.
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Way Huge Ring Worm Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
The Ringworm''s twisted harmonic output is unmistakably synth like. It rarely does exactly what you expect, and at times it can feel like the musical equivalent of wrestling a greased pig.
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DVD Review: Iggy and the Stooges - "Raw Power Live"

October 18, 2011
James Williamson, who took over the guitar throne for Asheton for the band’s most famous album, 1972’s Raw Power, was back in the fold when the band performed the record in its entirety at the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in Monticello, New York.
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Bert Jansch, 1943-2011

October 5, 2011
Jansch spent most of his career as a solo artist, but he also achieved international notoriety through his membership in folk-jazz supergroup Pentangle, which included fellow fingerstyle ace John Renbourn.
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