October 2016

Articles by Charles Saufley

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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Collings 290 DC S Electric Guitar Review

September 20, 2011
This is a Collings through-and-through—a guitar that significantly refines one of the most elegantly simple templates in electric-guitar history.
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DVD Review: Deep Purple "Phoenix Rising"

August 16, 2011
Phoenix Rising captures a potentially mind-blowing manifestation of the band storming Japan in December 1975, but this version of Deep Purple rarely catches fire in the manner of the classic Machine Head–era unit.
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Richmond Guitars Empire Mahogany Electric Guitar Review

August 16, 2011
Richmond’s latest, the Empire, rocks with a no-frills, budget-lux combination of appointments and playability that’s the stuff of pawnshop sleepers and minor classics like the Gibson Melody Maker.
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Summer NAMM 2011: Southern Gear Fry

August 16, 2011
Industry insiders often foretell doom for the Summer NAMM show, which isn’t nearly as hectic and harried as the Winter show in Anaheim, but "PG" descended on Nashville en masse and found a treasure trove of hot new gear.
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CD Review: White Denim - "D"

July 19, 2011
If you ever see Austin’s White Denim live, there’s a fair chance that at some point in the evening you’ll witness the most rippin’ band on the planet.
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Batson Guitar Co. No. 5 Acoustic Guitar Review

July 19, 2011
Evolution is slow in the guitar universe. And when you consider how many 50-year-old instruments—or even 150-year-old instruments—have come to represent design “perfection,” you can understand why. But while
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Vox TB35C2 Bruno Amp Review

July 19, 2011
For those expecting these latest Voxes to be an Underground 30 lurking in diamond grille-cloth clothing, the TB35C2 may be a surprise. With four 6V6s, it’s unmistakably American-voiced at its core—even with twin, 65-watt Celestion G12-65 12" speakers.
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Simon & Patrick Woodland Pro Folk Sunburst Acoustic Guitar Review

July 13, 2011
This solid wood, Canadian-built acoustic is impressively priced around $750. However, it''s the interesting body size and neck profile that have the potential to drive your playing to new places.
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Innovative Luthier Travis Bean Dies at 63

July 11, 2011
Bean''s aluminum-necked guitars and basses became favorites of platinum-selling 1970s superstars and underground sonic iconoclasts alike
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Fret-King Super-Matic Guitar Review

June 14, 2011
In terms of ease of use and versatility, the Super-Matic may be the most elegant and practical stab at a self-tuning system yet.
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