August

Articles by Charles Saufley

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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Neo Instruments Ventilator Rotary Pedal Review

June 14, 2011
If Neo Instruments Ventilator rotary cabinet simulator is any indication, DSP technology—aided by some very inspired and obsessive engineers—has taken another important step in bridging the gap.
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Musikmesse 2011: Achtung Babies

May 17, 2011
"Premier Guitar" hops over the Atlantic to Frankfurt, Germany, to drool over teeming aisles full of attention getting new gear at Musikmesse 2011—the world’s biggest gear show.
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Eventide Space Reverb Pedal Review

May 17, 2011
As any Gregorian monk worth his robe can tell you, reverb is one of the most effective effects you can use to enliven an otherwise dull and not-happenin’ tone.
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Hallmark Guitars Johnny Ramone Guitar Review

May 17, 2011
No one ever mistook Johnny Ramone for Django Reinhardt. But while Johnny wasn’t the most technically adroit guitarist ever, it would be hard to overstate his impact on popular
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Rig Rundown - Luther Dickinson

May 11, 2011
PG's Charles Saufley is On Location at the Roxy in Hollywood, CA, where he catches up with North Mississippi Allstars and Black Crowes guitarist Luther Dickinson. In this segment, Luther Dickinson talks about the gear he's currently using on the North Mississippi Allstars' tour, which includes Fuch Amps, Gibson, Hagstrom, Epiphone, and Hofner hollowbody guitars, and Radial Engineering, Boss, and other guitar effects stompboxes.
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Fender Pawn Shop Series '51, '72, and Mustang Special Guitar Reviews

April 19, 2011
With their unusual, mutated features and configurations, Fender’s new Pawn Shop Series guitars—the ’51, ’72, and Mustang Special—pay homage to the spirit that made those guitars and thousands like them.
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CD Review: Kurt Vile - "Smoke Ring for My Halo"

April 19, 2011
With his hazy production predilections and a laconic vocal demeanor akin to basement Neil Young, Kurt Vile has a way of making the simplest folk-rock architecture beautiful, fresh, and darkly mysterious.
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Santa Cruz Don Edwards Cowboy Singer Guitar Review

April 19, 2011
The all mahogany-bodied, 12-fret, 00-sized Don Edwards Cowboy Singer perfectly embodies the balance between organic and exacting.
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