October 2016

Articles by Charles Saufley

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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GALLERY: Musikmesse 2011

April 13, 2011
New, cool, innovative, and oddball gear from Frankfurt''s Musikmesse show.
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TC Electronic TonePrint Flashback Delay and Looper, Shaker Vibrato, Vortex Flanger, and Corona Chorus Pedal Reviews

March 15, 2011
The TonePrint concept is about options and enabling curious guitarists to shop for sounds, check ’em out, and try new ones—almost like a sonic Netflix.
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Taylor Guitars Doyle Deluxe Acoustic Guitar Review

March 15, 2011
An acoustic/electric with a solid spruce top and laminated maple back and sides, and a slick, fast feel that will make any aspiring Doyle feel ready to roll.
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Fano Guitars JM6 Electric Guitar Review

February 15, 2011
A distressed and comfortable Jazzmaster-style instrument with gritty P-90s
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Stone Deaf FX PDF-1 Parametric Distortion Filter Pedal Review

February 15, 2011
The PDF-1 pays tribute to the Mastro Parametric Filter
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Boomerang Musical Products Boomerang III Phrase Sampler Pedal Review

January 17, 2011
Download Example 1 Lead over looped section, which is switched to reverse and then Octave-down function in the fadeout. Clip recorded with Fender Jaguar and Vox Pathfinder. A looper
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Eastwood Guitars Warren Ellis Signature Tenor Guitar Review

January 17, 2011
Warren Ellis'' signature Eastwood is a 4-string tenor electric that opens sonic frontiers typically ignored by 6-string acolytes.
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CD Review: Purling Hiss - "Hissteria"

January 17, 2011
Hissteria is brimming with Motor City riffery fished from a murky pond polluted by the melted vinyl of old Stooges, Alice Cooper, and Bob Seger System LPs.
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Guild D-50 Standard Acoustic Guitar Review

January 17, 2011
The D-50 Standard is one of two dreadnoughts in Guild’s Standard series—a line of New Hartford-built guitars the company introduced as more affordable alternatives to the more feature-laden Traditional series guitars.
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Faustine Phantom Dx2 Attenuator Review

January 6, 2011
Faustine''s Phantom Dx2 cuts level by -2, -4, -6, or -10 dB, or removes it entirely with speaker simulation.
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