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Articles by Charles Saufley

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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Dunlop JBF3 Joe Bonamassa Signature Fuzz Face Pedal Review

December 21, 2010
The handwired, germanium JBF3 is tailor-made for any guitarist interested in walking Bonamassa’s blues-rock path and beyond.
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Toshihiko Tanabe Dumkudo Overdrive Pedal Review

December 21, 2010
The Dumkudo overdrive by Toshihiko Tanabe is one of those seemingly living, breathing pieces of musical gear that will talk back to you, point you down a different path, and holler encouragement.
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CD Review: Group Inerane - "Guitars From Agadez, Vol. 3"

December 21, 2010
Guitars from Agadez Vol. 3 is essentially a field recording of a band making supremely intense, imaginative, and original guitar music in the face of no-joke, real-world adversity.
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Sonic Edge Tumbleweed Pedal Review

November 16, 2010
The Tumbleweed compressor expands the dynamic range of low and high watt amps
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CD Review: Grinderman - "Grinderman II"

November 16, 2010
Nick Cave''s Grinderman''s latest has an extra helping of sinister savagery
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Eko Ghost VI Electric Guitar Review

November 16, 2010
An affordable rendition of the classic Vox Phantom shape
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A/DA Flanger Reissue Pedal Review

November 16, 2010
An impressive recreation of the original that take you from subtle to wild
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MXR '75 Vintage Phase 45 Pedal Review

October 20, 2010
Reissue of a lesser-known classic
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CD Review: Rory Gallagher - "The Beat Club Sessions"

October 20, 2010
A showcase for the talents of Rory Gallagher
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Zakk Wylde: Dead on Target

October 20, 2010
Armed with his arsenal of bull’s-eye-themed axes and fresh on the heels of his 10th release with Black Label Society, Zakk Wylde proves he’s still one of the hungriest men of metal—even if he wouldn’t mind writing a tune for Britney Spears or the Eagles.
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5 Boutique Stompbox Builders You Should Know

October 20, 2010
They’re a little crazy. They’re a little obsessive. And they relentlessly pursue both the tones you crave and those no one’s heard yet. That’s why they’re among the most impressive pedal builders in the world today.
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Jack Deville Buzzmaster Fuzz Pedal Review

October 20, 2010
A lot of fuzz flavors in one box
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Radial Engineering Bones Vienna Chorus Pedal Review

October 20, 2010
Durable dual-mode chorus with wide range
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The Sword: Spaced-Out Texas Boogie Metal

September 21, 2010
After two albums walking the line between heavy rock and metal, J.D. Cronise and Kyle Shutt of the Sword unabashedly indulge their taste for riffs and grooves with Warp Riders.
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Daniel Lanois: The Man with the Midas Touch

September 21, 2010
Whether producing Neil Young, U2, and Bob Dylan, or shaping mysterious guitar textures in Black Dub, Daniel Lanois uses soul and sonic alchemy to create some of the most beautiful and distinctive sounds in rock.
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CD Review: Dwarr - "Animals" (reissue)

September 21, 2010
A second look at the 1986 masterpiece
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