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Joe Charupakorn

Joe Charupakorn

New York City native Joe Charupakorn is a guitarist, author, and editor. He has interviewed the world’s biggest guitar icons including Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Yngwie Malmsteen, Carlos Santana, Neal Schon, and Dave Davies, among many others, for Premier Guitar. Additionally, he has written over 20 instructional books for Hal Leonard Corporation. His books are available worldwide and have been translated into many languages. Visit him on the web at


Cort MBC-1 Matt Bellamy Review

November 22, 2015
Cort delivers an affordable, top-quality version of a Matt Bellamy Manson.
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Pentagram's Victor Griffin: Commandeering the Low Road

November 5, 2015
The early metal innovator talks about dropped-B tuning, heavy tone, building solos, renovating songs, and his pioneering doom outfit’s improbable resurrection.
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Peavey 6505 MH Review

October 16, 2015
One of Peavey’s most iconic amps is reborn as a brutish little beast.
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EC Superswitcher II Review

September 23, 2015
EC’s compact pedal switcher is stacked with routing possibilities at a fair price.
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Soilwork: The Metal Majestic

August 25, 2015
The veteran Swedish melodic death metal band resurfaces with a revised lineup and one of their strongest albums yet.
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Ibanez Tube Screamer Mini Review

August 23, 2015
Honey, I shrunk the Screamer (and it sounds just as freakin’ good).
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PRS S2 Vela Review

July 24, 2015
Paul Reed Smith chases the offset crowd with an expressive and dynamic solidbody.
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Guthrie Govan: New Approaches

July 23, 2015
The maestro on the Aristocrats’ Tres Caballeros, pedal problems, and the other instrument he wants to master.
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Lamb Chops: The Tools and Techniques Behind Lamb of God’s Crushing Comeback Album

June 12, 2015
John Campbell, Mark Morton, and Willie Adler discuss their first release since the tragedy that nearly destroyed their band.
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DV Mark Maragold Review

March 25, 2015
Greg Howe’s signature DV Mark is a wildly adaptable two-channel, 40-watt head.
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