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Articles by Joe Charupakorn

Lotus Yellow Pedal Review

October 18, 2011
Within the Yellow’s unfinished enclosure, you’ll find such top-quality components as Neutrik jacks, Alpha pots, Teflon-coated wiring, and all-analog circuitry.
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Gibson Firebird X Electric Guitar Review

October 4, 2011
If you remove any preconceived notions or expectations, the Firebird X is a pretty cool guitar, both in sound and function.
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Dream Theater: Drama Kings

September 20, 2011
Dream Theater’s twin shred deities—guitarist John Petrucci and bassist John Myung—discuss the hoopla over founding drummer Mike Portnoy’s departure, their tendon-thrashing hand workouts, and the recording of their latest epic, A Dramatic Turn of Events.
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B.C. Rich Beginnings

September 20, 2011
How a small retail shop in L.A. morphed into becoming a builder of the most radical designs of the 1970s and ’80s—and then managed to redefine Reagan-era metal guitar.
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Interview: Anthrax - The Long Road to Worship Music

September 12, 2011
Scott Ian, Rob Caggiano, and Charlie Benante discuss the long-awaited, new studio release from Anthrax, reuniting with original singer Joey Belladonna, and how an Anthrax song comes together.
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Matt Schofield: Blues Man With No Master Plan

August 16, 2011
British blues sensation Matt Schofield says he was just following his muse when he took a trio of chances with his new album, "Anything But Time," but in the process he’s set off a 21st-century blues invasion of the highest order.
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Interview: Keb' Mo' - Reflections

July 25, 2011
Bluesman Keb’ Mo’ talks about his workingman’s approach to gear, his new record company, and what it’s like to win (and lose) a Grammy.
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Last Chance to Reason: The Other M

July 19, 2011
Maine-based mathcore brainiacs Last Chance to Reason meld face-melting chops with mind-bending music theory and their own epic "Metroid"-style video game to mutate every notion you have about youth, metal, and gaming culture.
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Interview: Elliot Easton - Hello Again

May 9, 2011
The Cars'' Elliot Easton talks about reuniting with his chart-topping new wave bandmates and using a bunch of guitars from his amazing collection to record their classic-sounding new album, Move Like This.
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Interview: Moving Mountains - Making Waves

May 4, 2011
Greg Dunn and Frank Graniero of Moving Mountains talk gear, recording, and balancing a full-time tour schedule while still in college.
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