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Articles by Joe Charupakorn

MTD Kingston Rubicon 6-22 Review

April 15, 2014
The famed bass builder designs a super-playable solidbody.
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No Rest for the Wylde

April 7, 2014
Black Label Society and their bearded leader unleash their first album in four years.
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Aristides 070 Review

April 3, 2014
Unparalleled playability and rugged stability from a sweet-sounding, boldly styled composite 7-string.
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Black Label Society's "Catacombs of the Black Vatican" Album Review

March 28, 2014
Wylde believes in the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach and his band's ninth album doesn’t venture into uncharted territory—it’s business as usual, kicking major ass.
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Line 6 POD HD Pro X Review

March 6, 2014
Rack-mounted POD overflows with sounds.
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Reverend Horton Heat: Rompin' with the Rev

December 16, 2013
When it comes to the Reverend Horton Heat’s gear, his new album, or his live show, you can be sure everything is cranked to 10.
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Blackstar LT Dual and LT Boost Review

December 5, 2013
Two Blackstar pedals offer nuanced shades of “oomph.”
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Blackstar LT Drive, LT Dist, and LT Metal Reviews

December 3, 2013
Three new pedals from Blackstar offer powerful and dynamic distortion at bargain prices.
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Fishman TriplePlay Review

November 29, 2013
A self-contained MIDI guitar system with excellent tracking and minimal installation hassles.
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A Perfect Circle: Another Round for Billy Howerdel and James Iha

November 20, 2013
The supergroup guitarists open up about the reunion, their new recording, and revamping their road rigs.
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Eventide H9 Review

October 30, 2013
All the head-spinning sounds from Eventide stompboxes in one powerful package.
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Trivium: Vengeance Is Fine

October 27, 2013
The Florida metal foursome returns with Vengeance Falls, their most ambitious album yet.
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T-Rex Magnus Review

October 24, 2013
This streamlined and affordable multi-effect unit delivers ease and performance.
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Teaching Advice from the Pros

October 18, 2013
Paul Gilbert and Andy Timmons share their experiences as prominent guitar mentors and offer advice for learning, teaching, and playing.
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PRS Guitar on Permanent Display at NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art

October 11, 2013
Events featured appearance by Smith, performances by John McLaughlin, Ricky Skaggs, Tony McManus
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Hayden Mini MoFo Review

October 5, 2013
Hayden’s newest, smallest member of the MoFo family delivers portability and surprising power for players with rocking inclinations.
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Titans of Tremolo

October 4, 2013
A tribute to the visionaries of vibrato—from the brilliant minds that concocted its mechanics to the players who hooked us on its intoxicating effects.
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Album Review: Trivium's "Vengeance Falls"

September 18, 2013
With the help of Disturbed's Dave Draiman, the Florida quartet continues to evolve with perhaps its most diverse effort yet.
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Vox Double Deca Analog Delay Review

September 16, 2013
A colorful analog echo with ample delay time and trippy modulation options.
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Xotic Effects SL Drive Review

September 15, 2013
This tiny overdrive pedal invokes the sounds of two classic Marshall amps, the Super Lead and Super Bass.
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