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Articles by Joe Charupakorn

Inside the Great Guitar Escape: A Week in the Mountains with Paul Gilbert and Friends

July 22, 2013
A firsthand glimpse at what it’s like to take part in the ultimate guitar getaway.
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Reverend Kingbolt Electric Guitar Review

June 24, 2013
The retro-pop-meets-shredder sum of the Kingbolt's parts—the like of which we don’t see often—is quirky and eccentric without looking goofy.
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Interview: Dave Davies - Pure Spirit

June 19, 2013
The former Kinks lead guitarist talks about changing the course of guitar history with “You Really Got Me,” what he thinks of Van Halen’s version, and what it would take to bridge the cataclysmic rift between him and brother Ray.
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Interview: Middle Class Rut - Unshackled Justice

June 16, 2013
After a false start with DreamWorks Records 13 years ago, Middle Class Rut’s Zack Lopez discusses their new LP, Pick up Your Head, and celebrates the freedoms and confines of the guitar-and-drums format that finally yielded major success—including mainstream radio success and gigs opening for Alice in Chains and Weezer. PLUS! Lopez details his crazy three-rig touring setup.
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Interview: Rival Sons - Falling Upward

June 7, 2013
After losing a deal with Atlantic Records and thinking all was lost, guitarist Scott Holiday stuck to his guns and went on to found Rival Sons—the buzzed-about strutters whose raw take on classic rock has found a fan in Jimmy Page, AC/DC, and Guns N’ Roses.
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Ibanez Iron Label RGIR20FE Electric Guitar Review

May 20, 2013
The $599 RG1230FE straddles the line between the most affordable and higher-end guitars with the feel of a professional grade instrument.
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Interview: Children of Bodom’s Alexi Laiho - Fast and Slow

May 15, 2013
Caption--> Children of Bodom’s eighth release, Halo of Blood, marks the first time the band has recorded an album in their Helsinki, Finland, rehearsal studio. “We got this hall
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Interview: Eric Gales & Doug Pinnick - Gospel Grooves & Abnormal Blues

May 11, 2013
Eric Gales, King’s X bassist/vocalist Doug Pinnick, and former Mars Volta drummer Thomas Pridgen hole-up in the studio for two weeks and emerge with an album full of blazing blues-prog.
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20 Best Moments of Crossroads 2013

April 15, 2013
Highlights from both nights of Crossroads, with videos
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Ibanez AFJ957 7-String Archtop Review

March 27, 2013
At just $800, this Premier Gear Award-winning 7-string jazz box from Ibanez is perhaps the least-expensive, quality 7-string hollowbody on the market.
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H.S. Anderson Mad Cat Electric Guitar Review

March 11, 2013
If you’re looking for a masterfully built T-style with some unique quirks, the H.S. Andersen Mad Cat is a straight-up killer guitar.
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Interview: Lee Boys - Pickin’ and Praisin’

March 11, 2013
Roosevelt Collier and Alvin Lee of sacred-steel family band the Lee Boys take their 6-string hallelujahs beyond the church and garner praises from some of the biggest names in secular guitar and bass.
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Interview: Devon Allman - Paving His Own Way

February 27, 2013
Allman discusses focusing on songs over chops for his solo effort, working in the shadow of his famous relatives, and how an inexpensive resonator guitar stole the show.
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GALLERY: Guitar Center Eric Clapton Crossroads Collection 2013

February 5, 2013
Fender Custom Shop Eric Clapton "Brownie" Tribute Strat, Gibson Harrsison-Clapton "Lucy" Les Paul, and a trio of Martin 000 body-style acoustics round out the collection. Photos courtesy Guitar Center.
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Roland GA-112 Amp Review

February 4, 2013
Roland’s new 100-watt GA-112 combo provides a blank slate for sculpting sounds, from pristine clean to metal mayhem via a super-simple control set.
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Interview: Yngwie Malmsteen on "Spellbound"

January 30, 2013
Yngwie gives us the scoop on the new album, talks about the blues, and reveals how his “heavenly” new pickups came about.
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Godin Session Custom Electric Guitar Review

January 30, 2013
The new Session Custom—a Tele-inspired solidbody—is the company’s stab at something a little more familiar. Of course, being a Godin, there’s more here than meets the eye.
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Interview: Steve Lukather's Sensitive Side

January 16, 2013
For a guy who’s allegedly been referred to as the “world’s greatest guitar player” by Eddie Van Halen, who’s played the immortal intro to Michael Jackson’s timeless hit “Beat
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Interview: HBC's Scott Henderson and Jeff Berlin

January 9, 2013
Musicians Institute guitar guru Scott Henderson and outspoken bass virtuoso Jeff Berlin discuss their chops-laden new album with Dennis Chambers, why Berlin didn’t join Van Halen, and why metronomes and rock academia are useless.
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Interview: Rosie Flores - Rockabilly Road Doggie

January 9, 2013
With nearly 50 years of gigs under her belt, twang queen Rosie Flores talks about recording with Rockabilly legend Janis Martin, why her car is her favorite workspace, and how she gets gristly tones with super-light strings.
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