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Articles by Joe Charupakorn

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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Warren Haynes: With a Little Help from My Friends

September 5, 2013
When Warren Haynes and Gov’t Mule decided to celebrate their 20th anniversary with the two-disc Shout!, they invited 11 guests to create alternative versions of the songs the band had already recorded.
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Boss DA-2 Adaptive Distortion Review

September 2, 2013
The pedal giant's new Multi-Dimensional Processing adjusts to your playing to provide great lead and rhythm tones without changing settings.
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Lotus Pedal Designs Iceverb Review

September 1, 2013
This reverb stompbox is designed to deliver subtle, sweet spring-style sounds.
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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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