December 2016

Articles by Joe Charupakorn

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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Interview: Neal Schon on "The Calling"

December 18, 2012
Premier Guitar caught up with Schon to get the details of making this album and talk about what gear he’s into these days.
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Interview: Minus the Bear's Dave Knudson

October 8, 2012
Minus the Bear''s Dave Knudson talks about his fat, PRS-fueled riffs on Infinity Overhead and his journey from being a hardcore punk to tapping out hooky polymetric melodies on four Line 6 Delay Modelers.
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Diamond Pedals Quantum Leap Review

September 26, 2012
A delay toolbox with modes for flange or chorus and some truly unique delay variations.
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Interview: Coheed and Cambria’s Travis Stever

September 26, 2012
Since the band’s formation in 1995, Coheed and Cambria has put out prog-rock concept albums so epic that there’s a Facebook page called “The Word ‘Epic’ should only be
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MI Audio Megalith Delta Pedal Review

September 12, 2012
The new Megalith Delta is a solid-state version of the Megalith Beta’s preamp in pedal form.
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Interview: Aleks Sever

September 6, 2012
Croatian-descended funk/blues devotee Aleks Sever takes us on her journey from Germany to paying dues in L.A., hobnobbing with Lee Ritenour''s hired guns, and recorded her first instrumental album, Danger Girl.
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Wampler Tweed '57 Pedal Review

September 5, 2012
Wampler Pedals specializes in putting amp tones in a box. The company’s Amp in A Box series—which includes the Triple Wreck, SLOstorion, Plextortion, and Pinnacle pedals— does a valiant
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Analog Alien Alien Twister Pedal Review

September 5, 2012
The Alien Twister was inspired by the Diaz Texas Square Face pedal used by the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan.
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Interview: Steve Vai - The Gospel According to Steve

August 10, 2012
The revered prophet of the 6- and 7-string parts the shroud to reveal the mysteries of his tones, compositions, and gear on "The Story of Light."
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Fractal Axe-FX II Preamp FX Processor Review

July 9, 2012
“This thing is the greatest invention ever for electric guitarists,” Dweezil Zappa told Premier Guitar at last year’s LA Amp Show as he gushed over Fractal Audio’s new Axe-Fx
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Interview: Wayne Krantz - Inside the Beat

June 27, 2012
The jazz-fusion guru discusses his new star-studded album Howie 61.
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