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Articles by Joe Charupakorn

Krusa Guitars

May 11, 2012
With more than 20 years of guitar- building experience now under his belt, Krusa has become a formidable presence in the world of custom acoustics.
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Interview: Bill Frisell - Off the Deep End

May 11, 2012
Frisell divulges the inner workings of this album, clues us in as to how he manages to juggle so many intense projects simultaneously, and tells us about the 16-second delay that got away.
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Interview: Shadows Fall Refuse to Compromise on “Fire From The Sky”

May 9, 2012
Guitarists Jonathan Donais and Matt Bachand give us the lowdown on their new album and their new B.C. Rich signature guitars, as well as what it’s like to navigate the shark-infested waters of the music world.
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Interview: Santana Gets "Spiritually Horny" Making "Shape Shifter"

May 2, 2012
The guitarist''s legendary chops return to the forefront with his upcoming instrumental album. In our interview, he muses on forgetting that he''s Carlos Santana, why he doesn''t tour with his wife (drummer Cindy Blackman Santana), and how a PRS just isn''t a Strat.
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Epiphone Ultra-339 Electric Guitar Review

April 18, 2012
Epiphone adds a blendable NanoMag pickup and USB output to Gibson''s small-bodied semi-hollow form.
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Interview: John 5 on "God Told Me To"

April 18, 2012
The metal-meets-chicken''-pickin'' veteran discusses his new Spanish-influenced half-acoustic solo album and we try to get him to buy Eddie Van Halen''s guitar.
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Builder Profile: Chase Tone

April 6, 2012
When it comes to hardcore authenticity in vintage gear replicas, no one tops Kyle Chase— a lone-ranger builder who says he can hear the difference between stranded and solid-core wire in his Marshall-, Vox-, and Fender-inspired amps and pedals.
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Flying Colors: Shredding Stereotypes

April 6, 2012
Supergroup Flying Colors breaks boundaries with its self-titled debut.
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Source Audio Programmable EQ Pedal Review

April 6, 2012
The Programmable EQ is more than just another run-of-the-mill tool for fiddling with frequencies.
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DigiTech iStomp Pedal Review

March 26, 2012
The iStomp can be virtually any pedal with downloadable effects from DigiTech''s iOS-based library.
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Interview: Meshuggah's Mårten Hagström on "Koloss"

February 29, 2012
Although "Koloss" might be more accessible than past works, guitarist Mårten Hagström says it contains some of their most complex compositions to date
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Keller Williams: Low-End Loop Master

February 10, 2012
One-man jam band Keller Williams reveals the trick to avoiding pesky loop drift, and tells how playing with the string cheese Incident inspired him to dive headlong into bass on his new reggaetrio album.
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Lamb of God: No Barriers

February 10, 2012
Lamb of God’s Mark Morton and Willie Adler talk about their favorite Boogie heads, developing upstroke wallop, and how their love of Hendrix and Billy Gibbons informed their diverse new album, Resolution.
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Visual Sound Dual Tap Delay Pedal Review

January 10, 2012
With the Dual Tap Delay, Visual Sound successfully integrates digital and analog technology and brings two delays together in one unit with a master tap tempo.
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Animals as Leaders: A Different Breed

January 10, 2012
Tosin Abasi and Javier Reyes—Animals as Leaders’ jaw-dropping dualguitar team—live up to their name and create a new progressive-rock beast by cross-breeding jazz, classical, and metal techniques in a way that simultaneously blows your mind and defies the genre’s stereotypes.
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3 Monkeys Virgil Amp Review

January 10, 2012
Virgil is a 30-watt, two-channel, 6V6-powered amp based on the Hiwatt-meets-Marshall BW119 that 3 Monkeys designed for Whitford in 2006.
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Brent Mason: A Chameleon in Tune Town

January 10, 2012
nashville session ace Brent mason discusses his new recording how-to dvd, his heavily modified ’68 Tele workhorse, and how sight-reading can sometimes make him “sweat blood.”
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George Benson: Still the Coolest of Cats

December 20, 2011
Jazz legend George Benson talks about his upcoming signature Fender amp, dissects his incredible picking technique, and explains the thought process behind Guitar Man— his long-awaited return to ripping 6-string work.
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Interview: Korn’s Munky on The Path of Totality

December 7, 2011
Building upon two decades of reinvention, Korn delivers something different to its fans. Guitarist Munky explains the group’s latest delving into dubstep, how he won the battle over synth, and the secret to getting a truly Korn sound.
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Interview: Kentucky Headhunters on Dixie Lullabies

November 18, 2011
Richard Young and Greg Martin talk “Dixie Lullabies” and gear.
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