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Articles by Joe Charupakorn

Interview: The Hives’ Vigilante Carlstroem Pushes Clean into Chaos

June 6, 2012
Carlstroem discusses the band’s unlikely love for Yngwie Malmsteen, its addiction to abusing Roland Jazz Chorus amps, and Lex Hives—their first album in five years.
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Fretlight FG-421 Electric Guitar Review

May 30, 2012
Well-known for providing a unique learning tool with LED-lit fretboards, Fretlight''s latest models bundle even more software and tools for beginners while aiming to simultaneously provide a gig-worthy instrument.
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Interview: Sonny Landreth Goes Instrumental With Joe Satriani and Eric Johnson

May 22, 2012
The slide maestro talks about working with two bona fide guitar gods on “Elemental Journey” and his new Fender Signature Stratocaster and Dumble amp.
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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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