Samick Motherlode

December 2014

Articles by Joe Charupakorn

Fender Select Telecaster Electric Guitar Review

June 8, 2012
Highly figured tops, necks crafted from carefully procured woods, warmer-sounding pickups, and improved electronics and hardware.
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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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