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Charles Saufley

Charles Saufley

Charles Saufley is a writer, editor, and musician from San Francisco. He has been the gear editor at Premier Guitar since 2010 and previously served as an editor at Acoustic Guitar magazine.

ARTICLES

Eventide Blackhole Review homepage

Eventide Blackhole: The Premier Guitar Review

February 24, 2021
A popular and particularly versatile mode from the Space and H9 processors is now an easy-to-use stompbox all its own.
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Taylor GTe Urban Ash review homepage

Taylor GTe Urban Ash: The Premier Guitar Review

February 18, 2021
Inventive bracing, uncommon tonewoods, and a shorter scale make this small-bodied flattop both big voiced and super playable.
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Walrus Audio Mako Series R1 Review homepage

Walrus Audio Mako Series R1: The Premier Guitar Review

February 9, 2021
Familiar and freaked-out reverb colors live side-by-side in a powerful, sensibly sized ambience-generating tool.
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EarthQuaker Devices Astral Destiny Review_homepage

EarthQuaker Devices Astral Destiny: The Premier Guitar Review

February 5, 2021
EQD dishes deep, dimensional reverbs in an elegant package that won’t mire you in menus.
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Fender American Professional II Stratocaster review- homepage

Fender American Professional II Stratocaster: The Premier Guitar Review

February 4, 2021
The most successful electric guitar of all time evolves subtly, but substantially.
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Wren and Cuff Caprid Review homepage

Wren and Cuff Caprid Blue-Violet Special: The Premier Guitar Review

January 28, 2021
A master of Big Muff-style circuits builds a Ram’s Head clone that’ll be tough to beat at any price.
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EHX 1440 Stereo Looper Review homepage

Electro-Harmonix 1440 Stereo Looper: The Premier Guitar Review

January 25, 2021
The middle kid in EHX’s expansive family of loopers inhabits a sweet spot between deep functionality and accessible, intuitive operation.
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Walrus Audio Julianna Review homepage

Walrus Audio Julianna: The Premier Guitar Review

January 13, 2021
Digital-control-enabled features makes Walrus’s already immersive modulation machine a scalpel for carving precise waveforms.
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Maxon 808 Overdrive review homepage

Maxon’s Elegant Spin on the TS808

December 28, 2020
The father of the Tube Screamer dishes a refined take on the pedal that propelled an overdrive revolution with the Apex 808.
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MXR Tremolo review homepage

MXR Tremolo: The Premier Guitar Review

December 24, 2020
Immersive sounds and a nice price make this fine modulator a multi-trem for the masses.
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Gibson Lukas Nelson ’56 Les Paul Junior Review_homepage

Gibson Lukas Nelson ’56 Les Paul Junior: The Premier Guitar Review

December 21, 2020
Design economy doesn’t stand in the way of delicious, wide-ranging tones on this straight-ahead rock machine.
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Warm Audio Jet Phaser Review homepage

Warm Audio Jet Phaser: The Premier Guitar Review

December 10, 2020
The masters of affordable analog mimicry resurrect one of Roland’s most far-out ’70s effects.
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Balthazar Cabaret 13 Review homepage

13 Watts of Ringing, Raging Splendor

December 2, 2020
This unique, low-wattage combo produces a potent mélange of Vox and Fender sounds—and sings with a loud and outsized voice. The PG Balthazar Cabaret 13 review.
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IK Multimedia Z-Tone Buffer Boost Review homepage

IK Multimedia Z-Tone Buffer Boost: The Premier Guitar Review

November 30, 2020
An understated, utilitarian buffer/boost/preamp that can profoundly reshape your tones.
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Mike Campbell homepage

Mike Campbell Rides Again

November 19, 2020
Unbridled from duties as string-slinger extraordinaire for the Heartbreakers and Fleetwood Mac, the wild gator partakes of rock’s rowdier joys with his own band the Dirty Knobs.
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JHS Supreme fuzz review homepage

JHS Supreme: The Premier Guitar Review

November 13, 2020
Classic fuzz-pedal chaos meets modern tone shaping.
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RainSong V-DR1100N2 Review homepage

Carbon + Wood Looks and Sounds Good

November 1, 2020
A spruce-and-carbon-fusion top yields a tough, sweetly ringing dread with a more traditional look. The Premier Guitar RainSong V-DR1100N2 review.
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Guild X-175 Manhattan Special Review homepage

Guild X-175 Manhattan Special: The Premier Guitar Review

October 22, 2020
An extroverted hollowbody that deftly spans styles—and the ages.
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Danelectro 3699 Fuzz Review homepage

Danelectro 3699: The Premier Guitar Review

October 19, 2020
One of the furriest, foxiest fuzz machines ever is reborn in a compact and more capable incarnation.
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Origin Effects RevivalTREM review homepage

Origin Effects RevivalTREM: The Premier Guitar Review

October 16, 2020
A positively luxurious stomp nails the liquid textures of brown-panel Deluxe bias tremolo.
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