January

Articles by Joe Charupakorn

EVH

EVH 5150III 1x12 50W 6L6 Combo Review

July 10, 2018
Improvements to this 6L6 combo mean tone variation and versatility that transcend Van Halen sound templates.
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Orange Brent Hinds Terror Review

May 14, 2018
The Mastodon mayhem lord’s signature amp dishes killer clean tones as readily as filthy ones.
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Subdecay Vector Review

April 6, 2018
Analog dirt tones and digital control equal a crunchy to fuzzy to metallic distortion jack-of-all-trades.
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Hagstrom Fantomen Review

February 7, 2018
A legendary Swedish axe maker teams with Swedish metal merchants Ghost to deliver a thunderous and surprisingly adaptable solidbody.
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Epiphone Les Paul SL Review

December 22, 2017
Epi’s bargain-basement solidbody is full of surprises and inspiration.
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Mike Stern: Spirit Is Everything

December 7, 2017
After an unfortunate fall left him with two broken arms and a mangled right hand, the jazz-guitar maestro got up and turned his bad trip into an uplifting new album.
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Quick Hit: Mayones Hydra Elite

November 19, 2017
A headless Hydra? Yep! And with tones that kill.
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HeadRush Pedalboard Review

October 11, 2017
Intuitive design sets this impressive, powerful multi-effects unit apart from the pack.
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Henretta H-Bomb Trembrato Review

September 14, 2017
Vintage-hued analog modulations are married in an elegant and easy-to-use stomp.
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Meris Mercury 7 Review

September 3, 2017
An elegant ambient reverb machine with powerful sound-shaping capabilities.
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Seymour Duncan Andromeda Review

August 26, 2017
A deep and dynamic delay that’s an instrument as much as an effect.
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Keeley Filaments Review

August 24, 2017
Keeley’s first metal-oriented distortion excels—even beyond heavy realms.
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Line 6 Variax Shuriken Review

August 8, 2017
A whole universe of guitar tones awaits in a modern metal-oriented modeling axe.
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Hughes & Kettner GrandMeister Deluxe 40 Review

July 16, 2017
Tube potency meets programmability in a super-flexible 40-watt monster.
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Deep Purple’s Steve Morse: 'InFinite' Mastery

June 27, 2017
The guitar kingpin discusses the band’s new album, playing Ritchie’s licks, and his prodigious picking technique. He also offers two tips for every guitarist.
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Strymon Riverside Review

May 10, 2017
A hybrid JFET/DSP gain machine invites creative, unorthodox playing and defies preconceptions about digital distortion.
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Mastodon’s Bill Kelliher Channels Pain and Gain

April 28, 2017
With hearts plagued by sorrow, new amps that go to 11, and a new ESP Sparrowhawk signature model, the 6-string riff-master and his bandmates made the powerful—at times elegiac—new album, Emperor of Sand.
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Allan Holdsworth

Allan Holdsworth: 1946–2017

April 19, 2017
The 6-string innovator brought a deeper, more fully realized vision of guitar playing to the worlds of jazz and prog rock, and expanded the instrument’s sonic vocabulary.
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Marshall 2525C Mini Jubilee Review

April 4, 2017
A legendary brute is reborn as a bantamweight bruiser.
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Eric Gales: 'Middle of the Road' Full Album Premiere

March 6, 2017
Hear the untraditional blues-guitar beacon’s new collection of inspirational songs, which includes collaborations with Gary Clark Jr. and Lauryn Hill.
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