November 2018

Articles by Joe Charupakorn

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: 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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PRS Sonzera 50 Review

February 15, 2017
A potent amp of many personalities—from blackface to brawny high gain.
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Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Gary Rossington: Simple Man, Big Tone

January 15, 2017
A 6-string legend gets back to blues-rock basics in a new album with wife Dale Krantz, and shares the recipe for his fat, classic Les Paul sound.
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Yamaha Revstar RSP20CR Review

November 25, 2016
Top-flight quality and go-fast looks in a sweet-sounding solidbody.
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Korn: Got the Life

November 3, 2016
James “Munky” Shaffer and Brian "Head" Welch riff about how producer and longtime fan Nick Raskulinecz convinced them to bring back funky, detuned guitars on The Serenity of Suffering.
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Bogner Goldfinger 54 Phi Review

October 14, 2016
Reinhold's latest yields burly blackface and tweed tones, as well as crazy versatility.
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PG Exclusive! Devin Townsend Interviews Steve Vai

October 10, 2016
More than two decades after Townsend’s big break as a teenager singing for guitar “Svengali” Vai, the pair convenes to discuss the recent project that brought them full circle.
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Panama Fuego X Review

September 25, 2016
A compact, handwired powerhouse that delivers big tones and big value.
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Charvel Pro-Mod San Dimas Style 1 HH FR Review

September 7, 2016
The San Dimas lives again in a more versatile incarnation.
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Paul Gilbert: Swingin’ Carnage Blues

June 16, 2016
The shred idol looks beyond metal for inspiration on I Can Destroy, and reflects on dynamics, picking, playing with intent, and a few things he would have done different along the way.
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How to Record Crushing Tones

June 14, 2016
Monster producers Steve Evetts (Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die) and Chris “Zeuss” Harris (Shadows Fall, Rob Zombie) share their secrets on gear, gain, pedals, layering, microphones, and more.
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Marshall JCM 25/50 2555X Silver Jubilee Review

June 2, 2016
An elusive Marshall rarity reappears—reminding us how dynamic and versatile these big Brits can be.
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Zakk Wylde: Still No Rest for the Wicked

May 5, 2016
The ferociously fleet-fingered fretman unveils his new line of guitars, talks about achieving roadrunner speed and composing solos, and delves into his second solo album, Book of Shadows II.
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Allen Eden 1987 Review

April 1, 2016
This entry-level shred machine flirts with greatness at a rock-bottom price.
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The Shrine’s Josh Landau: Psycho Thriller

March 11, 2016
A hallucinogenic and heavy 6-string strangler plumbs the past and blends punk, metal, and classic fuzz tones to define the future of psychedelic rock.
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The New Switcheroo: Three Loop Switchers Reviewed

January 8, 2016
PG tests a trio of powerful new designs—from Carl Martin's plug-and-play Octa-Switch Mk3 to RJM's tricked-out Mastermind PBC and Boss' deep-but-accessibly priced ES-8.
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MXR EVH 5150 Overdrive Review

January 6, 2016
Brown Sound—and a whole lot of other tone colors—in an impressive overdrive stomp.
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