November 2018

Articles by Adam Perlmutter

Flattop Finesse: Acoustic Steel-String Review Roundup

June 15, 2017
Three new acoustics from Guild, Cort, and Art & Lutherie.
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AER Compact 60/3 TE Review

June 6, 2017
Aussie fingerstyle wizard Tommy Emmanuel gets a clear, lush, and expansive-sounding signature acoustic amp.
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Body Count: Ernie C & Juan Garcia's Riff Lust

June 1, 2017
Ice-T’s guitar tag-team raps about the cold-steel riffs and slamming grooves on the controversial outfit’s brutal new LP.
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Andy Summers: Not Another “Classic Bozo Interview”

May 30, 2017
The Police’s slightly cranky guitar shaman dodges gear questions before expounding on the looping strategies and anything-goes approach on his new solo album, Triboluminescence.
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Breedlove Premier Concerto Review

May 1, 2017
A subtly luxurious, fingerstyle-focused flattop that excels across styles.
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Michael Kelly CC50 Deluxe Review

April 17, 2017
A classy-looking T-style that has tons of tones on tap.
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Hand Habits’ Meg Duffy: Guitar Poetry

March 28, 2017
An in-demand indie collaborator and her trusty Strat step into the spotlight with an artfully layered solo debut, Wildly Idle (Humble Before the Void).
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Martin D-16E Review

March 16, 2017
New twists on Martin tradition deliver sonorous, stylish dividends.
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Ty Segall and Emmett Kelly: No-Filter Frenzy

March 13, 2017
How the 6-string tag team grabbed vintage gear, turned up the fuzz, and threw down with Steve Albini to make Segall’s first live-on-the-floor album.
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Stick Men: The Indeterminacy of Sticks

January 19, 2017
King Crimson paragon Tony Levin and composer/luthier Markus Reuter continue to redefine touch guitar—and bass—on Prog Noir.
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Larry Coryell: The Godfather Part II

December 29, 2016
Forty-five years after Barefoot Boy, the jazz-fusion icon releases Barefoot Man: Sanpaku, a group of seven original compositions intended to invoke the spirit and high energy of improvisation’s past.
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Batson GC22 Americana Review

December 13, 2016
A Nashville guitar designer delivers a lower-price boutique spin-off.
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John Scofield Connects the Dots

November 17, 2016
The jazz guitarist explores the common ground between bebop and honky-tonk on his latest album, Country for Old Men.
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The Descendents’ Stephen Egerton: Pop-Punk Papa

October 18, 2016
How the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jeff Beck, stripped-down 6-strings, classical training, high-gain amps, and the rush of survival helped fuel the bands’ first album in 12 years.
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Charlie Hunter’s Impossible Mission

September 22, 2016
How a monster musician fine-tuned his ability to play bass, guitar, rhythm, and melodies—and tell one-liners—all at the same time.
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Rich Robinson’s Sounds of the South

August 11, 2016
A song-based guitar hero with deep blues and classic-rock roots uses open tunings, big riffs, iconic instruments, and studio spontaneity to define himself on Flux.
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Cowboy Jazz: Corey Christiansen

August 9, 2016
The Utah State University director of jazz studies takes us inside his latest quest to form a fresh musical crossbreed.
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American Babies: Tom Hamilton’s Inspirational Playground

July 5, 2016
The Philly-based guitarist approached his band’s fourth album as a workshop for improvisational songwriting and unconventional sounds.
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Michael Daves: Bluegrass’ Jekyll and Hyde

June 21, 2016
This NYC guitarist goes trad acoustic and buck-wild electric on his edgy new double album, Orchids and Violence, pushing the roots envelope and igniting a bonfire of vintage fretboards and modern fuzztones.
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Bombino: Fretboard Freedom Fighter

June 7, 2016
Seeking liberation by blending West African roots with Western rock, the Tuareg guitarist discusses the rippling, distinctive tones and tunes on his new album, Azel.  
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