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Factory Tour

How To Build A Diamond Amp Pt. 2 - Cabs, QC

June 9, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Houston, TX, where he visits the Diamond Amplification factory. In the second installment, we get to check out not only how Diamond cabs, heads and now road-cases are hand-built, but also how they break in their speaker cabs prior to shipping them out. In addition, we get to see and hear the final QC on one of Diamond's finished heads.

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How To Build A Diamond Amp Pt. 1

June 9, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Houston, TX, where he visits the Diamond Amplification factory. In this video segment, Diamond Amplification founder/owner Jeff Diamant walks us through the process of hooking up the circuit board, installing the board into the chassis, final assembly and where Diamond employees spend a lot of time jamming on all their amps. In addition, we get to check out some of Diamond's history as Jeff shows off some of the first Diamond heads ever made.
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Diamond & Blankenship - New Partnership, New Amps

June 8, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Houston, TX, where he visits the Diamond/Blankeship Amps factory. In this video segment, we hear from Diamond Amps' Jeff Diamant and Terry Martin and Blankenship Amps' founder Roy Blankenship talk to us about their newly formed partnership. Both companies will retain their name and own projects, but Jeff Diamant did say that this alliance will breed new vintage-esque Diamond-style amps, including the Diamond's Balinese and Del Fuego models, both low-wattage amp offerings. In addition, we hear about the birth of this partnership and what we can expect from both companies in the future.
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Blankenship Amps - Roy Blankenship's Workshop

June 8, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Houston, TX, where he visits the Diamond/Blankenship factory. In this video segment, we get an exclusive look at Roy Blankenship's workshop where he does all the hand-wiring for his Blankenship amps. We get to check out all his tools, some vintage amps he's collected over the years doing repairs, old-school tubes and we even get to see Roy 'populate a board.'
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Specimen Products-In Progress Projects/Prototypes

May 27, 2009
Premier Guitar is On Location in Chicago, IL, where we visit Specimen Products and the Chicago School of Guitar Making. In this video segment, we get to check out some of Ian Schneller (Specimen Products' founder) collection of in-progress projects and prototypes. These ideas and concepts include a mini-Beatle bass for his daughter, ukuleles, hollow-body guitars (Royale) and his famous custom horn speakers (used by Andrew Bird).
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Specimen Products - Specimen Gallery

May 27, 2009
Premier Guitar is On Location in Chicago, IL, where we visit Specimen Products and the Chicago School of Guitar Making. In this video segment, we check out some of Specimen Product's finished instruments, amps and speakers. The video features Royale, Maxwell and Pippin guitar models, an electric mandolin, an electric ukulele and their famous custom horn speakers, which have been used by Andrew Bird while on tour.

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Specimen Products - Tube Amp Building Seminar

May 27, 2009
Premier Guitar is On Location in Chicago, IL, where we visit Specimen Products and the Chicago School of Guitar Making. In this video segment, we take an inside look at their "Tube Amplifier Building Workshop," by featuring clips of students working in the lab, first-hand testimonial and finished product demos that are said to be based on old Fender Tweed Champ and 18-watt Marshall circuits. As the video illustrates, each student is given a workstation, all necessary tools and amp kits provided by Mojo Music.

Click here for Chris Burgess' feature article on the Tube Amp Building Seminar with photo gallery.

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Mesa Boogie Factory Tour-Tolex Process & Final QC

May 14, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Petaluma, CA, where he tours the Mesa Boogie factory. In this video segment, we get to see the whole process of applying the Tolex to their cabs, including how Mesa technicians race against the clock before the glue on the Tolex dries. In addition, we check out the final assembly of grills, back compartments and the most sought after position in Petaluma-the technician that test drives all the amps before they leave the factory.
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Mesa Boogie Factory Tour-Custom Woods & Vinyl

May 14, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Petaluma, CA, where he tours the Mesa Boogie factory. In this video segment, we get to see some of Mesa's famous exotic and custom wood selections used for cab and head enclosures. The hardwoods include African ribbon mahogany, bubinga, purple heart, Tasmanian blackwood, imbuya and many more. In addition, we get to check out some of Mesa's custom vinyl coverings including cheetah print, cowhide, snake, croc and for those Cheap Trick and Rick Nielsen fans, checkerboard print.
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Mesa Boogie Factory Tour - Circuit Board Assembly

May 14, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Petaluma, CA, where he tours the Mesa Boogie factory. In this video segment, we check out how Mesa Boogie constructs their circuit boards. We see how the intricate process works, including the use of large machines, both automated and manned, and the "Terminator Machine," which applies molten solder to the circuit board to ensure the components secruity on both sides of the board.
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Mesa Boogie Factory Tour - Building Boogie Cabs

May 14, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Petaluma, CA, where he tours the Mesa Boogie factory. In this video segment, we see how Mesa Boogie builds their cabs, including the CNC cutting process, sanding and gluing and why Mesa chooses non-void Russian baltic birch plywood for their cabs.
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Mesa Boogie Factory Tour-Assembly & "Hammer Test"

May 14, 2009
http://www.premierguitar.com PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Petaluma, CA, where he tours the Mesa Boogie factory. In this video segment, we get to see the assembly process where the circuit board is checked and inserted into the chassis. In addition, we check out the implementation of transformers and tubes. The video concludes with the Mesa "hammer test" where technicians use the handle of a hammer to recreate drops and damage in the rock world.

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Mesa Boogie Factory Tour - Workshop & Design Room

May 14, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Petaluma, CA, where he tours the Mesa Boogie factory. In this video segment, we get to check out two of Mesa' most important areas; Mesa Founder Randy Smith's workshop and design room. We see all the old prototypes, which have spawned several designs and how Randy designs their plated-through circuit boards with curved lines for various tape widths for connecting all the components on the board.
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EMG Factory X Series Pickups

March 30, 2009
PG's Brett Petrusek is On Location in Santa Rosa, CA, where he visits the EMG Pickup factory. In this clip, we get our first look at EMG's new line of pickups called the X-Series. They will be based on EMG's flagship models (81/85/60) but will provide a new twist to the old favorites. Players can expect the differences to lie in the increased headroom giving the tone a more organic appeal.
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EMG Factory Active Pickups Discussion-New Products

March 30, 2009
PG's Brett Petrusek is On Location in Santa Rosa, CA, where he visits the EMG Pickup Factory. In this segment, we get to hear from James Kearney (Sales & Administration) about the basics on active pickups and their designs. In addition, we get to hear about the newly released Gold and Chrome covers for EMG 81/85/60 model pickups.
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The Making of a Parker Electric Solidbody Guitar

March 30, 2009
Parker electric solidbody guitars are like no other. Here's a look at how these innovative tone monsters are made.
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EMG Product Development-Quality Control Interview

March 30, 2009
PG's Brett Petrusek is On Location in Santa Rosa, CA, where he visits the EMG Inc. factory. In this segment, Brett sits down with EMG COO/Managing Director Andy Gravelle and National Sales Manager Scott Wunshel as they talk about the future of EMG and the meticulous process they have implemented to ensure a standard of high quality products.
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EMG Inc. Factory Tour Part 2

March 30, 2009
PG's Brett Petrusek is On Location in Santa Rosa, CA, where he stops by the EMG Inc. factory. In this segment, we get to see some coils wound, the finished casing products for the pups and the extensive quality care control that EMG uses for every pickup produced.
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EMG Inc. Factory Tour Part 1

March 30, 2009
PG's Brett Petrusek is On Location in Santa Rosa, CA, where he visits the EMG Inc. factory. In this initial clip, we get to check out where the molds, housing and electrical boards are constructed for some of our favorite PUPs.

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SKB Cases PS-55 Pedalboard & Rotomold Strat Case

March 6, 2009
PG is On Location at NAMM '09 where they got an exclusive sneak peek at SKB Cases factory in Orange, CA, following one of the days at NAMM. In this video segment, we get a walk-through lead by Steph Maffei of SKB as he shows us their stagefive PS-55 pedalboard and newest rotomold case specifically for American Standard Strats.
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