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Gibson Custom Memphis-ES Series: Neck,PLEK machine

March 19, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Memphis, TN, where he visits the Gibson Custom Memphis factory. The Gibson Custom Memphis factory builds all the ES hollow- and semi-hollow bodied guitars, the white Les Paul and the Gibson EDS-1275 double-neck. In this segment, we get to check out how the neck is set, the procedure behind preparing the fretboard, the execution of the PLEK machine, the way they paint and finish each guitar and how they install and setup the hardware and electronics.
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Gibson Custom Memphis-ES Series: Final Inspection

March 19, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Memphis, TN, where he visits the Gibson Custom Memphis factory. The Gibson Custom Memphis factory builds all the ES hollow- and semi-hollow bodied guitars, the white Les Paul and the Gibson EDS-1275 double-neck. In this segment, we get to see the final inspection process. Here, we get to see how the technician checks fret height, action, hardware setup and makes sure the guitar plays, sounds and reacts as it should by playing the "Gibson" song.
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Gibson Custom Memphis-ES Series: Constructing Body

March 19, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Memphis, TN, where he visits the Gibson Custom Memphis factory. The Gibson Custom Memphis factory builds all the ES hollow- and semi-hollow bodied guitars, the white Les Paul and the Gibson EDS-1275 double-neck. In this segment, we get to check out how the ES Series guitars are built. Here, we get to see how the wood is cut, pressed, sanded, bound and eventually put together.
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Hughes & Kettner - How To Test an Amp

March 5, 2010
PG's On Location in St. Wendel, Germany, where they visit the Hughes & Kettner factory. In this video segment, we get to check out the countless tests, trials and evaluations each amp must go through before receiving the final approval. Here, Hughes & Kettner show us several ways they test the amp, the chassis, the sound quality, the tubs, general functions and the "tone" test.
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Hughes & Kettner - Inside the Factory

March 5, 2010
PG's On Location in St. Wendel, Germany, where they visit the Hughes & Kettner factory. In this segment, we get to check out how each amp is designed, constructed and eventually tested. In addition, we get to see how Hughes & Kettner tests their tubes before they are biased.

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Hughes & Kettner and HK Audio: Building Cabs

March 5, 2010
PG's On Location in St. Wendel, Germany, where they visit the Hughes & Kettner and HK Audio factories. In this segment, we get an up close and personal tour of the factories that builds both Hughes & Kettner cabs and HK Audio PAs and wedges. As shown through the video, both companies are diligent on quality, craftsmanship and making sure each product is ready to go with numerous trials and tests.
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Video Interview - Tom Bedell: Bedell Guitars

December 3, 2009
PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Spirit Lake, IA, where he sits down with Tom Bedell of Bedell Guitars within their compound appropriately titled "The Barn."

Bedell broke into the music industry in 1964 at the age of 14. By taking one of his father's (Berkley Bedell) contacts in Japan, he started importing guitars under the Bedell name. After a short, but successful run pursuing his first passion of music and guitars, Tom followed in his father's footsteps and conquered the fishing world with the line of various Berkley outdoor products and accessories. Now, Bedell is back in with his first love and has two new lines of guitars; Great Divide and Bedell. Oh, and don't forget about the new Bedell Guitars' Custom Shop that allows a guitarist to virtually browse and pick the woods for tops, back, sides, fingerboards and headstocks. You can literally see and pick the EXACT piece of wood for all the parts of your new acoustic.

The Great Divide line includes four series of guitars; the Solid Cedar, the Summit, the Independence and the Origin. The Solid Cedar has a solid Canadian red cedar top, sapele back and sides, mahogany neck with rosewood binding, fingerboard and bridge. Solid Ceder series offers three body styles, including dreadnought, orchestra and parlor.

The Summit series guitars have a solid sitka spruce top with sapele back and sides. Also, they come with a mahogany neck with rosewood binding and fingerboard. The Summit series offers four body styles, including dreadnought, jumbo, orchestra and parlor.

The Independence series guitars feature a laminated spruce top with sapele back and sides. Also, they come with a mahogany neck with maple binding and rosewood fingerboard. The Independence series offers four body styles, including dreadnought, jumbo, orchestra and parlor.

The Origin series features a linden top, back and sides. And is offered in several body styles and colors.

The line of Bedell acoustic guitars has two different series; the Performance and Inspiration. The Performance series can feature a solid Canadian cedar, solid Alaskan Sitka spruce or African sapele for a top. The sides and backs can be made of solid African sapele, solid Indian rosewood or solid Canadian flame maple. Also, they can feature an ebony fingerboard and bridge (along with other various wood options). The body styles offered are dreadnought, jumbo, orchestra and parlor.

The Inspiration series guitars can feature tops made with either solid Alaskan Sitka spruce or solid Canadian cedar. The woods for backs and sides can be solid African sapele, solid Canadian flame maple or solid Indian rosewood. The four body styles offered within the Inspiration series are dreadnought, jumbo, orchestra and parlor.

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Experience PRS: Private Stock Wood Tour

October 7, 2009
PG's On Location in Stevensville, MD, where they hang out at the Experience PRS event. In this video segment, we get to tour PRS' Private Stock wood pile. While there are all the usual suspects when it comes to high-grade tonewoods (quilted maple, flame maple, variations of rosewood and cocobolo) but there is a special, one-off piece. It is a piece that was combined by nature which is half quilted maple and half flame maple. Mother nature seems to be looking out for tone-hounds, too.
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Experience PRS: How To Build An Acoustic

October 7, 2009
PG's On Location in Stevensville, MD, where we drop in on Experience PRS. In this video segment, we get a tour of the PRS Acoustic Workshop by PRS President Jack Higginbotham and master luthier Steve Fischer. They walk us through the several meticulous steps that PRS goes through in order to provide high-quality, handmade unique acoustic guitars. As you can see, each finished acoustic guitar has its own voice and distinct tone. Check out the video and see why and how it all happens.
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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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