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Video Review - Taylor Baritone 8-String

December 16, 2009
PG's Gayla Drake Paul guides us through her latest acoustic review - the Taylor Baritone 8-String (found within the pages of Premier Guitar's January 2010 issue).

As Gayla mentions, the Baritone 8-String was created in celebration of Taylor's 35th Anniversary as a company. The "chocolate-peanut butter" sensation features a Sitka spruce top with Indian rosewood back and sides. The neck is made of a tropical American mahogany with an ebony fingerboard featuring pearl diamond inlays.

It comes loaded with the Taylor Expression System pickup and onboard bass control and it is equipped with specially made Elixir Baritone strings.

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Video Review - Hagstrom Swede

December 16, 2009
PG's reviewer Tony Pasko walks us through his latest review - the Hagstrom Swede (found inside the January 2010 issue of Premier Guitar).

As Tony states, the Swede is based on the vintage model made originally from 1970-1982 by Hagstrom and features a mahogany body with a carved mahogany body and 24.75" set mahogany neck. The neck has a H-Expander truss rod providing tension at either end and running the entire length of the neck, the rigid yet lightweight alloy truss rod allows for a very low action and thin neck, two factors instrumental in making a Hagstrom a fast playing guitar. The fretboard is made from Hagstroms own Resinator wood, a composite wood that is homogeneous in nature and is said to be more stable than any standard wood product.

The Swede comes loaded with two Hagstrom Custom 58 humbuckers, Long Travel Tune-O-Matic with Hagstrom stop tail piece and 6-individual brass string blocks.

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Video Review - Mattrixx-N SanGreal Acoustic Amp

September 17, 2009
PG's Gayla Drake Paul's latest Video Review is the Mattrixx-N SanGreal Acoustic Instrument Amplifier. Read the written review.

The Mattrixx-N SanGreal Acoustic Instrument Amplifier is 400 watts (bi-amped 200 watts per low-frequency and high-frequency driver) with two input channels that can be customized for your specific applications. It comes with an instrument channel with line and instrument inputs-and the XLR in has phantom power. Both channels have input Gain, three-band EQ and multi-mode Reverb. Channel one includes a narrow-band notch filter, and our review unit had the option vacuum tube, which Gayla has said added some additional warmth. Other controls on the SanGreal are Master and Monitor volume controls and an FX loop.

It comes loaded with neodymium-powered ribbon driver and an advanced low-frequency driver. The cabinet is monitor-shaped, made of birch multi-ply with a handle at one end and a speaker pole mount on the other.

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Video Review - BC Rich 40th Anniversary Eagle

September 17, 2009
PG's Jordan Wagner's latest review featured in Premier Guitar's October 2009 issue is the BC Rich 40th Anniversary Eagle. Read the written review.

For the 40th collection, they chose to recreate the first four original electric guitar designs (Eagle, Bich, Mockingbird, Seagull) out of the innovative minds of Bernie Rico and his staff of designers. Each guitar feature specifications that closely mimic those appearing in the earliest B.C. Rich catalogs from the '70s; neck-through construction, solid Koa bodies and exclusive electronics.

The Eagle's body is made of koa wood and features a bevel-style top. It comes loaded with Grover Super Rotomatic tuners, jumbo frets, BC Rich Quad bridge, DiMarzio Dual Sound humbuckers, which can be switched between series-parallel and single-coil operations.

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Side by Side: Roland VB-99 and GR-33B Bass Synthesizers

August 27, 2009
Testing the Roland VB-99, and a comparison with the GR-33B
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Video Review - Carvin BX500 Head & BR410 Cabinet

August 19, 2009
PG's Dan Berkowitz walks us through a video review of the Carvin BX500 and BR410 cabinet. The amp is a 500 watt, Class D head, which weighs a meager six pounds. The tiny head's dimensions are 3"x9"x14" and the preamp is a 3-stage, Class A, which features one 12AX7 tube. The front panel knobs include Contour, Bass, Compressor, Treble, Master Volume and a 9-band EQ.

The BR410 cabinet is made of a cross grain laminated multi-ply plywood and features internal bracing to eliminate cab resonance. It comes loaded with four heavy-duty, 200w 10" woofers, 1" Titanium HF driver.

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Video Review: Vox Night Train NT15H Head

July 22, 2009
Jordan reviews the Vox Night Train head. The Night Train is a single-channel 15 watt head that has a switch for either Pentode (15 watts) or Triode modes (7.5 watts). Another dynamic option is the Bright / Thick switch that accentuates the high-frequency components for a clear, ringing tone (Bright) or bypasses the tone circuit to boost the gain and create a chunkier, heavier sound (Thick). Other features include 2-EL84 power tubes, 2-12AX7 preamp tubes and has knobs for Gain, Treble, Middle, Bass and Master Volume.

Click here to read the review.

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Video Review - Fret King Green Label Corona 60 HB

July 20, 2009
PG's Bob Goffstein reviews the Fret King Green Label Corona 60 HB. In this video review, Bob walks us through the Corona HB's appointments and the things that it make different from a standard Strat. These differences include the integral neck, a humbucker in the bridge position, a "Wilkaloid" nut, the laminated plastic pickguard that features a "vintique gold 24 carat" design and the Wilkinson VSV High Performance Vibrato System. The VSV Vibrato system was a pleasant surprise for Bob who admits he's not a fan or regular user of vibrato systems.
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Video Review-Phil Jones AAD CUB AG-100 & Super CUB

July 20, 2009
PG's Pat Smith walks us through the Phil Jones AAD CUB AG-100 & Super CUB AG-300 amps. The CUB AG-100's comes in a quaint little package (6.5" x 12.5" x 11.8") that features a single channel with 100 watts, 2x5" neodymium speakers and controls including, (Treble, Mid, Bass, Volume). The Super CUB AG-300 (the CUB AG-100's big brother) comes with 250 watts of power and features four forward firing 5" Neo drivers and two additional speakers that point upward. The controls are Bass, Mid, Treble, FX Blend and Master Volume.
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Video Review - Road Rage Pro Gear 8-Channel Looper

July 1, 2009
PG's contributor Tommy Bruner walks us through his latest Video Reivew for the Road Rage Pro Gear Triple Bypass 8-Channel Looper (read the Web-Exclusive review at, here). The 8-Channel looper comes with individual true-bypass loops, which means you can have a separate true-bypass loop for all your pedals and maybe a few loops left over for your future pedals, too. Not only does the looper clean up your sound and let each pedal retain its full tone, it is also a nice way to organize your pedals with one switching device. Each Road Rage True Bypass looper can be customized to fit your rig's needs.
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