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Video Review - ZT Amplifiers Lunchbox Acoustic

June 15, 2010
PG's Acoustic Editor Gayla Drake Paul walks us through her latest review of the ZT Amplifiers Lunchbox Acoustic, which is featured in the July 2010 issue.

The Lunchbox Acoustic is ZT's first two-channel amp that features a top quality, dedicated microphone channel and separate instrument channel each sport the individual controls. It's loaded supported by 200W of clean amplifier power, anti-feedback circuitry, a pro-grade reverb and a highly flexible signal I/O.

The amp's controls are Gain, Bass Treble, and Reverb for each channel, a Master Volume, and a three-position anti-feedback control. It houses a 6.5" speaker and weighs about 12 pounds.
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Video Review - JamHub TourBus

May 21, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey walks us through his latest review of the JamHub TourBus silent rehearsal studio featured in the June 2010 issue of Premier Guitar. The JamHub TourBus is a silent rehearsal studio that also records onto SD cards. The TourBus has 21 audio channels for up to seven musicians, seven XLR and seven TRS input jacks. The SoleMix features allow each player to create their own mix to be heard inside only their headphones. It has built-in 24-bit stereo effects including reverb, delay and modulation. Also, the TourBus features a metronome.
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Video Review - Lag Tramontane T400DCE

May 21, 2010
PG's Gayla Drake Paul walks us through her latest review of the Lâg Tramontane T400DCE acoustic guitar featured in the June 2010 issue of Premier Guitar. The Tramontane has a solid Sitka spruce top, Indonesian rosewood back and sides with rosewood and maple binding, mahogany neck and an Indian rosewood fretboard. The onboard electronics include a built-in chromatic tuner capable of various tunings and the StudioLâg Plus & Nanoflex Piezo preamp pickup.
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Video Review- Jens Ritter Princess Isabella Guitar

May 18, 2010
PG's Pat Smith walks us through his latest review in the June 2010 issue of Premier Guitar -- the Ritter Instruments Princess Isabella Baritone Jazz Guitar.

The Isabella is Jens Ritter's (renowned bass luthier) take on building a hollowbody-style guitar but with a solid body construction. It also uniquely thin as it only measures 1" thick. Also, it has a very different bridge design/construction, which Ritter describes as "the hand cast bridge foot is mounted into a small hollowed area carved into the body that exactly matches the contour of the bridge foot. The bridge foot is held in place by a friction setting and only makes contact with a 2mm thin elliptical contour ridge along the hollow area. Thus, most of the surface area on the interior side of the bridge foot and the bridge studs float in the hollow area."

The body is made from a very light swamp ash, the neck is switenia mahogany and the fingerboard is Bavarian maple. The tuners are Gotohs, the bridge is a Schaller and the pickup is a Haeussel Custom Fat-Jazz.

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Video Review - ZT Amplifiers Club

May 6, 2010
PG's Pat Smith walks us through his Web Exclusive review of the ZT Amplifiers' Club combo (the full review can be found on http://www.premierguitar.com).

The ZT Club is a solid-state combo that rocks out an incredible 200 watts of Class A/B power.Sharing the same proprietary electronics design of the Lunchbox amp, the Club is capable of delivering 200 watts with output over 130dB at only 22 pounds and just a few inches bigger than the custom 12 driver inside. The Club expands on the ZT Lunchbox platform by featuring separate Bass and Treble controls, an effects loop, and a traditional Reverb control.

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Video Review - Jaguar Amplification Junior

April 15, 2010
PG's Pat Smith takes us through his review of the new Jaguar Amplification Junior combo (the full review can be found in the May issue of Premier Guitar magazine).

The Jaguar Junior is a 17 watt class A amplifier and is loaded with 2-12AX7 preamp tubes, 2-EL84 and 1-GZ34 power tubes. It is a single channel amp with high and low inputs. The controls are simplistic and basic -- Master Volume, Volume and Tone. In the back of the amp there is a pentode and triode switch that enables the guitarist to dial back the amp to 7 watts. The over-sized cabinet is packed with a single Customized Celestion G12H Anniversary speaker and the whole package weighs about 45 lbs.

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Video Review - TC Electronic PolyTune

March 10, 2010
PG's Jordan Wagner walks us through his latest review for the TC Electronic PolyTune pedal--featured in the 2010 issue of Premier Guitar.

The PolyTune is the world's first polyphonic tuner. You simply strum all strings on your guitar or bass at once, and it will immediately tell you which strings need tuning. This new tuning technology changes the way players can tune by enabling the tuning feature to apply to all the strings at once. The reference pitch can be set to your preference and ranges from 435Hz to 445Hz. If you are a guitarist that likes to play at a different pitch than standard, this is your go-to pedal, allowing for dropped tunings from E-flat all the way down to B. The tune works in two modes. First, Needle mode is for those that are used to the classic view on a tuner. The other option is for the people that want a little more real-time information, stream-mode measures even the slightest pitch variation and instantly feeds the info back to you via a rotating motion on the display. The PolyTune is also a true bypass pedal.

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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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