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Video Review - Collings 360 Solidbody Guitar

June 17, 2009
PG's Pat Smith reviews the Collings 360 (named for a Texas highway) solidbody guitar, which he gave a Premier Guitar Premier Gear Award in the July '09 issue. Pat shows off the 360's gorgeous vintage Tobacco Sunburst nitrocellulose lacquer finish and simplistic dot inlays. The curly maple carved top sits on a one-piece mahogany body with a 24-7/8" scale neck that features an Indian rosewood fingerboard. Also, this model came with mini-humbuckers featuring '50s wiring. In addition to covering the 360's specs, Pat walks us through various tones the Collings 360 can produce.
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Video Review - Fender Custom '57 Twin-Amp

May 20, 2009
G's Bob Goffstein walks us through his latest review on the Fender Custom '57 Twin-Amp. This reissue is based on the '57 manufactured by Fender's Custom Shop, but features a few changes thrown in versatility's sake. The transformers and choke were built by Mercury Magnetics Company. The '57 includes four Sovtek 12AX7WCs, relabeled Groove Tubes 12AX7R, two Groove Tubes-6L6GE and two Electro Harmonix 5U4GB rectifiers. The speakers are 12" Eminence Alnicos designed by Ted Weber of Weber VST. In addition, this '57 reissue comes with separate Bright and Normal channels, each with its own preamp circuit, separate Volume controls and two jacks, followed by Treble, Bass and Presence controls that are common to both channels.
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Video Review-Takamine Glenn Frey Signature EF360GF

May 20, 2009
PG's Gayla Drake Paul leads us through her latest review on the Takamine Glenn Frey Signature EF360GF. This Takamine guitar is based off a guitar acquired by Glenn Frey in 1994 with the only differences being the back and sides on his signature model are solid rosewood rather than laminated and it features a little GF logo on the headstock. In addition, the EF360GF features Takamine's proprietary onboard electronics. The neck is said to feel like a Les Paul and is 1-11/16" wide.
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Video Review - Flaxwood Liekki

May 19, 2009
PG's Pat Smith walks us through his latest review of Flaxwood's Liekki ("flame" in Finnish). The Liekki features a body built from flaxwood materials and also includes a flaxwood resonating back plate. It also comes with Seymour Duncan SP90 Vintage Soapbar pickups, Schaller LP Tremolo, Celluloid inlays and Gotoh tuners.

Pat runs through the different pickup selections and shows that the Liekki has a palette of tones and it can cater to several playing styles. In addition, the Flaxwood Liekki won a "Premier Gear Award," so check out the full review in PG's June issue.

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Video Review - Soultone 1986ps Bass SuperPlexi

May 14, 2009
PG's Jordan Wagner walks us through his latest review on Soultone's 1986ps Bass SuperPlexi amp. The 1986ps Bass SuperPlexi is based on the tone of Duane Allman found on the Fillmore East gigs. This is a Class A/B 50 watt offering from Soultone that includes 2 EL34 or 6550 power tubes, 3 12AX7/ECC83 preamp tubes, an effects loop with true bypass and Soultone's Power Scaling, which allows a player to dial the wattage from 50W down to 200mW. In addition, this model comes with a Plexi-style two channel option with four inputs and croc-scaled head enclosure. Jordan's signal chain includes a 2006 Gibson Flying V with stock humbuckers,a '63 Nash with Lollar pickups, Egnater 4x12 cab with Celestion V-30 speakers, Elixir cable and ESP MusicCord Power Cord.
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Fishman SoloAmp Video Review

May 5, 2009
Gayla Drake Paul demos the Fishman SoloAmp. She plays the all-in-one amp/PA with a Takamine Glenn Frey model at 1st Street Live in Cedar Rapids, IA. She demonstrates the versatility of the amp's tweeder control and the four different reverb settings. The streamlined SoloAmp has a lot to offer for solo, gigging musicians.

Click here to read Matt Wahl's review of the SoloAmp.

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Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin Archtop Video Review

May 5, 2009
Gayla Drake Paul reviews the Godin 5th Avenue Archtop for Premier Guitar magazine. Click here, for the review in the April '09 issue.

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Genz Benz Shenandoah Compak 300 Amp Video Review

April 20, 2009
PG's Pat Smith demos the Genz Benz Shenandoah Compak 300 Amp, which he reviews in the May issue of Premier Guitar. In this video review, he walks us through all the Compak 300's components including, an output of 175W / 300W, an active 3-band EQ with a sweepable mid-range, various digital effects and it comes with a neodymium 10" speaker and a soft dome tweeter with a tweeter level control provided. Click to read the written review.
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Voyage Air VAOM-1C Travel Guitar Video Review

December 17, 2008
Premier Guitar Reviewer Gayla Drake Paul reviews and demonstrates Voyage Air VAOM-1C mahogany acoustic guitar. Watch and see as Gayla shows the guitar's intuitive ability to break down into a much more travel-conducive package.

Read the full review, with extended sound clips here.

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