Magnatone Giveawya

August Issue

Review Demo

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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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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