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Gear Award 2012

BilT Guitars S.S. Zaftig Electric Guitar Review

March 9, 2012
Fender’s also-ran guitars of yesteryear aren’t such also-rans these days. While vintage Stratocasters and Telecasters are out of reach for most folks who don’t have a CEO after their
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Carvin Brian Bromberg B24P Signature Bass Review

February 10, 2012
The new B24P bass is one of the two models resulting from Bromberg''s partnership with Carvin (there’s also a 5-string version of the Bromberg bass), and it’s one hell of a tool for dishing out low-end rumble.
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Lollar Pickups El Rayo Humbuckers Review

February 10, 2012
Jason Lollar is one of the undisputed kings of aftermarket pickups. In his workshop not far from Seattle, he crafts some of the finest, handmade Gibson- and Fender-style pickups
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TC Electronic PolyTune Mini Tuner Review

January 25, 2012
In addition to its super-small footprint, the pedal features the new version of the PolyTune software with Capo Tuning and a massively requested Drop-D mode.
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LA Amp Show - Sweetwood Guitars Comet Surftop Demo

November 11, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location at the 2010 LA Amp Show where he visits the Sweetwood Guitars booth. In this segment, we get to check out one of Sweetwood's Comet Surftop Standards in action.

The Comet Signature is similar to other company's Private Stock collections. Only the finest examples of each species of wood are used - the once in a lifetime pieces. Every "Signature Model" is a one off and has unique features.

Inspired by the classic styling's of the 1960's surf era, the Rock-Rite features a classic tone with some modern appointments. The Rock-Rite features our modern 2-bolt neck construction, a method of neck attachment that is simply stronger, more durable and tighter than a four-bolt can achieve. The ergonomically designed heal block allows near seamless access to the upper registers. Tonally, the 2-bolt separates itself by improving string attack and enhancing both note bloom and sustain.

The Comet is their flagship model and features fast and comfortable necks. The Standards come with an Eastern rock maple top on a mahogany body, quarter-sawn multi-lam neck with a pau ferro fretboard, Hipshot hardware, and custom wound pickups.
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VOX - Joe Satriani Ice 9 Overdrive Demo

March 30, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location in Frankfurt, Germany, where he visits the VOX Amplification booth. In this segment, we get to check out the newest effects pedal from VOX - the Joe Satriani Signature Ice 9 Overdrive. The Ice 9 overdrive pedal is fourth in a series of effect pedals created in collaboration between world-renowned guitarist Joe Satriani and VOX.

With two distinct overdrive modes, versatile tone-shaping, and the ever-popular 'More' switch, the Ice 9 delivers a wide range of inspiring tones, yet remains remarkably easy to use. The Ice 9's controls are Gain, Tone, Bass Volume and it features the aforementioned More switch. In addition, it has another switch that goes between Vintage and Modern voicings. The Vintage mode employs a special op amp and premium diodes to offer overdrive effects that are sweetly warm and classic, with just the right amount of sparkle and sustain. In contrast, the Modern voice utilizes a Germanium diode to kick up a cutting-edge overdrive that is altogether new and aggressive.

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