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Gear Award 2012

Jackson Ampworks Newcastle Amp Review

May 11, 2012
This amp has amazing synergy with whatever you plug in to it, giving your fingers and axe power to take you from muted, complex jazz tones to perfect ’70s crunch and everything in between.
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Jason Z. Schroeder Chopper TL "T-Pine" Electric Guitar Review

May 11, 2012
The Chopper TL is a more classic, mid-century riff on the Chopper concept that marries Schroeder’s aura of handcrafted loveliness with semi-hollow tones.
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Fender Johnny Marr Signature Jaguar Guitar Review

April 6, 2012
When Fender gave Marr a chance to come up with his own version of the design, he responded with a smart, thoughtful, superbly executed take on this much-misunderstood, and ultra-expressive instrument.
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Fargen Retro Classic Amp Review

April 6, 2012
A handwired, 25-watt powerhouse that enables you to explore the tones of two classic Marshall circuits
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M-Tone Slipstream Electric Guitar Review

March 9, 2012
Light-emitting diodes, freeze-dried ice cream, and amazing new foams were among the many Space Race spin-offs that trickled down to consumers and ultimately enriched their lives (well, maybe not
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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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