Read the June 2016 issue online now!

NAMM 2009

Former PRS Designer Joe Knaggs to Launch Joseph S. Knaggs Guitars

July 24, 2009
Knaggs, along with Peter Wolf, bring more than 50 years experience to the venture
Read More

Ragtime Music Automated Band - Summer NAMM '09

July 23, 2009
PG's Chris Burgess is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he visits the Ragtime Music booth. In this video, we get to see a fully-operational band that is set up through a jukebox. As you can see in the video, the jukebox has thousands of songs spanning across several musical genres. The instruments included in this demo included acoustic guitar, banjo, tambourine, steel drum, percussion and several others that work together to re-create your favorite tracks.
Read More

Schroeder Guitars Demo - Summer NAMM '09

July 23, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he visits the Schroeder Guitars booth. In this segment, we have Jason Z. Schroeder walk us through his line of handmade guitars that includes the double-cut Edge, Shorty, Stormy Monday and single-cut Radio Lane standard. In addition, we get to see some custom inlay work done by the Schroeder team. Also, we get to hear what tones the standard Radio Lane can produce in the hands of guitarist Tommy Kessler -- plays guitar for the Blue Man Group and "Rock of Ages" stage show.
Read More

Simple Amps Big Iron 34AV & 6AV Demos-Summer NAMM

July 22, 2009
PG's Chris Burgess is On Location in Nashville, TN for Summer NAMM '09 where he visits the Simple Amps booth. In this video segment, we get to hear from Simple Amps' Big Iron 34AV & 6LAV amps. The Big Iron 6VAV amp comes with 6V6 and the 34AV comes with EL34s, either 12AX7 or 12AU7 preamp tubes and runs hot at about 30 watts. The Big Iron 6VAV is built upon the same platform as its sister amp, the Big Iron 6VA, and the 34AV is very similar to the Big Iron 34A, the difference lies in the second "V," which stands for the added built-in Vibrato feature controlled by knobs on the front panel.
Read More

Traynor Custom Special 50H & 100H -Summer NAMM '09

July 22, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he visits the Traynor Amps booth. In this video segment, we get up close and personal with Traynor's Custom Special 50H and 100H heads. The 50H is a 50-watt Class-AB / 15-watt Class-A output head that features Brit / USA Voicing Switch on Clean channel, Modern & Scoop voicing switches on Lead channel and is packed with an Accutronics reverb tank. The 100H is driven by 4-EL34EH power and 4-12AX7A preamp tubes. Other features include a fully independent EQ, Effect & Reverb returns on each channel and versatile voicing options on all channels (Modern, Scoop, Boost & Bright).
Read More

Vintage V52 & V62 T-style Guitars-Summer NAMM '09

July 21, 2009
PG's Chris Burgess is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he visits the Vintage (by Trev Wilkinson) booth. In this video segment, we get our first look at two styles of Vintage guitars coming to North America shortly -- the V52 & V62 T-style guitars. These guitars feature appointments seen on the traditional Teles from the '50s and '60s but with some improvements. In addition, these guitars have been distressed and worn to match that of a guitar own and played for decades.
Read More

GlassTones Vitric Models - Summer NAMM '09

July 21, 2009
PG's Chris Burgess is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he visits the GlassTones booth. At first glimpse, these guitars have a shimmering attribute not seen on most guitars -- a highly-tempered silica based compound (e.g., glass) that works as the guitar's fretboard. This patented technology is described to eliminate interference from other inferior materials, such as metal, and purifying the vibration of the string. The resulting sound is clear, pure, and bold with increased sustain. Other appointments of GlassTones guitars include maple necks, Sperzel tuners, various Lindy Fralin pickups and Gotoh bridges.

Read More

Breedlove Guitars Mark II Synergy-Summer NAMM '09

July 20, 2009
PG's Chris Kies is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he visits the Breedlove Guitars booth. In this video, we get to check out Breedlove's newest electric model, the Mark II Synergy. The Mark II resembles a soft-cutaway Breedlove C25 in profile. The guitar features an asymmetrically chambered figured maple body. Also, its features include a bound ebony fretboard, Tone Pros hardware and the Synergy pickup that can help a guitarist create piano-like tones.
Read More

Vasant Guitars V-100 Archtop - Summer NAMM '09

July 20, 2009
PG's Chris Burgess is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he visits the Vasant Guitars booth. In this video, we get to see their flagship model, the V-100, and a prototype for an electric model. The V-100 is an archtop made of Sitka spruce (top), Curly maple (back and sides) and features a maple neck and ebony fingerboard. Other appointments include a Bartolini pickup that can be easily removed for easy access to the truss rod, Waverly tuners and a KTM-9 water bourn gloss lacquer finish.

Read More

Orange Amps Dual Terror Demo - Summer NAMM '09

July 20, 2009
PG's Chris Kies is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he visits the Orange Amps booth. In this video, we get to hear the Dual Terror in action played through a Jason Z. Schroeder guitar. The Dual Terror features 4-EL84 power tubes and 12AX7 preamp tubes. It can be dialed to a 30, 15 or 7 watt setting.
Read More

TV Jones P-90 Demo w/ Carl Bradychok - Summer NAMM

July 20, 2009
PG's Chris Kies is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he stops by the TV Jones booth. In this video segment, we get to see and hear TV Jones' newest pickup offering; P90s. The new P90s come in either black or cream white. The guitar-slinging rockabilly rocker who demos these pickups is none other than Carl Bradychok.
Read More

New Gear from Summer NAMM '09, Part 2

July 20, 2009
More gear from the floor in Nashville
Read More

Electro-Harmonix 22 Caliber, Cathedral & More Demo

July 19, 2009
Joe Coffey is On Location in Nashville, TN for Summer NAMM '09. In this video, we get to hear the rest of the new pedals EH brought to the show. The new Cathedral Stereo Reverb, Memory Toy, Memory Boy and 22 Caliber power amp. Click here to watch our video demo of their other new pedals, the POG2, Riddle: QBalls and V256 Vocoder/Pitch Shifter.

Read More

New Gear From Summer NAMM '09, Part 1

July 18, 2009
Hot new products from the first day of Summer NAMM
Read More

Electro-Harmonix POG2, Riddle: QBalls & V256 Demos

July 18, 2009
We're on location in Nashville, TN for the 2009 Summer NAMM show. In this video, Joe Coffey checks out three new pedals from Electro-Harmonix: the POG2, Riddle: QBalls and the new V256 vocoder/pitch shifter.

Read More

PRS Guitars Artist Panel Discussion Part II

March 10, 2009
PG is On Location at NAMM '09 where we visit the PRS Guitars booth. In the second installment, we get beneath the surface and hear directly from the artists about who were their inspirations and influences and also any relevant future plans. In this video, we hear from Paul Reed Smith, Dave Navarro, Johnny Hiland, Tony McManus, David Grissom, Marcos Curiel, Tim Mahoney, Mikael Akerfeldt, Fredrik Akesson, Gary Grainger, Mark Tremonti, Myles Kennedy and Rich Eckhardt.
Read More

PRS Guitars Artist Panel Discussion

March 7, 2009
PG is On Location at NAMM '09 where they swing by the PRS booth. In this video, we get to hear from PRS artists like Dave Navarro, Johnny Hiland, David Grissom, Tim Mahoney (311), Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth), Rich Eckhardt (Toby Keith Band) and Fredrik Akesson (Opeth).
Read More

SKB Cases PS-55 Pedalboard & Rotomold Strat Case

March 6, 2009
PG is On Location at NAMM '09 where they got an exclusive sneak peek at SKB Cases factory in Orange, CA, following one of the days at NAMM. In this video segment, we get a walk-through lead by Steph Maffei of SKB as he shows us their stagefive PS-55 pedalboard and newest rotomold case specifically for American Standard Strats.
Read More

True Temperament Fretting System

March 5, 2009
Brett Petrusek is On Location at NAMM '09 where he stops by the True Temperament Fretting System booth. In this segment, Brett learns a little more about the development process, how they are formed, applied to the fretboard and most importantly, how these crooked silicon bronze frets can improve your intonation and overall playing tone.
Read More

Vigier Guitars-New G.V. Singlecut Series

March 5, 2009
PG's Brett Petrusek is On Location at NAMM '09 where he visits the Vigier Guitars booth. In this clip, we get our first look at the new series of guitars made by Vigier, the G.V. Series. This series is a landmark introduction for Vigier because its their first step into the singlecut world. Also, Brett and Patrice Vigier talk about the 10/90 concept (10% carbon and 90% wood) for sustainability and improved intonation. In addition, they talk about the applying the zero fret to the G.V. series.
Read More