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NAMM 2010

Summer NAMM '10 - Pacer Concepts Stocker

July 23, 2010
PG's Brett Petrusek is On Location in Nashville, TN, for the 2010 Summer NAMM show where he visits the Pacer Concepts booth. In this segment, we check out their product the stocker, which protects headstocks when they're stored in gig bags.

The Stocker is designed to function on 99.9% of all inline tuner guitars. The material selected for the construction is ABS Plastic for durability and flexibility. ABS Plastic is soft enough as to not harm any of your instruments surfaces. They do include two self-adhering felt templates that add extra protection for those who wish to provide a plush interior for their instrument.
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Summer NAMM '10 - DBZ Guitars Peacemaker Cavallo V

July 17, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Nashville, TN, for the 2010 Summer NAMM Show where she visits the DBZ Guitars booth. In this segment, we get to check out one of the newest DBZ US models--the Peacemaker Cavallo V.

Another work of art from Dean Zelinsky and his team, and it's stunning. The construction is a traditional mahogany+maple cap combination, with an intricate Wild West-inspired theme carved into the top. It features custom DBZ pickups and hardware.

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Summer NAMM '10 - Premier Builders Guild

July 15, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Nashville, TN, for the 2010 Summer NAMM show where he visits the Premier Builders Guild booth. In this segment, we learn about the idea behind the guild, the benefits for small-time builders, and some possibilities for other small-time luthiers can join. In addition, we get introduced to guitars from the existing guild, which includes models built by Dennis Fano, Gene Baker, Jason Z. Schroeder, Mark Bartel, Roger Giffin, Saul Koll, and Johan Gustavsson.
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Summer NAMM '10:Blackstar HT-Blackfire Gus. G Demo

July 13, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Nashville, TN, for the 2010 Summer NAMM show where she visits the Blackstar Amplification booth. In this segment, we get to see and hear from their newest distortion pedal - the HT-Blackfire Gus G. Signature.

The HT-BLACKFIRE is the first artist signature product by Blackstar, developed with influential guitarist Gus G. (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind). It's a dual channel valve metal distortion pedal. The channels are named after the fan-favorite Firewind track "The Fire And The Fury." The Fire channel delivers a high gain classic distortion, while the Fury channel takes you to screaming lead and beyond.
With its black finish, orange and red LEDs, black grille and Blackstar designed Gus G. logo, the HT-BLACKFIRE looks as serious as it sounds.
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Summer NAMM '10 -D'Angelico Guitars Performance

July 12, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Nashville, TN, for the 2010 Summer NAMM Show where she visits the D'Angelico booth. In this segment, we get to check out two D'Angelico artists perform--Warren Battiste and Rick Stone.
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Summer NAMM '10 - Diamond Amps Positron Demo

July 12, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Nashville, TN, for the 2010 Summer NAMM Show where she swings by the Diamond Amplification booth. In this segment, we get to check out their newest head--the Positron.

This little Class A rocker is loaded with 2-EL84s and clocks in at 22 watts. It isn't as big or gnarly as its big brother Diamonds, but this is a no-joke tone machine with only two controls--Tone and Volume. It has crystal cleans, but it begs to be dimed so it can create some Mike Campbell-esque rock 'n' roll.
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Summer NAMM '10 - TV Jones Savalas Tele Bridge

June 30, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Nashville, TN, for the 2010 Summer NAMM Show where she visits the TV Jones booth. In this segment, we get to check out the new TV Jones Savalas Telecaster Bridge kit that allows Tele-lovers the chance to drop in Filter 'Tron pickups with minimal routing and damage to American Standard and vintage Telecasters.

For this demo, we have North of Memphis' guitarist Carl Bradychok.
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Summer NAMM '10 - Hardwire TR-7 Tremolo/Rotary

June 30, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Nashville, TN, for the 2010 Summer NAMM Show where she visits the Hardwire Effects Pedals booth. In this segment, we get to check out their new pedal--the TR-7 Tremolo/Rotary.

The TR-7 is a true stereo tremolo, rotary, and vibrato pedal. Tones range from traditional tremolo to a highly-detailed rotary cabinet. Vibrato effects finish the mix for the world's most advanced pedal of its kind. With its high-voltage operation, the TR-7 is at home both on a pedalboard or in the effects loop of an amp where standard pedals distort due to the large signal from the amplifier's loop. The TR-7 also features true stereo I/O allowing for complex connections and sounds with extreme flexibility.
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Summer NAMM '10 - Above Ground FX Tremolo, Phaser

June 29, 2010
PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Nashville, TN, for the 2010 Summer NAMM Show where he visits the AboveGroundFX booth. In this segment, we get to check out their three newest guitar effects pedals--Rocks Hard Distortion, Ropez PH Phaser and Tap Tremolo.

The Rocks Hard is a rich distortion that offers big, crunchy gain tones without losing definition in chords and single string notes. AbovegroundFX describe the Ropez PH Phaser with rich, clean modulating sounds that maintain guitar level when activated making it great for live use. Its versatile controls allow for a wide variety of sonic possibilities ranging from the hypnotic and dizzying to the spooky and sickening.

The Tap Tremolo is described as having a clean and full bandwidth sound for the least coloration on an entirely analog signal path. As with all of our effects the tremolo is true bypass. The Ratio knob affects the factor which the tap tempo is multiplied by fixed stepped amounts, from 4x to 1/4x the tapped frequency.
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Summer NAMM '10 - Sonoma Wire Works GuitarJack

June 25, 2010
PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Nashville, TN, for the 2010 Summer NAMM show where he visits the Sonona Wire Works booth. In this segment, we get to check out their latest guitar-centric offering, the GuitarJack.

The GuitarJack connects instruments, stereo line inputs and microphones to the iPhone 3G, 3GS and iPod Touch (2nd generation) via 1/4 inch instrument and 1/8 inch stereo mic/line inputs. GuitarJack makes both level control and input monitoring possible when using a GuitarJack enhanced app like FourTrack.
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NY Amp Show '10 - Bludotone Amps Hi-Plains Drifter

June 24, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2010 NY Amp Show where he visits the Bludotone Amp room. In this segment, we get to check out their newest amp--the Hi-Plains Drifter.

The Hi-Plains Drifter is a single-channel, 150-watt amplifier with spring reverb designed for the bluesy rock players of the SRV and Eric Johnson school. Bludotone's Brandon Montgomery describes the amp's tone as "going from a sparkly, spankin' clean to a medium roar overdrive, but still retaining the guitar's original tone. Even though the amp is 150 watts, it still produces those overdriven tones at a reasonable volume... it doesn't have to be loud, but it sure likes to be loud."
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Summer NAMM '10 - Fret King ATD Auto-Tuning Bridge

June 23, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Nashville, TN, for the 2010 Summer NAMM show where she swings by the Fret King booth. In this segment, we get to check out the new Trev Wilkinson Fret King Auto Tuning bridge.

Trev Wilkinson, the brains behind the UK-based Fret King and Vintage brands, debuted a brand-new auto-tuning bridge that can store five user-programmable tuning presets, in addition to the pre-loaded standard E, open G, DADGAD, and open D. It's very easy to use, and tunes very quickly and accurately. The bridge comes installed on the Fret King Super-Matic, but will also be available for all manufacturers to install in their models.
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Summer NAMM '10 - Laney Amps Cub Head Demo

June 23, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Nashville, TN, for the 2010 Summer NAMM Show where she visits the Laney Amps booth. In this segment, we get to check out the low-powered Cub Head.

The all new CUB HEAD gives players access to British valve tone. The retro styled Cub Head features a top mounted control panel consisting of the following; Gain, Treble, Middle, Bass, Volume, Tone and Reverb.

The Cub Head houses 3-ECC83s in its preamp and 2-EL84s in the power amp section. The Cub Head has two input options, one giving you 15W RMS of valve tone, the other giving you a valve sound, but cutting the output down to .75 of a watt.

The rear panel of the Cub Head houses two speaker out sockets in 8 & 16 Ohm options, a footswitch socket for switching the reverb and an effects loop consisting of a Send/Line out socket and a return socket. The Cub Head can be paired with any Laney cabinet.

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Summer NAMM '10 - Dynamic Amps DynaLead Demo

June 22, 2010
PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Nashville, TN, where he visits the Dynamic Amplifiers booth. In this segment, we get to check out their newest amp--the DynaLead.

They DynaLead pays homage to both "blackface" and "plexi" amplifiers of the '60s, this footswitchable two-channel amplifier takes the art one step further by creating a quasi-third channel, one that links the two, creating a very high gain lead option with its own gain and volume control.

This amplifier also sports a 6-spring reverb tank with vintage reverb circuit and PowerStep, a circuit that reduces power to 50% or 90%, with no loss of tone quality. Additionally, this class AB amp allows the user to switch output tubes as it is factory biased for 6V6, 6L6 and the EL34 tubes it comes with. This is facilitated with two externally accessed switches. External bias adjustment and unique tone circuits round out the package.

Dynamic amplifiers are all-tube, turret board construction, hand wired, and fitted with custom transformers. Available in head or combo format.
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Summer NAMM '10 - Ernie Ball Gigbag Amp Demo

June 21, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location in Nashville, TN, for the 2010 NAMM Show where he visits the Ernie Ball Booth. In this segment, we get to check out Ernie Ball's newest product--the Gigbag Amp.

This new Ernie Ball accessory allows a guitarist to plug and play anywhere. It has a built-in custom two-channel Marshall amp that features three controls--Tone, Volume, and Gain. It also has a dedicated MP3 input so you can jam along to your favorite tracks and a headphone jack so you can practice privately. And to boot, the gigbag doubles as an amp stand because when it is empty the bottom of the bag and be clipped to the top, creating a triangular amp stand that can help project your tones.
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Summer NAMM '10 - Taylor GS Mini Demo, V-Cable

June 21, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location at Nashville, TN, for the 2010 Summer NAMM show where he visits the Taylor Guitars booth. In this segment, we get to hear and see the GS Mini and the V Cable.

The GS Mini features a solid Sitka top, a back and sides of sapele laminate, an ebony fretboard and bridge, and a tortoise shell pickguard. The Mini comes ready to go anywhere in a specially engineered Taylor GS Mini Hardbag and will be available at domestic Taylor dealers starting in late July. The ES-Go and V-Cable will also be available in late July through Taylor's online merchandise and accessories store, TaylorWare. Players can also purchase the Taylor V-Cable through RapcoHorizon, the manufacturer of the V-Cable.
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Summer NAMM 2010 New Gear - Editors' Picks Day 2

June 19, 2010
PG Editors pick their favorite gear from Day 2 of Summer NAMM
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Summer NAMM 2010 New Gear - Editors' Picks Day 1

June 18, 2010
Our editors'' favorites from the first day of Summer NAMM
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Way Huge Aqua-Puss MKII Analog Delay Pedal Review

April 15, 2010
Way Huge re-releases an underground classic
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