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NAMM 2010

Summer NAMM '10-D'Angelico Apache Solidbody & More

August 4, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Nashville, TN for the 2010 Summer NAMM Show where she visits the D'Angelico Guitars booth. In this segment, we get a rundown on several of their guitars, including the Apache Teardrop, the Apache Solidbody, the Ambassador Flattop acoustic, the Excel-SS and the 16" Archtop.

The Excel-SS features a laminated flame maple top, back, and sides complete with bound f-holes. Its neck is a two-piece maple with a center stripe and its fingerboard is made of ebony.

The 16" New Yorker has a carved spruce top and figured maple back and sides.

The Apache solidbody prototype has Lollar Imperial humbuckers and reconstituted fretboard inlays.
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Summer NAMM '10 - Randall Amplifiers RT503 Head

August 3, 2010
PG's Brett Petrusek is On Location in Nashville, TN, for the 2010 Summer NAMM Show where he swings by the Randall Amplifiers booth. In this segment, we get to check out one of their newest heads--the RT503.

The RT503 is a 50 watt, 6L6-loaded (can also come with EL34s), 3-channel amplifier. Its three channels include, Channel 1 - Classic Clean - from sparkling to highly overdriven, Channel 2 - Classic Overdrive - from mild grit to full saturation, and Channel 3 - Modern Overdrive - full hi gain tone. Each channel's controls include Bass, Middle, and Treble (Channel 1 has a Bright switch) and the master controls are Volume and Reverb.
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Summer NAMM - Santa Cruz Guitar 1934 D,OM,F Custom

August 2, 2010
PG's Brett Petrusek is On Location in Nashville, TN, for the 2010 Summer NAMM Show where he visits the Santa Cruz Guitar booth. In this segment, Santa Cruz's head luthier Richard Hoover shows us several of their models, including the OM, F Custom, 1929 OO, and 1934 D.

The 1929's design pays homage to the simple and elegant instruments made for players enduring the Great Depression of 1929. Vintage inspired appointments include scalloped bracing, a period correct script style logo done tastefully in Ivoroid and beautifully executed ebony pyramid bridge, bridge pins, tuner buttons, head-plate and fretboard. The rosette is an exercise in austere elegance with a rich tortoise ring nestled in a vintage Ivoroid border. It is made with a mahogany body, back, and sides and the neck is joined at the 12th fret.

In the 1920's, the Orchestra Model was originally intended to be a large guitar capable of being heard over other orchestral instruments, hence the OM name. Although it fit the bill, its relatively large body was soon eclipsed by the mighty dreadnought. Fortunately, the OM had secured its place in history as a powerful and versatile voice for public performance. Santa Cruz was among the first modern builders to reintroduce this now smaller bodied favorite at the beginning of the Eighties. Their practice of combining the most desirable attributes of old and new, rather than copying, made for a very successful introduction of the Santa Cruz Guitar Company to a whole new audience. The OM provides clean, loud mid-range and trebles that are complimented by a slightly predominate bass. It features an Indian rosewood body, Sitka spruce top and the neck joins the body at the 14th fret.

The secret to the often superior tone of vintage instruments lies in aged woods (crystallized resins) and the relaxation of tensions built-in during manufacture. This is exactly what we account for in our 1934 D Model. Brazilian rosewood cut in the 1930's, Adirondack spruce top and bracing from the same era and real hot hide glue, that sets glass-like and resonant, give us the foundation for an authentic vintage sound. By applying our singular tuning and voicing talents and taking our time to ensure a relaxed assembly, we consistently access the secrets to the 'Old Bone' sound. The original lacquer formula, nitro-cellulose, is composed of the same stuff as trees; we are protecting and enhancing the sound of the instrument with a fine coating of wood! It is the only choice to complement this heirloom quality guitar.
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Summer NAMM - Fargen Amps Mini Plex MKII,Duo-Tone

July 29, 2010
PG's Brett Petrusek is On Location in Nashville, TN, for the 2010 Summer NAMM Show where he visits the Fargen Amps booth. In this video, we get to check out two of Fargen's amps--the Mini Plex MKII and the AC Duo-Tone.

The Fargen Mini Plex MKII features English classic rock and high gain crunch tones. It pumps out quality tone on par with a 50 or 100 watt Marshall, and maintains this tone at apartment/bedroom levels.

The Mini Plex MKII hand-wired tube amplifier delivers high-energy, cranked tube amp tone at quiet volumes with a mixture of great tube amp design, world-class custom components, and the amazing Kevin O'Conner Power Scaling technology. The power scaling circuit uses voltage manipulation (think variac) to control output volume and power tube overdrives without cutting high-end frequencies like an attenuator does, and allows you to run the amp anywhere from 12 watts down to below a 1/2 watt for the ultimate low volume jamming experience.

The Mini Plex MKII captures all of your favorite British high gain and classic rock tones with the help of our patented "Decade Switch" technology. The Fargen "Decade Switch" gives you 3 different classic sounds/gain structures and morphs between 3 completely different classic British preamp circuits ... the JTM45, Plexi JMP and JCM 800. It features EL34/KT66 /KT77/6550/6L6/5881/6V6 ECT tubes.

This new Fargen design features two channels of English vibe that will cover any and all of your EL84 Brit-tone needs. It all starts with the V15 channel. With its complex jangle and chime, it rings out for days with the perfect simplicity you expect from a classic AC-Brit style tube amp. It then follows with the throaty roar of the M18 Channel -- the perfect opposite of the V15 Channel. The Fargen AC Duo-Tone simply covers more sonic ground than any other 2 x EL84 tube amp you have heard, modern or vintage.
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Summer NAMM - EMG Solderless Pickups w/ Rob Turner

July 26, 2010
PG's Brett Petrusek is On Location in Nashville, TN, for the 2010 Summer NAMM Show where he visits the EMG Pickups booth. In this segment, EMG's founder Rob Turner talks us through their new solderless pickups which will eventually include most of their pickup models.
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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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