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NAMM 2010

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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NAMM '10 - 65Amps Tupelo Demo

February 24, 2010
PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM Show where he visits the 65Amps booth. In this segment, we get to check out their newest amp, the Tupelo.

The Tupelo is a breakthrough amplifier rooted in the same lost designs as his brother "Lil Elvis" only based on a 6V6 power section. The unique circuitry of the "Elvis" circuit creates a platform that reveals the true character of the power tubes to a surprising level. The 6V6 power section changes the character of the Elvis front end to sound like outstanding examples of American circuitry from the late 50's through the mid-sixties while at the same time removing all the bad behaviors of those old amps. The Tupelo is a must for players whose ears are tuned to American circuits and sounds. Equally comfortable in every music genre, the Tupelo is a super-versatile cousin to the Lil Elvis with more power, an astonishing vocabulary, touch sensitivity and harmonic richness. Again loaded with 65's "Master Voltage" circuitry to make the Tupelo comfortable at any volumes from Bedroom to Coffee House to Small Clubs to the Studio. The Tupelo also features as passive FX Loop, 2 speaker outs and 65's unique bias tremolo.

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NAMM '10-DigiTech JamMan Solo Demo & JamMan Stereo

February 19, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM Show where she visits the DigiTech booth. In this segment, we get to check out their two newest JamMan offerings -- the JamMan Solo and the JamMan Stereo.

In 2005, Digitech crafted the original JamMan, over 6 hours worth of material could be stored on a removable media card. Now, DigiTech? they have the new JamMan Solo Looper/Phrase Sampler with the ability to store 35 minutes of CD-quality loops in 99 internal memories as well as having an SD memory card expansion slot giving you the ability to store over 16 hours of material in an additional 99 slots.The JamMan Solo is designed for guitarists and bassists packing a full-featured looper in a compact form factor.

The JamMan Solo features USB connectivity and will sync to DigiTechs free JamManager? software that organizes and saves your JamMan Solos loops to PC or Mac. JamManager also lets you quickly create custom JamLists to take to your gig.

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NAMM '10 - Radial Engineering Vienna Chorus, PZ-DI

February 18, 2010
PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM Show where he visits the Radial Engineering booth. In this segment, we get to check out three of their newest products for 2010.

Here, we get to see and hear from the Bones Vienna Chorus, the PZ-DI box and the F11 Tube Preamp for bass or acoustic guitars.

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NAMM ' 10 - James Trussart Steelmaster,Steelcaster

February 18, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM Show where he visits the James Trussart Guitars booth. In this segment, we get to see and hear from three of his latest guitar offerings -- the Steelmaster, the Steel O Matic Gatorskin and Steelcaster Snakeskin. All the demos are performed by rockabilly guitarist Danny B. Harvey.

The Steelmaster has a '62 maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard, alder body with antique snakeskin finish and Arcane Inc. Jazz 90 (P-90 construction and tone in a Jazz Master housing) pickups.

The Steel O Matic has a Gator engraved top, pickguard and headcap. It features a '62 maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard and an alder body. It is loaded with Arcane Inc. singlecoils.

The Steelcaster has a perforated back, a '62 maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard. It has an Arcane Inc. pickups -- Tele (bridge) and a humbucker (neck).

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NAMM '10 - Yamaha FSX720 & FSX730 Acoustics

February 18, 2010
PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM Show where he visits the Yamaha Guitars booth. In this segment, we get to see two of their newest acoustic models for 2010.

The new models are the FSX720 and FSX730, which are both derived from the FG series. The FSX720 has mahogany back and sides, rosewood bridge and neck. Also, it features piezo electronics.

The FSX730 has rosewood back and sides, rosewood bridge and neck. Also, it comes loaded with transducer electronics.

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