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NAMM '11 - Orange Amplifiers DIVO TubeSync

January 21, 2011
PG's Chris Kies is On Location at the 2011 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, where he swings by the Orange Amps booth. In this segment, we hear from Orange's engineer Adrian Emsley about their new device -- DIVO TubeSync. The DIVO TubeSync technology automatically adjusts the bias of the output power tubes to ensure their full potential is realized. It monitors the amp's performance and will isolate faulty tube failures, by running them at half power until the tubes can be changed. The DIVO system also increases the reliability of amplifiers by maintaining the optimum performance of the tubes by performing an 'in circuit' test every time the amplifier is powered up. DIVO technology opens up a whole new dimensions in tone options allowing for the first time ever the ability to mix and match tubes. You can experiment with an EL34, 6L6, 6550, KT77 or any other tube type all at the same time in the same amp. With DIVO the Tubes are automatically matched. DIVO will extend the lifespan of your tubes and never again pay a tech to re-bias. DIVO can be easily integrated into any almost any guitar tube amplifier. Orange amps will be offering this as option in their new Rockerverb 100 which will be "DIVO Ready." For other Orange amps and most other brands Orange offer the DIVO Orange Tube Sync OV4, a complete standalone unit.
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NAMM '11 - Peavey Triple XXX II Demo

January 19, 2011
PG's Charles Saufley is On Location at the 2011 NAMM Show where he visits the Peavey Amplifiers room. In this segment, we get to see and hear from their new Triple XXX head. The Triple XXX II delivers tones ranging from the Peavey Classic® 50 to vintage British to the modern Triple XXX. The versatile and comprehensive control section supplies a Master Volume pot and independent Volume knobs for each of the three channels (Clean, Rhythm and Lead). Tone shaping is accomplished through passive controls for Bass, Mid and Treble on the Clean channel, while the Rhythm and Lead channels utilize active Low, Mid and High controls. The pristine Triple XXX II Clean channel is the perfect foundation for layering outboard effects. The high-gain Rhythm and Lead channels both include a Noise Gate and exclusive FAT switches that add extra heft, while the master section features our patented tone-sculpting tools, Resonance and Presence, which adjust upper- and lower-end response and damping factor. To top it off, the power amp can use EL34 or 6L6GC output tubes, further expanding the tonal options.
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NAMM '11 - Parker Guitars Vernon Reid Maxfly

January 19, 2011
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2011 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, where he visits the Parker Guitars booth. In this segment, we get to see the latest in their Maxfly line of guitars--Vernon Reid Maxfly and the Maxfly DF824.
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NAMM '11 - Hayden Amplifiers MOFO 100

January 19, 2011
PG's Andy Ellis is On Location at the 2011 NAMM Show where he visits the Hayden Amplifiers booth. In this segment, we get introduced to their newest guitar amplifier--the MoFo 100. The MoFo is an amplifier that looks every bit as sensational as it sounds - a tradition continued by NAMM debutants the MoFo 100 head, and the MoFo 55 head and 1x12 combo. Beside obvious hikes in power, the new MoFos get 2 channels for even more tonal flexibility, while the 100 head also benefits from the addition of reverb fitted ahead of the FX output.
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NAMM '11 - Ernie Ball Music Man Game Changer Demo

January 19, 2011
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location at the 2011 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, where she visits the Ernie Ball Music Man booth. In this segment, we get a thorough walk-through of their revolutionary new guitar--the Game Changer. The Game Changer fundamentally changes the guitar player's experience. Rather than relying on pre-set pickup configurations traditionally provided by instrument manufacturers, The Game Changer gives guitarists unrestricted access to a vast library of tones via a true analog pickup switching system. Available on select Music Man Reflex models, this patent-pending system electronically rewires a guitar or bass instantly, combining any order of pickup coils in series, parallel, and in or out of phase to create tones unique to the individual creating them. Imagine having complete tonal control of your instrument with more than 250,000 pickup configurations*, without rewiring anything. With The Game Changer, the audio signal is never digitized or modeled in any way, providing a transparent analog signal path for the absolute purist. In conjunction with The Game Changer website, musicians can also create, save and share their tonal selections with other players from around the world.
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NAMM '11 Fishman Fission Bass Powerchord FX Demo

January 18, 2011
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location at the 2011 NAMM Show where he swings by the Fishman booth. In this segment, we check out their newest stompbox created for bassists--the Fission Bass Powerchord FX. Fission Bass lets any bassist lay down beds of power by adding stacked harmonies over their bass lines. Through an intuitive set of controls and footswitches, several combinations of octaves, 4th and 5th above the root note combine to produce powerchords or octave-up effects. The four footswitch LEDs give you visible indication of the selected harmony. When the effect is off, the LEDs dim making it easy to set up a harmony before you kick on the chord. It's also a multi-effect pedal with up to 3 voices of harmony, adjustable noise gate, overdrive, tone and effect level. This power-effect combo gives you creative control over anything from subtle octaves to thick, grinding effects that even your guitar player will envy. Housed in a lightweight, yet sturdy metal enclosure, Fission Bass uses state-of-the-art 32-bit signal processing and 24-bit audio conversion. Its monophonic input accepts a wide range of pickups. The mix output is perfect for single amp operation and an effect-only output for feeding a dedicated guitar amp. Featues: * Creates stacked harmonies above the root note: o Octave up o 4th & Octave up o Octave & 5th up o Octave up, 5th up & 2nd octave up * Unique footswitch LEDs let you 'see' the harmony before you kick it on * Noise Gate control * Overdrive control * Tone control * Effect Level control
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NAMM '11 - TC Electronic Tone Prints Demos

January 18, 2011
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location at the 2011 NAMM Show where he visits the TC Electronic booth. In this segment, we get a demo of the new line of TC Electronic effects--the Tone Print stompboxes. These new pedals -- Corona Chorus, Flashback Delay & Looper, Vortex Flanger, Shaker Vibrato and Hall of Fame Reverb -- deliver tones right out of the box and feature a true bypass and analog-dry-through design that guarantees maximum tonal integrity and ultimate clarity. A small footprint, easy battery access and super high-grade components complete these awesome pedals. In short, they combine simplicity and flexibility with unrivaled sound quality. All these new pedals feature a new concept called 'TonePrint' that gives users instant access to the sounds of their favorite guitar heroes. A TonePrint isn't just a static preset, it's a complete re-tuning of the pedal including the sound and how the pots react -- everything that makes a pedal unique. TC Electronic has collaborated with some guitarists in the world -- such as John Petrucci, Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal, Joe Perry, Orianthi and Doug Aldrich -- to create the first batch of TonePrints, but that's just the beginning. The list of contributing artists will expand massively in the future. A simple USB cable connects these pedals to any PC or Mac for the actual Tone Transfusion. Each pedal is capable of holding one TonePrint at a time, but the concept is unlimited as users can swap TonePrints as many times as they want. All of these custom made TonePrints can be downloaded at TC Electronic's website -- it's easy, fast and totally free!
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NAMM '11 - Marshall AFD100 Slash Signature Head

January 18, 2011
PG's Chris Kies is On Location at the 2011 NAMM Show where he visits the Marshall Amplification booth. In this segment, we get our first taste of the new Slash AFD100 Signature Head. Using the original AFD master recordings, Slash and Marshall painstakingly worked together to replicate his AFD sound. "This is an idea I've had for quite some time," the guitarist reveals. "So many fans have been trying to duplicate that sound. I thought, 'who better than to really perfect it other than Marshall?' We spent a lot of time together developing this amp. We stripped a couple of guitar tracks off the original AFD masters and basically got in there with a fine tooth comb so we could suss out exactly what made that sound the way that it was." After countless hours and several prototypes, the AFD100 was born with two distinct, footswitchable modes labeled #34 and AFD, both offering 100% pure Slash sounds. The first is based on the modified JCM800 2203 he's used since the late '80s and had "34" stenciled on the side, hence the "#34" name. The second is, of course, pure, unadulterated AFD. "We used 'Night Train' as one of the man reference tracks and the amp sounds just like it." Slash concludes. "I think we've been totally successful!" The amp boasts a mixture of both traditional and modern Marshall aesthetics -- a unique blend of Plexi, JCM800 and Silver Jubilee cosmetics. In addition to its dual, footswitchable modes, the AFD100 also has the following features: - Two inputs -- high and low sensitivity - Built in Electronic Power Attenuation. Controlled by a front-panel knob, this allows you to adjust the amp's output from 100% to 0.01%, and anywhere in-between, without sacrificing the tone and feel of those all-important power valves. - Footswitchable* Series FX loop with Return Level control. - Valve Fault Indicator: meaning that if one of the output valves develops a fault, a visual indicator on the rear of the amplifier shows which one is working incorrectly. This "roadie friendly feature" will save valuable time getting the amplifier back up and running again, should a valve issue occur. - Auto-Bias & Bias Current Trimmer to ensure correct power valve biasing and optimal valve life and function
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NAMM '11 - TV Jones P-90 Pickup Mounts and More

January 18, 2011
PG's Chris Kies is On Location at the 2011 NAMM Show where he swings by the TV Jones booth. In this segment, we get to hear from TV Jones' Tom Jones about some new accessories for his P-90 pickups and Model 10 guitars. Now available, TV Jones is offering a mounting package that allows players to put TV Jones P-90s into a Gretsch guitar without ripping into the guitar's top. And new for the Model 10 guitars are new pickguard materials and colors.
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NAMM '11 - Bogner Mephisto & Panama Demos

January 18, 2011
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location at the 2011 NAMM Show where she swings by the Bogner Amplification booth. In this segment, we get our first demos of the Mephisto and Panama amps. The Mephisto is two amps in one--loaded with two 6V6 and two EL84 tubes. Play each channel separately or blend them together for a unique sound. With both channels cranked, it pushes about 25 watts and has built in attenuation. In addition, the Panama goes falls in line with Bogner's International line of amps. This model is a 6V6-loaded, 4-watt bedroom monster with plenty of gain for any style of player.
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