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SNAMM 2010

Summer NAMM - Cordoba Guitars Fusion 12 Orchestra

July 14, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Nashville, TN, for the 2010 Summer NAMM Show where he visits the Cordoba Guitars booth. In this segment, we get to check out some of their newest models including the Fusion Series 12 Orchestra and 14 Maple.

The Cordoba Fusion Orchestra 12 is the first full body guitar in the Fusion series. It features Indian rosewood back and sides, a lightweight cedar neck, and an ebony fingerboard and the option of either a solid Canadian cedar or European spruce top. The multiple ringed rosette is made of 100% natural woods and inlaid by hand, along with the Maple and ebony purfling that outlines the soundboard. A light mahogany binding accents the body shape of the Orchestra, which is slightly altered from a traditional nylon string guitar. The tone is dark and punchy in the basses, with strong, round trebles and balanced mids.

The 14 Maple is very similar to the Fusion 12 Orchestra, but its differences include a joint at the 14th fret, flame maple back and sides, mahogany neck, and a single cutaway body configuration.
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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 - 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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Summer NAMM '10 - Wechter Guitars Pathmaker Demo

June 24, 2010
PG's Andy Ellis is On Location in Nashville, TN, for the 2010 Summer NAMM show where he visits the Wechter Guitar booth. In this segment, we get to check out their first solidbody model--the Pathmaker SB Maple.

The Pathmaker SB Maple is a new solidbody from Abe Wechter, a luthier known for his forward-thinking acoustic designs. Equipped with dual Seymour Duncan humbuckers and Graph Tech's Ghost Acoustiphonic saddle-pickup system, this versatile guitar can move from scorching leads to shimmering, quasi-acoustic timbres with a flick of switch. Particularly exciting: It's the first production guitar to offer Seymour Duncan's Triple Shot pickup mounting rings, which have two mini switches that allow you to turn each coil on or off. As a result, you can quickly put the 'buckers in series, parallel, or a tapped single-coil configuration.
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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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