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Tanglewood Guitars MasterDesign Series-Summer NAMM

August 21, 2009
PG's Chris Burgess is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he visits the Tanglewood Guitars booth. In this segment, we get to check out their MasterDesign Series - made in collaboration with Michael Sanden. The guitars in this series all feature Michael's special bracing and "swoosh" bridge. In addition, all the guitars feature a solid spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides, twin-piece mahogany neck and ebony fingerboard complete with a 0 fret.
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DBZ Guitars - Venom, Imperial, Cavallo & More

August 21, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he visits the DBZ Guitars booth. In this segment, we get an overview of several of DBZ's models from Mr. DBZ himself, Dean Zelinsky. We get to check out the Cavallo (mahogany body, maple top, set mahogany neck and custom DBZ pickups), Bolero (mahogany body with a maple top, set mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard and custom DBZ hardware) and Imperial (mahogany body with a flamed maple top, set mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard and custom DBZ hardware).

We also get to check out some of DBZ's "Dark Side" models including the Venom (mahogany body, set maple neck w/ ebony fingerboard, EMG pickups and original Floyd Rose) and Bird of Prey (mahogany body, set maple neck w/ ebony fingerboard, EMG pickups and original Floyd Rose trem).

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Hanson Guitars - Chicagoan, Firenze, Gatto & More

August 20, 2009
PG's Chris Burgess is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he visits the Hanson Guitars booth. In this segment, we get introduced to several of this Chicago-based guitar company.

First off, the Cigno features a bound mahogany body, set mahogany neck with a rosewood fingerboard and it comes loaded with Hanson P-90s.

Another model is the Gatto, which comes with bound mahogany body, set mahogany neck with a rosewood fingerboard and is loaded with Hanson humbuckers featuring coil-tap options.

Next up, is the Chicagoan. It features bound maple top, back and sides, set maple neck with a ebony fingerboard and its loaded with Hanson mini-humbuckers.

And the last Hanson model we get to check out is the Firenze. This model features and ash body, maple bolt-on neck, rosewood or maple fingerboards and Hanson "Blade" mini-humbuckers.

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JBovier Stringed Instruments - Various Mandolins

August 20, 2009
PG's Chris Burgess is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he visits the JBovier Stringed Instruments booth. In this segment we get to see some traditional and not-so-traditional mandolins. Jeff Cowherd shows off two of his in-progress projects - electric solidbody mandolins.

And for a more traditional mandolin, he shows us his F5Z mandolin. It features an engleman spruce top, carved African zebrawood back and sides, solid Canadian flamed maple neck and an ebony fingerboard.

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Carvin BX500 Amp and BR410 Neo Cab Review

August 19, 2009
The BX500 features a lot of watts packed into a small package for a portable, flexible bass amp option
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The Montreal Guitar Show '09

August 19, 2009
Our picks from the Montreal Guitar Show
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The Bass-ics

August 19, 2009
Want to succeed at bass? Be ok with playing simple.
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DAR Amps - Superaria Head Demo - Summer NAMM '09

August 19, 2009
PG's Chris Burgess is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he swings by the DAR Amps booth. In this segment, we get to check out DAR's Superaria head. The Superaria is like no other guitar amp in that it comes loaded with 6C33 tubes, which are the same tubes used in MIG 25 jets and Russian battlefield tanks. It delivers a full 65 watts of rich Class A tone. In Aria mode, this amp delivers an astounding 35 watts of hum free and harmonically accurate Single Ended Class A tone (accomplished while maintaining push pull bandwidth and stability). A switchable tone stack matrix delivers tones from classic American rock all the way to the deepest grinding bone crushing British import sound. The amp is advertised as pushing more gain than anyone could ever want, this beast even comes with a spring reverb.
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Video Review - Carvin BX500 Head & BR410 Cabinet

August 19, 2009
PG's Dan Berkowitz walks us through a video review of the Carvin BX500 and BR410 cabinet. The amp is a 500 watt, Class D head, which weighs a meager six pounds. The tiny head's dimensions are 3"x9"x14" and the preamp is a 3-stage, Class A, which features one 12AX7 tube. The front panel knobs include Contour, Bass, Compressor, Treble, Master Volume and a 9-band EQ.

The BR410 cabinet is made of a cross grain laminated multi-ply plywood and features internal bracing to eliminate cab resonance. It comes loaded with four heavy-duty, 200w 10" woofers, 1" Titanium HF driver.

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3rd Power Amps - HLH 100 & G-Lab Bypass Wah Demos

August 19, 2009
PG's Chris Burgess is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he swings by the TSI Distributing booth, which handles 3rd Power Amplification and G-Lab Guitar Laboratory effects.

We get to hear 3rd Power's first amp offering from their HLH 100 Series, the HD100 (a 100W head) and their unique HLH cabinets that house Celestion Vintage 30s. The hand-wired, point-to-point HD100 head comes loaded with 4-EL34s, various outputs (16 ohm, 8 or 4) 3-12AX7 preamp tubes. The speaker cabinets are designed to remove the beaming and comb-filtering of a typical cabinet. The 3rd Power guys said that when stacking three-3x12 cabinets together, you can attain a high-quality *WET/DRY/WET sound in the same space as two conventional cabinets.

The G-Lab True Bypass Wah-Pad is a full analog device that makes the use of wah-wah type effects more comfortable. As described to us by the G-Lab fellas, using a traditional wah-wah effect requires switching it ON and OFF, which forces the player to perform an additional operation during which playing is not possible. The wah-pad eliminates this operation. The wah-pad is supplied from included 9V internal battery or an external power supply adapter.

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