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NAMM '10:Bogner Brixton, New Yorker, Mojado & More

February 17, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM Show where she visits the Bogner Amplification booth. In this segment, she catches up with Reinhold Bogner as he walks us through what's new with his company for 2010. The new products include the introduction of the International Series -- the Brixton, the New Yorker, the Mojado and the Barcelona. Next up, we get to check out the high-powered Goldfinger 90. Lastly, we get to see some new rackmount gear from Bogner including the Fish Preamp, Shiva Preamp, Kraftwerk 3, Kraftwerk 2 and Kraftwerk 1 preamps.

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NAMM '10-Dunlop Max-Grip Picks, Heavy Core Strings

February 17, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM Show where he visits the Dunlop booth. In this segment, we get introduced to several of Dunlop's newest guitar accessories, including the Max-Grip picks, the Dirty Donny picks, Rev. Willy's strings, slides and picks, the Heavy Core strings, the Roadpro String Winder and Lucky 13 & BMF straps.
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NAMM - ToadWorks PipeLine Tremolo & Fat City Demos

February 16, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM Show where she visits the ToadWorks USA Effects booth. In this segment, we get to see and hear from two of their newest pedals -- the PipeLine Harmonic Vibrato/Tremolo pedal and the Fat City Dual Overdrive.

Amplitude modulation, otherwise known as tremolo, is arguably the first 'overt' guitar effect. Amplifiers with built-in tremolo began appearing by the late 40's, and became standard equipment by the late 50's. The first major style of music to adopt tremolo as it's own was surf music - groups like the Del-Tones, the Ventures and the Chantays combined tremolo with reverb to create the definitive surf guitar sound.

In 1961, the Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company released a complex variation on the tremolo effect known commonly as harmonic vibrato. While not technically vibrato (frequency modulation), this new take on tremolo created an effect vaguely reminiscent of a rotating speaker. Due to it's complexity and cost, this form of tremolo was short lived, and no adequate substitute existed - until now.

ToadWorks Fat City is a Professional Series effect pedal consisting of two unique overdrive circuits, as well as an independently switchable boost. The overdrive has been designed to emulate classic tube amplifier sounds, and each overdrive circuit can be engaged separately or in combination, thus creating the unique "Fat City" sound.

The clean boost is re-routable via a mini toggle switch located directly above the boost pot. This allows you to place the boost in front of, or after the overdrive circuits, and it's all True Bypass.

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NAMM '10 - Budda Amps MN-100 Head

February 13, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM Show where she visits the Budda Amps booth. In this segment, we get to check out their newest amp for 2010 -- the MN-100.

The Budda MN-100 is a highly versatile, high-gain amplifier featuring three independent channels, a 100-watt power section driven by four 6L6GC tubes, and a preamp consisting of seven two-stage 12AX7 tubes. The MN-100 also features dual 5U4 rectifier tubes and a solid-state rectifier, with the patent-pending PowerPan? variable rectification control that allows players to open uncharted tone territory by selecting full tube rectification, diode rectification or anywhere between the two.

All three of the Budda MN-100's independent channels?Clean, Rhythm and Lead?include separate three-band EQ, Reverb, Resonance, Presence, and true bypass effects loop with send and return levels. Each channel also features Overboost, a stompbox-style lead boost that engages an additional tube-driven gain circuit to gives players a supercharged boost. The effects loop on channel 2 can also be used as a global loop for incredible versatility in effects routing. The included nine-button footcontroller digitally switches via MIDI all three channels, effects loops and Overboost functions, as well as Master Reverb and Master Boost, a second Master Volume control that can be used to boost the overall volume of the amp.

This multi-faceted, innovative amplifier found its aesthetic equal in the custom Italian leathers, signature dragon embellishments and metalwork of footwear designer Mark Nason (www.marknason.com). No stranger to the rock&roll lifestyle, Mark Nason's signature couture creations translate easily from Sunset Boulevard to center stage on the Budda MN-100 and MN-412.

The Budda MN-100 also features a half-power switch for operating the amplifier in either 50 or 100 watt mode. The back panel also features an amplifier chain section with power-amp inputs and a slave output, impedance selector and MIDI input and output for use in MIDI-switching rigs. The matching MN-412? cabinet features four Budda Phat 12 loudspeakers and Mark Nason leather covering.

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Build Your Groove with a Drum Machine

February 11, 2010
Using a drum machine can be great for practicing and offer more than a metronome can provide
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Funky, Cheap Electrics: Formerly Low End Kitsch... Now Cool Collectibles

February 11, 2010
From Supro to Tiesco to EKO to Vox, Airline, Harmony, Mosrite and more, we look into the charm and market for cheap, funky vintage electrics.
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Stealing Our Music Bit by Bit

February 11, 2010
How modern digital music formats are literally removing content from our songs
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NAMM '10 - Red Witch Medusa Chorus/Tremolo Demo

February 11, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM Show where she swings by the Red Witch Analog Pedals booth. In this segment, we get to check out two of their newest pedal offerings -- the Medusa Chorus/Tremolo and the Titan Delay.

The Medusa is a reissue of a popular pedal first built years ago by Red Witch's creator Ben Fulton. Upon popular demand, they re-released the Medusa which is a Chorus and Tremolo pedal that can work as either or a combination of the two.

The Titan Delay is an analog delay pedal with not one, not two, but three completely independent delay units. The Titan's triumvirate of time tantalizers allows you to create an array of truly unique and original delay sounds. Voiced for the ultimate analog styled sound, the Titan provides three 800m/sec delays. They use the classic analog delay compander to ensure the ultimate recreation of an analog flavored delay, which works hand in hand with their more contemporary delay engines.

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NAMM '10 - SWR Bryan Beller (Steve Vai) Interview

February 11, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM Show where she visits the SWR Sound booth. In this segment, she catches up with Dethklok and Steve Vai bassist Bryan Beller as he talks about some SWR gear (SM-1500 head) that he's been using on the road with Dethklok and the just-released Steve Vai "Where the Wild Things Are" live DVD.
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NAMM '10 - Ibanez Steve Vai UV77REMC, RGD Models

February 11, 2010
PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM Show where he visits the Ibanez Guitars booth. In this segment, we get to check out several of their new guitar and bass offerings for 2010.

First, we get to see the new Steve Vai UV77REMC has a five-piece maple/bubinga neck, basswood body, rosewood fingerboard and DiMarzio Blaze pickups.

Next, we get to see the new RGD models, which feature three-piece maple necks, basswood body and bound rosewood fingerboards. These guitars are specifically made with the drop-tune player in mind.

Lastly, we have the Ashula fret/fretless bass. This unique bass has a jatoba/ bubinga neck, light ash body, rosewood fingerboard and features the Mono-Rail IV bridge system. Also, it comes loaded with the Sonic Arch and Sonic Arch mini pickups.

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