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August Issue

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TC Electronic - BG500 Bass Amp Combo

April 6, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location in Frankfurt, Germany, for the 2010 Musikmesse show where he visits the TC Electronic booth. In this segment, we get a rundown of TC's new bass amp combo - the BG500. The BG500 is built off the RH450 bass amp platform with a few key alterations and changes.

TC Electronic's BG500 is 500 Watts of power combined with custom-built Eminence drivers, tone shaping tools and a full list of ground-breaking features, making both BG500s (1x15 or 2x10) a suitable rig for any gig. BG500 shares many of the tools that have made the revolutionary RH450 bass amp such a success. BG500 features the incredible SpectraComp? compressor from RH450 that allows per string compression that evens out the compression across all strings, creating a much more musical sound. BG500s TubeTone? effect has also been taken directly from the RH450 amp, and rather than replicating a tube sound using one small preamp tube, it emulates the characteristics of a tube preamp and true tube power amp section to deliver an unrivaled full tube sound. Yet another feature ported from the RH450 is the user-defined presets. Combined with tone shaping tools, these presets allow bass players to create the tones they need and then switch between them instantly and seamlessly. For quick and instant tuning, BG500 also features a fully integrated bass tuner that automatically mutes when activated, allowing for swift, silenced tuning. Furthermore, BG500 introduces the innovative TweeterTone? control that allows front panel tweeter control, as well as two new Contour shapes that create warm and smooth tones instantaneously.

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AT Picks - Metal Guitar Picks Demo

April 5, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location in Frankfurt, Germany, for the 2010 Musikmesse show where he visits the AT Metal Guitar Picks booth. In this segment, we get to see and hear two of their guitar picks in action. They are showcased in this video producing sounds like chirping birds, police sirens and DJs scratching (ala Tom Morello).
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Elmwood El Toro Head, 2-Channel Distortion Pedal

April 1, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location in Frankfurt, Germany, for the 2010 Musikmesse show where he visits the Elmwood Amps booth. In this segment, we get to see and hear about two new Elmwood products - the El Toro 60 watt head and the 2-channel distortion preamp prototype pedal.

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Lundgren Pickups - Singlecoils, Humbuckers, P-90s

April 1, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location in Frankfurt, Germany, for the 2010 Musikmesse where he visits the Lundgren Pickups booth. In this segment, we get to see Lundgren's line of pickups ranging from vintage singlecoils for Teles and Strats to modern humbuckers for 7-string and 8-string guitars. In addition, Lundgren offers mini-humbuckers, standard humbuckers, p90s and filter-tron-style pickups. Their pickups can currently be found in custom shop Ibanez 7- and 8-string guitars and Conklin guitars.
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JAM Pedals - Hand-Built, Hand-Painted Effects

March 31, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Frankfurt, Germany, for the Musikmesse 2010 show where he visits the Jam Pedals booth. In this segment, we get to check out their exquisite line of hand-built, hand-painted effects pedals.

Jam Pedals are hand-made in Greece. They are analog, point-to-point pedals, made from some of the highest available quality materials on the market, including rare NOS chips, specially selected matched NOS transistors and carbon comp resistors. All of their pedals are true-bypass so as not to ruin your hard-earned tone. Circuits are based on classic 60's and 70's vintage pedals that helped built the sound of Rock n' Roll.

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Maton Guitars - 808 Tommy Emmanuel, BB1200, MS500

March 31, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Frankfurt, Germany, for the Musikmesse 2010 show where he visits the Maton Guitars booth. In this segment, we get to see what is new for Maton as they show us their 808TE Tommy Emmanuel Signature model, the 425/12-string model, the BB1200 and the MS500 50th Anniversary model.

The 808TE features a Sitka spruce top, Queensland maple back, sides and neck and rosewood fretboard. Its onboard electronics include a piezo pickup and microphone that work together to produce electrified tones with the full ambiance of the acoustic guitar.

The 425/12-String is made of Queensland walnut back and sides with a solid Sikta spruce top. It has a Queensland maple neck and is loaded with a AP5 pickup.

The BB1200 has a solid blackwood back and sides, a set rock maple neck and rosewood fingerboard on a 25.5" scale.

The 50th Anniversary Mastersound is a celebration of the original MS500, introduced in 1958. Not just another re-issue this guitar is a tribute to a timeless classic, reflecting the style and feel of the original but designed to fulfil the needs of todays guitarists. It features a silver silkwood body, Queensland maple neck and a rosewood fingerboard. Its loaded with MV coiltappable humbucker (bridge) and a MV singlecoil in the neck.

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O Nine - Resonator Cabinet

March 30, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Frankfurt, Germany, for the Musikmesse 2010 show where he visits the O Nine booth. In this segment, we get introduced to the O Nine Tunator Resonator Cabinet. This invention is said to work like older violins by allowing the user to adjust the tuning of the speaker cab walls, which directly effects the speaker cone giving the guitarist a completely different tone.
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Italia Guitars - Maranello Series

March 30, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location in Frankfurt, Germany, for the Musikmesse 2010 show where he visits the Italia Guitars booth. In this segment, we get to check out several variations within the Maranello Series.
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VOX - Joe Satriani Ice 9 Overdrive Demo

March 30, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location in Frankfurt, Germany, where he visits the VOX Amplification booth. In this segment, we get to check out the newest effects pedal from VOX - the Joe Satriani Signature Ice 9 Overdrive. The Ice 9 overdrive pedal is fourth in a series of effect pedals created in collaboration between world-renowned guitarist Joe Satriani and VOX.

With two distinct overdrive modes, versatile tone-shaping, and the ever-popular 'More' switch, the Ice 9 delivers a wide range of inspiring tones, yet remains remarkably easy to use. The Ice 9's controls are Gain, Tone, Bass Volume and it features the aforementioned More switch. In addition, it has another switch that goes between Vintage and Modern voicings. The Vintage mode employs a special op amp and premium diodes to offer overdrive effects that are sweetly warm and classic, with just the right amount of sparkle and sustain. In contrast, the Modern voice utilizes a Germanium diode to kick up a cutting-edge overdrive that is altogether new and aggressive.

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Ritter Instruments - Princess Isabella, Roya,Cora

March 29, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location in Frankfurt, Germany, for Musikmesse 2010 where he visits the Ritter Instruments booth. In this segment, we get to check out what is new from Jens Ritter's company.

Here, we get to see new Ritter basses, including the Roya 5-string, the Raptor, the Jupiter 6-string (Grateful Dead Phil Lesh's signature instrument) and the new brand new Cora. In addition, we get our first glimpse at Ritter's first guitar -- the Princess Isabella. This guitar is a jazz guitar with a very lightweight swamp ash body, Switenia mahogany neck, bavarian maple fingerboard and it has a Haeussel Custom Fat-Jazz pickup.

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