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Mesa Boogie Factory Tour - Building Boogie Cabs

May 14, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Petaluma, CA, where he tours the Mesa Boogie factory. In this video segment, we see how Mesa Boogie builds their cabs, including the CNC cutting process, sanding and gluing and why Mesa chooses non-void Russian baltic birch plywood for their cabs.
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Mesa Boogie Factory Tour-Assembly & "Hammer Test"

May 14, 2009
http://www.premierguitar.com PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Petaluma, CA, where he tours the Mesa Boogie factory. In this video segment, we get to see the assembly process where the circuit board is checked and inserted into the chassis. In addition, we check out the implementation of transformers and tubes. The video concludes with the Mesa "hammer test" where technicians use the handle of a hammer to recreate drops and damage in the rock world.

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Mesa Boogie Factory Tour - Workshop & Design Room

May 14, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Petaluma, CA, where he tours the Mesa Boogie factory. In this video segment, we get to check out two of Mesa' most important areas; Mesa Founder Randy Smith's workshop and design room. We see all the old prototypes, which have spawned several designs and how Randy designs their plated-through circuit boards with curved lines for various tape widths for connecting all the components on the board.
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LAG Guitars Acoustic Models

May 10, 2009
PG's Chris Burgess is On Location in Frankfurt, Germany, for Musikmesse '09 where he visits the LAG Guitars booth. In this video segment, we get out first look at several of LAG's acoustic models including, Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter. Each series features a variety of wood choices (koa, spruce, maple, mahogany) and several variations of LAG's onboard electronics. In addition, we see some of LAG's MASTER series guitars handmade in southern France.
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LAG Guitars Electric Models

May 8, 2009
PG's Chris Burgess is On Location in Frankfurt, Germany, for Musikmesse '09 where he visits the LAG Guitars booth. In this video segment, we get to see several of LAG's electric models including, the Jet(traditionally influenced) Roxane (the hard-blues influenced double-cutaway), Imperator (single-cutaway model) and the Arkane (the full-on rock action). In addition, we get to hear Adagio's guitarist, Stephan Forte shred on his custom MasterShop seven-string LAG guitar. These guitars will be heading to the US shortly so keep a look out for them.
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BSM Treble Boosters RPA Major & J-Fuzz Demos

May 7, 2009
PG's Chris Burgess is On Location in Frankfurt, Germany, for Musikmesse '09 where he visits the BSM Treble Boosters booth and talks with Bernd Meiser of BSM. In this video segment, we get to see and hear two new pedals from BSM; the RPA Major and the J-Fuzz. The RPA Major RPA "Major" model is the answer to many customer calls, demanding the hard, aggressive Ritchie Blackmore stage sound of the 70?s, without the need to get their amp heavily modified. The RPA Major offers a lot more gain compared to the stock RPA model with tons of crunch and a higher level of aggression. For the RPA Major, BSM had the idea to not only rebuild Blackmore's AIWA preamp stage during the "Burn" tour, but to also integrate the important high-pass function with the original cutoff frequency.

The J-Fuzz is a silicon-powered Fuzz-booster and packs a gritty punch for any signal chain.

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Lehle Sunday Driver, P-Split & Little Lehle

May 6, 2009
PG's Chris Burgess is On Location in Frankfurt, Germany, for Musikmesse '09 where he visits the Lehle booth and talks with Burkhard Lehle. In this video segment, Burkhard walks us through several new products; Sunday Driver, P-Split and the Little Lehle. The Sunday Driver is a a high end preamp with a convenient compact format. It features JFET-based circuitry and provides two modes of operation: "D" stands for Driver; in this mode, the guitar signal is amplified, with absolutely no modification, at the input impedance of a guitar amp, efficiently eliminating losses on the route through leads and effects; the signal remains strong and clear, retaining its full dynamics. The second setting "S" - as in Sunday - multiplies input impedance by four.

The P-Split stands "passive splitting" with maximum signal fidelity, making it possible to route an instrument to two amps simultaneously. It also features phase-reversal and ground switches with gold-plated contacts, making it a passive high end DI Box for all signal types.

The Little Lehle a genuine True-Bypass Looper/Switcher. It can be used to manage an effect-loop, or as a simple A/B box.

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Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin Archtop Video Review

May 5, 2009
Gayla Drake Paul reviews the Godin 5th Avenue Archtop for Premier Guitar magazine. Click here, for the review in the April '09 issue.

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Fishman SoloAmp Video Review

May 5, 2009
Gayla Drake Paul demos the Fishman SoloAmp. She plays the all-in-one amp/PA with a Takamine Glenn Frey model at 1st Street Live in Cedar Rapids, IA. She demonstrates the versatility of the amp's tweeder control and the four different reverb settings. The streamlined SoloAmp has a lot to offer for solo, gigging musicians.

Click here to read Matt Wahl's review of the SoloAmp.

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Dunlop Kirk Hammett Wah & MXR Fullbore Metal Demos

May 5, 2009
PG's Chris Burgess is On Location in Frankfurt, Germany, for Musikmesse '09 where he visits the Dunlop/MXR booth. In this video segment, we hear two product demos; the Dunlop Kirk Hammett Signature Wah (KH-95) and the MXR Fullbore Metal pedal. Kirk Hammett's signature wah features the renowned tone that Kirk dials in on tour using his DCR1SR Crybaby Rack Wah system with appointments including, Kirks EQ, volume and tone settings, a thick top end and full dynamic range and the starting street price is $159.

The MXR Fullbore Metal pedal was designed by Way Huge creator Jeorge Tripps. This super high gain distortion pedal features a three-band and EQ with sweepable mid frequencies, internal gate threshold control lets you set the noise gate's sensitivity and includes an all-analog circuit path.

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