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Video Demo - Roland VB-99 V-Bass VS. Roland GR-33B

August 27, 2009
Roland VB-99 V-Bass Synthesizer System and the some of the various sounds it can produce. He then takes the VB-99 and puts it up against an original Roland GR-33B Synthesizer - the bass guitar version of the GR-300.

With the VB-99, Roland has devised a product that accurately model the worlds most popular basses from classic electrics to upright acoustic bass, fretless bass and more and combined them with a range of killer bass amps, synth sounds, and polyphonic effects. Some of the functions and features on the VB-99, include dual independent signal paths, dozens of COSM models, including coveted vintage and modern basses, synth basses, and even electric guitar models, Innovative new String Modeling (apply virtual flat wound, round wound, black nylon, etc.), 12 COSM preamp models and six speaker models, 43 powerful effect types and six compressor types.

The original GR-33B has an all-analog construction. It includes a 4-voice polyphony with two oscillators per voice, 2 presets for Envelope Generator with Attack and Decay Control, Envelope Triggered Low Frequency Oscillator with delay-for vibrato, built-in foot switches control the VCO harmonize pitch and VCF mode and a String Select Feature that can iIndividually engage/disengage synth sound per string.

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Sonic Reality Downloadable Soundz, Drum Masters

August 23, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he swings by the Sonic Reality booth. In this segement, we get introduced to three of Sonic Reality's digital music and recording products. Downloadable Soundz is a web site where guitarists can preview backing and drum tracks for jam sessions, practice or even recording purposes. The drumming and pre-recorded packages suit players according to sound and genre. Also, Drum Masters is a software that tries to capture the infamous drummers through the history of rock 'n' roll including, Peter Gabriel, John Bonham, Steely Dan and those Motown greats.

In short, Sonic Reality's motto is "Sample Everything," as they strive to create high quality loops for nearly every genre of music and playable sounds for every instrument category from drums to percussion, guitar, bass, keyboards, synths, orchestral, vocal and exotic instruments from all over the world.

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Gallien-Krueger MB Fusion Demo, MB 500 & More

August 22, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he visits the Gallien-Krueger booth. In this segment, we get to see and hear three of Gallien Krueger's newest offerings.

First up is the MB500, which is a 500 watt bass head that will easily fit into your gig bag. Coming in at 10.75" x8.5" x1.75" and just under four pounds, the MB500 packs a considerable punch for its compact size. It features a four-band active EQ and contour control, that allows you to tweak your tone before hitting the digital power section. The preamp section also features a footswitchable boost channel with independent volume control.

Even smaller in size, the MB Fusion is the newest product released by Gallien-Krueger. Built on the success of the MB 500, the new MB Fusion incorporates the same all-tube preamp of the Fusion 550 and maintains a sleek and small design. It comes loaded with 3-12AX7 preamp tubes, four-band EQ and Deep and Bright switches.

The Fusion 1050 incorporates a six stage tube preamp paired with a 1000 watt version of the high current solid state power amp used in the 2001RB. It comes with three-12AX7 preamp tubes, Gain-Master-Horn controls, four-band active EQ and a variable Contour control with a mid frequency select.

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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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