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NY Amp Show '10

GALLERY: L.A. Amp Show 2010

October 8, 2010
A sampling of the cool amps, guitars, and effects on display in L.A.
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NY Amp Show '10 - Pigtronix Philosopher King Demo

August 3, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2010 NY Amp Show where he visits the Pigtronix room. In this segment, Pigtronix's Dave Koltai walks us through the new Philosopher King.

The Philosopher King is a compressor, sustainer, distortion and polyphonic amplitude synthesizer. Combining their award-winning Philosopher's Tone circuit with a next generation envelope generator, the Philosopher King takes tone several steps further with a full set of ADSR controls including swell, fade, hold level, speed range, one-shot mode, selectable auto reset, CV i/o and expression pedals for swell and fade times.

With the Swell and Fade functions switched off, the Philosopher King provides optical compression with endless sustain on tap. Adjustable compression (ratio), sustain (threshold) and treble (2k cut / boost) controls allow the musician to tailor the nature of the effect to meet the needs of the material at hand. From a subtle dash of added punch to massive, over-the-top howling sustain, the Philosopher King delivers clean, powerful optical compression. The grit control blends in a layer of sweet harmonic distortion that plays nice with other gain pedals as well as amplifier-generated tube distortion.

The Philosopher King's swell function provides a pick triggered volume swell effect. The volume swell can be reset at any moment by muting or held open by continuous playing. This "slow gear" type effect is smooth and controllable with variable timing from extremely fast to very slow.

The fade function can be used independently of the swell and is also pick triggered. A new feature of the decay cycle in this pedal is the ability to fade out from peak level only partially, bringing the audio down to a predetermined level, set by the hold control. The hold level is then maintained until the player releases the note to close the cycle. With the auto reset turned on, the cycle will begin again immediately, creating undulating amplitude modulation and even pulsating tremolo stutter effects at faster decay settings. With the auto-reset turned off, the player determines the exact timing for the beginning of the next cycle.

Another new feature is the one shot mode, which causes the Philosopher King to run through the swell / fade / hold / release cycle regardless of what is played after the cycle is triggered. In this mode, the Philosopher King creates complex waves of amplitude modulation on top of the music coming from your instrument. A trigger input jack allows the swell and fade functions to be controlled by an external source such as a band mate or drum track.
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NY Amp Show '10 - Anacon Tech Zagray Head Demo

August 3, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2010 NY Amp Show where he visits the Anacon Technology room. In this segment, Anacon Tech's Aleksander Niemand shows us his latest prototype--the Zagray.

The Zagray is a single-channel amp loaded with one 12AY7 and two 12AX7 preamp tubes. The power section has an ECC82 and two 7591 tubes. Both the power and output transformers are custom-wound toroids. The front panel controls are Bottom, Bass Treble, Gain, Dip - Hump, Drive, Crystal, and Volume. Some noteworthy features include the SC/90/HB switch that is used to engage with a particular guitar/pickup configuration to give the tone a distinct voicing. Also, the Dip/Hump control has four positions set at half-octave frequencies.
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NY Amp Show '10 - Cavey's Creations Guitar & Bass

July 30, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2010 NY Amp Show where he visits the Cavey's Creations room. In this segment, we get to check out some of Cavey's (Matt Blake) Creations that include custom guitars and basses.

The new company showed off two basses and one guitar. Matt "Cavey" Blake says he gets most of his design ideas from his other passion in life—hot rod cars. The guitar model is called Nailed is a 25.5" scale with an all maple body and neck with a paudak and yellow heart fretboard. It has a unique neck design in that Blake describes as "not a neck-thru and not a bolt-on, it's my version of both—it really seems to work." The Low Rider bass has Nordstrand pickups and is built on a 35" scale. Matt also built the guitar stand holding Cavey's Creations.

Cavey's Creations neck design uses two different pieces of solid wood for the fretboard and neck, which is also connected to wood surrounding the pickups.
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Rudy's Music - 1957 Kay Guitar, 1955 Silver Jet

July 29, 2010
PG's Adam Moore is On Location in New York City, New York, where he visits Rudy's Music. In this video, we get a sneak peek within Rudy's vaults located in his basement. Here, we get to see a vintage 1957 Kay guitar, a vintage 1955 Gretsch Silver Jet, and a vintage Sears Silvertone guitar that is matched with a hardcase that has a built-in amplifier.
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NY Amp Show '10-Eventide Eclipse V4 Model Updates

July 28, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2010 NY Amp Show where he visits the Eventide room. In this segment, we get to check out Eventide's Eclipse V4 rackmount effects processor and its new Time Factor & Mod Factor software updates and some of its latest amp models, too.

Eclipse is one of the only effects processor to feature 24-bit digital conversion and 96kHz sampling. They've packed almost 100 algorithms into Eclipse along with a two effects block design. The dual routing configurations let you use Eclipse as two independent effects processors; ideal for the smaller, budget-conscious studio. The two effects blocks' inputs and outputs can be configured for stereo or mono. Or, select a preset that combines two algorithms or recursive combinations for big multi-effects without sacrificing quality.

here's quick, seamless pitch shifting including our innovative Micro pitch shift, which FOH engineers and vocalists have come to rely on for turning good vocal performances into great ones. Eclipse boasts no fewer than 11 reverberation algorithms plus four plex algorithms. Originally developed for Eventide's industry-standard Orville™ and DSP 7000 series, these reverbs have been carefully and faithfully transplanted into Eclipse. And all reverbs are true stereo in and out, not mono in, stereo out. The vast array of delays lets you design lush, dense soundscapes. You'll find band delays, chorus delays, comb delays, ducked delays, ring delays and pan delays. And with 20 seconds of memory per effects block, Eclipse is a looper's delight. It's easy to get lost in the 20-second mono loop, 10-second dual loops, 20-second reverse loop, and 10-second dual reverse loop. Remember, these looping presets running on one FX block leaves the other FX block available for adding texture or dimension.
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NY Amp Show '10 - Two Notes Torpedo VB-101 Demo

July 24, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2010 NY Amp Show where he visits the Two Notes Audio Engineering room and checks out their Torpedo VB-101.

In studio, on stage or at home, the VB-101 is a solution for quick, easy and silent miking of your bass and guitar amplifiers. Just plug your amplifier to the VB-101 instead of a speaker cabinet, directly at the power output. The Torpedo VB-101 replaces the usual mic'ing process by a powerful simulation of the speaker cabinet, the microphone, the microphone preamplifier, and the studio acoustic environment. The mic'ing process then takes place silently, with perfect control over the most important parameters: choice of speaker cabinet among many models, choice of microphone, and placement of the microphone around the cabinet.
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NY Amp Show '10 - Ark Amps T Model Demo

July 20, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2010 NY Amp Show where he visits the Ark Amps room. In this segment, we get to check out their newest guitar amp--the T Model--and a bass amp prototype--the Rhino.

The T Model or tARKus head is Ark's attempt to go for a Trainwreck-style, dual 6V6 amp. The tone is described as chimey, crunchy and punchy all at the same time. It's a non-master volume amp with controls including Presence, Power Amp Boost, Bass, Mid, Treble, and Preamp Boost.

The all new Ark Rhino is a 70 watt all tube bass and jazz guitar amplifier. Continuing with the resonant cab approach they used on the Model B cab they ended up with an organic and "woody" sounding cab that really compliments the unique design of the circuit. The Rhino is a master volume amp that can achieve a light but rich overdrive with the preamp gain at max. A bright switch is added along with the Presence, Bass, Mid and Treble controls. The preamp was originally designed for jazz guitar and we modified it to work well for both bass and jazz guitar.
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Rudy's Music - Robert Kantor Custom Guitars

July 16, 2010
PG's Adam Moore is On Location in New York City, NY, where he visits Rudy's Music in the Soho neighborhood. In this segment, Adam speaks with Robert Kantor of Robert Kantor Custom Guitars about the beautiful artwork and diamonds that go onto certified and sanctioned Fender Custom Shop instruments. In addition, we get to check out some models that feature artwork from the legendary graffiti artist known as Crash, who has created some specific artwork for these guitars that have landed in the laps of Eric Clapton and John Mayer.
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NY Amp Show '10: Sweetwood Guitars Comet Signature

July 14, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2010 NY Amp Show where he visits the Sweetwood Guitar room. In this segment, we get to check out three of their models - Comet Signature Demo, RockRite & Comet Standard.

The Comet Signature is similar to other company's Private Stock collections. Only the finest examples of each species of wood are used - the once in a lifetime pieces. Every "Signature Model" is a one off and has unique features.

Inspired by the classic styling's of the 1960's surf era, the Rock-Rite features a classic tone with some modern appointments. The Rock-Rite features our modern 2-bolt neck construction, a method of neck attachment that is simply stronger, more durable and tighter than a four-bolt can achieve. The ergonomically designed heal block allows near seamless access to the upper registers. Tonally, the 2-bolt separates itself by improving string attack and enhancing both note bloom and sustain.

The Comet is their flagship model and features fast and comfortable necks. The Standards come with an Eastern rock maple top on a mahogany body, quarter-sawn multi-lam neck with a pau ferro fretboard, Hipshot hardware, and custom wound pickups.
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NY Amp Show '10 - Tonic Amps Absinthe Demo

July 13, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2010 NY Amp Show where he visits the Tonic Amps room. In this segment, we get to check out their latest amp model--the Absinthe.

The Absinthe is a high-powered 30W single-ended power section featuring parallel EL34s. It's also compatible with 6V6, 6L6, KT66, KT77, and 5881 power tubes, providing more options for customizing the tone. As with the other Tonic models, it uses a 4-8-16 ohm impedance switch for matching up with a variety of cabs.
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NY Amp Show: Nolatone Rotten Johnny,Black Tooth 50

July 12, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2010 NY Amp Show where he visits the Nolatone Amps room. In this segment, we get to check out two of their newest amps--the Rotten Johnny and the Black Tooth 50 prototype head.

The Rotten Johnny has two 6V6 (EL84s available upon request) power tubes, two 12AX7 or ECC83 preamp tubes, a Mercury Magnetics transformer, and a 12" 25 watt Warehouse Speaker Green Beret.

The Black Tooth 50 prototype was literally built a few days before the show. It is the big brother preamp to what is housed currently in the Rotten Johnny. Nolatone's Paul Sanders said he's looking to fill a whole line of Black Tooth heads, including 18W, 22W, 30W, 50W, and 100W. Two noteworthy controls on the prototype are the Stripper Gain and Girlfriend Gain—you'll have to check out our upcoming demo to hear what those sound like.
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NY Amp Show '10:Mahalo Amps Farm 50 Prototype Demo

July 12, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2010 NY Amp Show where he visits the Mahalo Amplification room. In this segment, we get to check out their prototype head--the Farm 50.

The Farm 50 prototype features 2-EL34 power tubes and a dynamic preamp section for explosive high-gain tones. Mahalo's Richie Mays says "the preamp on this amp is great for riding the volume knob... it can really clean up and provide crystal cleans with some volume control and harnessed playing."
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NY Amp Show '10 - TomasZewicZ Amps TZZ-17 OD Demo

July 8, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2010 NY Amp Show where he visits the Tomaszewicz Amplifiers room. In this segment, we get to see and hear from two of their newest amps--TZZ-40/70 Head & TZZ-17H Overdrive Head.

The TZZ-40/70 Head is 40/70 watt dual fixed bias head with a Sustain feature and buffered effects loop. Its tubes include 12DW7, 12AX7, 12AT7, 3-12AT7's and 4-EL34's.

The TZZ-17H Overdrive is a 17-watt cathode bias head with foot switchable overdrive and has the following tube complement: 12DW7, 12AX7, 12AT7, 12AX7 and 2-EL84s. The front panel layout is Master Volume, Cut, Presence, Bass, Middle, Treble, Sustain, Drive, Pre-Amp Gain, and Input.
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NY Amp Show '10 - Reinhardt Amps SHG 33 Demo

July 6, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2010 NY Amp Show where he visits the Reinhardt Amplification room. In this segment, we get to see and hear from their newest head, the SHG 33, while also learning about several other models including, the Talyn, the Sonoma and the Vintage 100.

Reinhardt's high gain SHG is now in a 33 watt model that comes loaded with two EL34 power tubes and its standard options include power scaling and a built-in effects loop.

The Vintage 100 has four EL34s, but you can also use four KT66s for their sweet tone, too. The preamp is loaded with three 12AX7s. To keep the '68 feel it features Heyboer power and output transformers that are choke reverse engineered based on the original Drakes.

The Talyn was built as a special request from Mark Knopfler who wanted an amp styled after the Trainwreck Rocket. Powered by a hand picked blend of three 12AX7 preamp tubes, four EL84 power tubes, and a GZ34 rectifier, the amp's controls are Volume, Treble, Middle, Bass, Cut, and Presence.

The Sonoma is a 100 watt head featuring four 6L6 or four EL34 power tubes and is based on the famous Bluesmaster and Overdrive amps from the legendary amp builder H.A.D. It comes standard with a 2-button switch for Boost and Channel switching. Several custom features such as Boost Level Control, and Mid Shaping to give the amp a bit wider range of tone choices.
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NY Amp Show '10 - Black Cat Custom Fuzz Pedals

July 5, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2010 NY Amp Show where he visits the Black Cat Pedals room. In this segment, we get to check out three of their latest fuzz pedals--the Custom MKI Americano, the Professional MKII, and the Bass Octave.

The MKI Americano built on a similar platfrom to the famous British fuzz circuits of yore, but with all-American components.

The Black Cat Custom Professional MKII is their take on the iconic 1960s Sola Sound Tone Bender Professional MKII, made famous by Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, and Eric Clapton among others. The Black Cat MKII is wired point-to-point on double turrets, just like the MKI Americano. However, they opted for a more traditional approach, rather than repeating the Americano theme. Their component selection for the MKII reflects an old-school British flair, using a Newmarket NKT274 and two Philips OC75 transistors, and Mullard tropical fish capacitors.

The Black Cat Bass Octave Fuzz is a modern recreation of the rare and valuable Maestro Bass Brassmaster, which was used in the seventies by bass players such as John Entwhistle (The Who), Chris Squire (Yes), and Kyle Brock (Eric Johnson/Electromagnets). The Bass Octave Fuzz allows the player to blend the clean signal into the mix along with the fuzz. The result is a monstrous roar of fuzz with a thunderous low-end rumble.
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NY Amp Show '10 - Celestion Room w/ Trainwrecks

July 4, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2010 NY Amp Show where he visits the Celestion Room.

They loaded several different cabs with their various speakers and had guitarists play through some of the most sought after amps. The amps included [left to right] Komet 19 combo featured a heritage G12H30 with the 55hz cone, Trainwreck Liverpool "Marge" was on a Bruno 2x10 with Gold G10s, prototype 4- 6V6 Bruno Cow-tipper head was on a Bruno 2x12 with Gold G12s, Bruno Underground 30 was in a Bruno 2x12 with Alnico Blues, the famous tan EL34 Dumble was on a Heritage G1265 loaded Bruno 2x12, and Trainwreck Express "Suzanne"—originally owned by George Lynch—was on a Heritage Greenback 20W G12M loaded 4x12.
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NY Amp Show '10 - Vox AC15C1 Demo

July 2, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2010 NY Amp Show where he visits the Vox Amplifiers room. In this segment, we get a taste of Vox's AC15 Custom combo.

The 15 watt AC15C1 has 2-EL84/6BQ5 power tubes & 2-12AX7/ECC83 preamp tubes. The cabinet is loaded with 12" 16 ohm Celestion G12M Greenback speaker.

Equipped with a number of modern features and conveniences the new AC15 Custom offers more control and versatility with features like master volume, global reverb and tremolo. Also on the top panel are bass and trebles controls along with a single guitar input.

At look at the rear panel will reveal a pair of output jacks for use with external speaker cabinets if desired. When connecting speakers, an impedance selector switch offers 8 or 16 ohm output options. A dedicated jack for use with the supplied VF002 VOX footswitch is also provided. With this so you can turn the Reverb and Tremolo on and off.

All components have been designed, manufactured or selected so that the performance and sound of the AC15 Custom is second to none.
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NY Amp Show '10 -Voodoo Amps V-Rock Dual Lead Demo

July 1, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2010 NY Amp Show where he visits the Voodoo Amps room. In this segment, we get to check out their latest guitar amplifier-the V-Rock Dual Lead.

Voodoo describes the V-Rock Dual Lead as being "designed to replicate hot-rodded 80's gain tones - Effortless pinch harmonics, endless liquid like sustain coupled with deep/rich bottom end and lush/chimey clean channel makes the V-Rock a must for fans of 80's shred players."

It features EL34 power tubes and 5-12AX7 preamp tubes. This amp is either a 2-Channel amp w/ Solo Boost or a 3-Channel amp with shared EQ on the gain channels. It has instantaneous / seamless footswitching without snaps, pops, and pauses. Both channel are 100% discrete from one another and they have their own dedicated circuitry allowing for each channel to be designed & voiced to its maximum tonal potential.
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NY Amp Show - Fractal Audio Axe-Fx 10.0 Firmware

July 1, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2010 NY Amp Show where he visits the Fractal Audio and Atomic Amps room. In this segment, we get to check out some of their latest gear--the Axe-Fx Firmware 10.0 software updates, MFC-101 Foot Controller, and the Atomic Reator FR Cabinets.

Audio Systems MFC-101 is an all-new MIDI foot controller. Designed for studio or stage use, the unit is housed in a high quality steel chassis (15.75" x 10" x 3.75"), and features a bright 20-character display, dual-color LEDs, plus 21 on-board switches for bank/preset selection, effect bypass, tap tempo, or any other function that can be controlled via midi. The MFC-101 supports four expression pedals and four switches via rear panel jacks, and an expansion port allows connecting a planned module to increase the onboard switch count to 43. Fractal Audio fans will enjoy a dedicated "Axe-Fx" mode, designed for seamless operation with the company's Standard or Ultra Tone/Effects processors.

The Reactor FR Wedge is available in a powered and passive configuration. The powered wedge has a 50W power section with one 12AX7 and two EL-6L6GC vacuum tubes to deliver full-rated power over a full frequency response, with high headroom and very low distortion. Both the powered and the passive versions employ a high efficiency speaker system with a ported 12-ply marine grade birch plywood cabinet, a 12" speaker, a 1" tweeter/4" horn, and a crossover network.
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