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Gear History

Escape From the Dog House: Fender's Bass Revolution

August 19, 2009
When Leo Fender invented the instrument he called a Precision Bass, he had modest goals. As he later told music journalist Tom Wheeler, “We needed to free the bass player from the big doghouse, the acoustic bass. That thing was usually confined to the back of the band, and the bass player couldn’t get up to the mic to sing. And … guitar players would have an advantage if they could have an instrument with frets that would make doubling on bass easier for them.”
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Cigar Box Nation: The Modern Cult of the Cigar Box Guitar

July 22, 2009
Bob Cianci takes us on an investigation into the culture surrounding the guitar in its most stripped-down, primal form - the homemade cigar box guitar.
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After the Fall: The State of the Vintage Guitar Market

July 22, 2009
At the vintage market’s peak, guitars were one of the sexiest investments around. Now, two years later and 30 percent lower, what’s in store for the vintage market?
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Interview: The Burst Brothers on Today's Market

July 22, 2009
To evaluate the state of the vintage guitar market, Adam interviews the Burst Brothers, experts on the subject.
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The Mysterious Gibson Moderne

May 20, 2009
The search for the vintage world''s holy grail
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Gallery: Gibson Moderne Through the Ages

May 12, 2009
Tracing the evolution of the guitar world''s biggest mystery: the Moderne
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Trem Wars: The Whammy Arms Race

March 17, 2009
We take a look at the history of the whammy, from Bigsby to Fender, Floyd Rose and Kahler. A look at the origins of each major type of trem, and what each offers your playing.
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History Detectives Journal: The Josh White Guild Mystery

February 23, 2009
Stan Jay and Jay Pilzer recount their experience with a mysterious Guild on PBS'' History Detective show.
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The Return of the Hot Rod Guitar

January 15, 2009
As the modern custom shop comes full circle with its hot rod beginnings, we take a look at the movement’s early years.
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Vox Amplifiers: The JMI Years

December 16, 2008
Vox aficionado Jim Elyea talks about his journey in producing the most complete reference for JMI-era Vox amps ever made.
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The State of the Vintage Guitar Market

November 12, 2008

PG's Brett Petrusek is On Location at the 2008 Arlington Guitar Show and Auction, talking to vintage dealers about the state of the vintage market. Is it a bad time for buyers? Dealers? What's selling? Are guitars a good investment? The dealers themselves address these questions in this video.

Edited by Chris Kies


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10 Years of the POD

October 13, 2008
Ten years ago, Line 6 unleashed the POD on unsuspecting guitarists around the country and instigated a revolution of sorts. Perhaps those are big words, but there’s no denying
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Return of a Legend: Does the VG-99 Live Up to the GR-300?

October 13, 2008
The Roland GR-300 holds a unique position in the world of guitar synths. While the sonic potential of the GR-300 was limited, its incredibly fast and accurate tracking made
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Seymour Duncan Interview, Part 1

July 18, 2008
Every legend has an inspiring story about how it all began and Seymour Duncan is no different. An inquisitive young Seymour fixed a string-damaged Tele pickup back in the day and that launched it all.
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Seymour Duncan Interview, Part 2

July 18, 2008
In this segment, Seymour talks about meeting Les Paul and developing a long-lasting friendship with Seth Lover, the inventor of the original PAF humbucking pickup. In fact, Seth gave Seymour his notes, his winder and many protoypes before he died. You'll see Seymour bring out the holy grail in this clip, the original PAF humbucker.
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Seymour Duncan Interview, Part 3

July 18, 2008
Seymour pulls out more early PAF humbuckers made by Seth Lover and Seth's own winder. Also, Seymour talks about making pickups for the best guitarists in the world.
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NYC's West 48th Street - Rudy's Music Stop

June 11, 2008
New York, NY (June, 2008) -- Premier Guitar is On Location in New York City -- checking out the guitar paradise known as West 48th Street. Within that cluster
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NYC's West 48th Street - Manny's

June 11, 2008
New York, NY (June, 2008) -- Premier Guitar is On Location in New York City -- checking out one of the planet''s hottest hot spots for guitars, West 48th Street.
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NYC's West 48th Street - Sammy Ash Guitars

June 11, 2008
New York, NY (June 11, 2008) -- What do you expect from three high-end, guitar-driven music stores within walking distance of each other, all on the same street in the nation''s biggest
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Stompbox Classics: Mu-Tron III

June 10, 2008
Welcome back to Stomp School. This month, we’ll conclude our “Stompbox Classics” series with the biggest, baddest, funkiest envelope filter of all-time – the Mu-Tron III. Debuting in 1972,
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