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Pigtronix Phi Echolution and EP2 Envelope Phaser Pedal Reviews

July 15, 2010
Pigtronix''s EP2 and Echolution are feature-packed stompboxes that boast a wide variety of studio-quality Envelope/Phase and Echo effects.
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Summer NAMM '10 Flaxwood 3S-T, DMZ-H Vasara Demos

July 14, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Nashville, TN, where she visits the Flaxwood Guitars booth. In this segment, we get to check out two of their newest models--the 3S-T Haarii Special & DMZ-H Vasara. Plus, watch for the Leon Russell sighting during the video, too!

The Haarii Special was said to be designed to deliver super, muscular Strat tones while preserving the warmth and deep responsiveness that characterizes all Flaxwood guitars. The Seymour Duncan SP90 pickup in the neck gives the instrument full, jazz box-like tones, while the two Duncan SSL-6's create all the twang and bite you'd ever want. The guitar also features a super stable Schaller LP Tremolo bridge, 5-way switch and a uniquely wired blend knob that adds the bridge pickup in the neck position and the neck pickup in the bridge, or bridge/middle position, allowing for all three pickups to be used at once.

Fat power chords, screaming harmonics, singing sustain, and a commanding appearance - the Flaxwood Vasara (vasara = hammer) is a true rocker's dream. Features a Gotoh Tune-o-matic Bridge and pickups by DiMarzio. Ideal for heavier rock and metal.
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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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Summer NAMM - Cordoba Guitars Fusion 12 Orchestra

July 14, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Nashville, TN, for the 2010 Summer NAMM Show where he visits the Cordoba Guitars booth. In this segment, we get to check out some of their newest models including the Fusion Series 12 Orchestra and 14 Maple.

The Cordoba Fusion Orchestra 12 is the first full body guitar in the Fusion series. It features Indian rosewood back and sides, a lightweight cedar neck, and an ebony fingerboard and the option of either a solid Canadian cedar or European spruce top. The multiple ringed rosette is made of 100% natural woods and inlaid by hand, along with the Maple and ebony purfling that outlines the soundboard. A light mahogany binding accents the body shape of the Orchestra, which is slightly altered from a traditional nylon string guitar. The tone is dark and punchy in the basses, with strong, round trebles and balanced mids.

The 14 Maple is very similar to the Fusion 12 Orchestra, but its differences include a joint at the 14th fret, flame maple back and sides, mahogany neck, and a single cutaway body configuration.
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Summer NAMM '10:Blackstar HT-Blackfire Gus. G Demo

July 13, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Nashville, TN, for the 2010 Summer NAMM show where she visits the Blackstar Amplification booth. In this segment, we get to see and hear from their newest distortion pedal - the HT-Blackfire Gus G. Signature.

The HT-BLACKFIRE is the first artist signature product by Blackstar, developed with influential guitarist Gus G. (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind). It's a dual channel valve metal distortion pedal. The channels are named after the fan-favorite Firewind track "The Fire And The Fury." The Fire channel delivers a high gain classic distortion, while the Fury channel takes you to screaming lead and beyond.
With its black finish, orange and red LEDs, black grille and Blackstar designed Gus G. logo, the HT-BLACKFIRE looks as serious as it sounds.
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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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Summer NAMM '10 - Diamond Amps Positron Demo

July 12, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Nashville, TN, for the 2010 Summer NAMM Show where she swings by the Diamond Amplification booth. In this segment, we get to check out their newest head--the Positron.

This little Class A rocker is loaded with 2-EL84s and clocks in at 22 watts. It isn't as big or gnarly as its big brother Diamonds, but this is a no-joke tone machine with only two controls--Tone and Volume. It has crystal cleans, but it begs to be dimed so it can create some Mike Campbell-esque rock 'n' roll.
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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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Summer NAMM '10 -D'Angelico Guitars Performance

July 12, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Nashville, TN, for the 2010 Summer NAMM Show where she visits the D'Angelico booth. In this segment, we get to check out two D'Angelico artists perform--Warren Battiste and Rick Stone.
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