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Analog Man Astro Tone Fuzz Pedal Review

October 20, 2010
Vintage style fuzz from Analog Man
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Maxon ST-9 Pro+ Super Tube Pedal Review

October 20, 2010
A variation on the classic green overdrive
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Battling a Bassman Reissue

October 20, 2010
Troubleshooting a crackling amp
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LA Amp Show '10 - Vox Amplifiers AC15HW1X

October 20, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location at the 2010 LA Amp Show where he visits the Vox Amplifiers booth and checks out the new handwired AC15HW1X. It has a handwired turret board construction, birch-ply cabinets featuring solid bracing and a natural high frequency diffuser, all-tube design, ECC83/12AX7 preamp tubes (x3), EL84 power tube quartet; (AC30 models); EL84 Duet (AC15 models), GZ34 rectifier (AC30 models); EZ81 rectifier (AC15 models), fitted with matched Ruby Tubes that provide extended dynamic range, traditional VOX two-channel design, Top Boost and Normal, High and Low inputs for each channel, and the Normal channel provides an additional BRIGHT switch while the top boost channel provides a HOT/COOL switch to achieve even more gain. The Master Volume/BYPASS switch completely bypasses the Master Volume section, OP mode switch cut the amp's Output Power level in half. It has a vintage fawn-colored vinyl, reminiscent of the 1960 classic AC30, which is either loaded with a Celestion Alnico Blue (AC15HW1X) or Celestion G12M (AC15HW1) Greenback.
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LA Amp Show '10 - Arcane Inc Custom Pickups Demo

October 20, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location at the 2010 LA Amp Show where he swings by the Arcane Pickups room to check out a demo of Arcane's 60s Tele (bridge) and Alnico 5 (neck). Arcane Inc pickups are custom, hand-wound pickups crafted by Rob Timmons. The company offers vintage-style replica pickups and specializes in distressed and antiqued looks. Timmons takes built-to-order requests. His pickups are standard in James Trussart's steel-bodied guitars.
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Experience PRS '10 - Paul Reed Smith Interview

October 20, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location at Experience PRS 2010 where he sits down and talks with Paul Reed Smith about all things PRS Guitars for the upcoming 2011 year. In this video interview, PRS talks about the new V12 finish, DC3, NF3, and JA-15 guitars, and the new Recording Amp. In addition, he talks about what it takes to be a guitar innovator and entrepreneur in today's economic climate--and why it's vital to PRS Guitars.

The DC3 is features a flat alder body, bolt-on neck, steel bridge components, and three proprietary PRS DC3 singlecoil pickups based on PRS's award-winning 513 model platform, the DC3 has a warm, vintage tone and loads of modern appeal.

The NF3 is named after its versatile pickup configuration (3 pickups paired with a 5-way blade switch), the NF3 utilizes the modern pickup technology of PRS Narrowfield pickups. Narrowfields use the same wire as PRS's coveted 57/08 pickups, but are narrower pole-to-pole and deeper front-to-back. The result is a new sounding pickup system with exceptional clarity. Paired with a "pattern regular" bolt-on neck and flat body design, the NF3 is a modern classic.

The result of a collaboration between Paul Reed Smith and Paul Jackson, Jr., the JA-15 was originally designed with jazz musicians in mind. Highlights include a "pattern" neck shape, 53/10 pickups, a 2-piece adjustable bridge, and "V12" finish...all newly offered as standard appointments for the first wave of 2011 products. The warmth of the spruce top paired with the high-end clarity of the figured maple back creates a resonance in this guitar that is balanced with tonal clarity.

PRS is proud to offer a twenty-five piece limited run of Experience PRS 2010 Recording Amps. External switches on many gain and tone components that are normally inaccessible create a nearly infinite tonal and gain palate, making this "universal" amp perfect for recording...as does the amp's ability to go from the hardest of rock to super clean tones and cover everything in between.
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LA Amp Show-WattGrinder ToneGrinder X100 Tube Demo

October 18, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location at the 2010 LA Amp Show where he swings by the WattGrinder room. In this segment, we get to hear the latest WattGrinder ToneGrinder X100 tube devices in action. These tube replacements are neither solid-state or vacuum, but rather what WattGrinder's Daryl Ford describes as non-glass, non-vacuum 12AX7 tube devices. There are four models in two different series—the Expanded Output Series and the recently released X100 Custom Series. Keep an eye out for our video demo of these devices. "The idea of ToneGrinder is to open up the frequency, the dynamic range, the amplifier's capability to give player's the most out of their equipment," Ford told us.
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GALLERY: Show Us Your Gear - Pedalboards I

October 15, 2010
Premier Guitar readers show us their boards!
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LA Amp Show '10 - BC Audio Amplifier No. 8 Demo

October 15, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location at the 2010 LA Amp Show where we get to check out BC Audio. In this segment, we get to check out BC Audio's newest amplifier--Amplifier No. 8. The No. 8, is a class A, single-channel, 25-watter loaded with a 5AR4/GZ34 rectifier, two 5881 power tubes and two 6SL7 octal preamp tubes. The head is available in a vintage green ammo can or a standard cab box in black and red.
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LA Amp Show '10 - Kauer Guitars Double Hollow Demo

October 15, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location at the 2010 LA Amp Show where he checks in at the Kauer Guitars room. In this segment, Doug Kauer of Kauer Guitars shows off his newest prototype of the Double Hollow model. a prototype of his Daylighter hollowbody model. It features a fully-carved Eastern maple back (his Daylighters typically have a flat Spanish cedar back) and a 4" Spanish cedar core block which is attached to the Spanish cedar top. Kauer describes the guitar as having 60-70% more internal volume. Initially, Kauer was disappointed because he was hoping the guitar would be somewhat ES-175-ish, but he was happy to discover the guitar is very much like an ES-335.
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