Giveaways January 2015

January 15

Gear

GALLERY: Austin City Limits 2010

October 15, 2010
A sampling of the music at the 2010 Austin City Limits festival. Photography by Arnold Wells.
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LA Amp Show '10 - Scumback Speakers M75 65W Demo

October 14, 2010
PG's Chris Kies is On Location at the 2010 LA Amp Show where he visits the Scumback Speakers room. In this segment, we get to check out Scumback's M75 65W speaker demoed by a Friedman Naked head.

Scumback describes the M75 as being a warm, detailed midrange enhanced guitar speaker with smooth overdrive and distortion tones. Great sound right out of the box due to factory aging, design and break-in procedures. This is a superb tone and sound recreation of the G12M Pre Rola era "Greenback" that was used in Marshall stacks and combos, and many other British amps of the era such as Vox, Orange, Sound City.
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GALLERY: Rockstar-Painted Strats for Little Kids Rock

October 14, 2010
Little Kids Rock, a non-profit organization that provides instruments to underfunded music programs, is auctioning 30 guitars painted by rockstars, artists, and celebrities.
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Builder Profile: Rick Turner on Henman Guitars and the Buddy Holly Guitar Foundation

October 14, 2010
Legendary luthier Rick Tuner details his latest projects
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Matamp Amplification Spirit 1x8 Combo Amp Review

October 14, 2010
The Spirit is a pint-size combo with vintage tone and feel
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LA Amp Show '10 - Morgan Amplification RCA35 Demo

October 13, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location at the 2010 LA Amp Show where he visits the Morgan Amplification room and gets the latest scoop on the RCA35 handbuilt by Joe Morgan. Joe Morgan's RCA35 drew constant crowds where it was set up in the Mercury Magnetics room. The amp is a small, 35-watt, full tone stack amp with lots of volume, extremely musical chime, controllable breakup and jazz-ready cleans. Powered by Mercury transformers and two 6L6s (it can also run on 6V6, KT66, KT77 and 5881 tubes), the amp has two 12AX7s in the preamp and has a GZ34 rectifier.

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Giving to Get: Donate Your Gear

October 13, 2010
Not worth Craigslist or eBay? Donate it!
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LA Amp Show '10 - Friedman Amps Dirty Shirley Demo

October 11, 2010
PG's Chris Kies is On Location at the 2010 LA Amp Show where he swings by the Friedman Amplification room. In this video segment, we get to check out Friedman's Dirty Shirley and Naked heads. The Dirty Shirley sounds like Jimmy Page on the early Zeppelin records. Watch our video demo and decide just how accurate that statement is. (We have a mountain of editing to do... keep an eye out, that video is coming soon!)The Dirty Shirley is a 6L6-based head with a tube rectifier. Friedman describes the amp as being loosely based on a JTM45 platform, but the amp does have a Gain control and Master Volume, too. In comparison to a lot of Friedman's other popular amps (Naked, Brown Eye), the Dirty Shirley is a little more "classic" and has no switches and no effects loop—just great rockin' tone.
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LA Amp Show '10 - Satellite Amps Omega & Space Boy

October 11, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location at the 2010 LA Amp Show where he checks out the newest products from Satellite Amps. In this video segment, we get to hear the loudest amplifier at the LA Amp Show was Satellite's updated Omega MK II. Designer Adam Grimm's goal was to create an amp that is loud and aggressive, even at the lowest of volume settings. This 50-watt beast is loaded with a pair of 12AX7 preamp tubes and a pair of EL34 power tubes. It has a solid state rectifier and a three-control front panel with Volume, Bass, and Treble.
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Love Your Local Luthier

October 8, 2010
Visiting a local luthier and sampling the flavors of fresh-off-the-workbench acoustics
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