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Gear

1977 Fender Jazz Bass

July 20, 2010
Created in 1960 as a mellower alternative to the seminal Fender Precision bass, the Fender Jazz bass has created a musical legacy all its own
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Builder Profile: Sommatone Amplification

July 20, 2010
The story behind Jimmy Somma''s hand-built amp heads
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Video Review - Vox AGA70 Acoustic Guitar Amplifier

July 20, 2010
PG's Acoustic Editor Gayla Drake Paul walks us through her latest review of the Vox AGA70 Acoustic Guitar Amplifier.

The AGA70 is ideal for the acoustic performer because it's designed to perfectly project the subtle resonances and sweet, mellow tones of the acoustic guitar. Each of the two channels (Normal and Tube Pre) is equipped with a standard guitar input, as well as a microphone input with selectable phantom power. An electro-acoustic guitar or mic can be connected to each channel, making this the perfect amp for a singer-instrumentalist. An additional Lo-Z / Hi-Z switch on each input accommodates a variety of signal levels.

The Tube Pre channel preamp features a 12AU7 (ECC82) dual-triode vacuum tube.

In addition to Bass, Middle, and Treble tone controls, each channel provides an effective COLOR control. Working in harmony with the traditional EQ, the COLOR knob allows you to quickly shift the tonal response to match your performance. This additional control accommodates a broad variety of sounds ranging from thick and robust to sparkling and clean.

Also, it features onboard Reverb (both channels) and an on/off switch for a Chorus effect.
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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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Amptweaker TightDrive Pedal Review

July 20, 2010
Amp guru James Brown''s debut pedal is reviewed
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Amptweaker Bass TightDrive Pedal Review

July 20, 2010
Amp guru James Brown''s debut pedal is tweaked for bass
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Summer NAMM '10 - DBZ Guitars Peacemaker Cavallo V

July 17, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Nashville, TN, for the 2010 Summer NAMM Show where she visits the DBZ Guitars booth. In this segment, we get to check out one of the newest DBZ US models--the Peacemaker Cavallo V.

Another work of art from Dean Zelinsky and his team, and it's stunning. The construction is a traditional mahogany+maple cap combination, with an intricate Wild West-inspired theme carved into the top. It features custom DBZ pickups and hardware.

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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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