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NY Amp Show '10 - Sommatone Overdrive 75 Demo

June 15, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location for the 2010 New York Amp Show where he visits the Sommatone room. In this segment, we get to hear their latest head in action--the Overdrive 75. The Overdrive 75 is handmade and features true point-to-point wiring. It has custom Mercury Magnetics transformers, four 6L6s that are cathode biased, and three 12AX7 preamp tubes (five with Reverb). The controls include blendable Bright and Normal Volume controls, Master Volume, Treble, Middle, Bass, and Presence.
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NY Amp Show '10-Hahn Guitars, Louis Electric Demos

June 14, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location for the 2010 New York Amp Show where he visits a room shared by Hahn Guitars and Louis Electric. In this segment, we get to check out products from both companies demoed by Merle Haggard's guitarist Redd Volkaert.

The guitar Redd is using is based on Hahn's 228 model that has one-piece swamp ash body, one-piece quartersawn maple neck with 6105 frets and is set up with hardware made by luthier Chihoe Hahn. The guitar is loaded with Budz pickups - special wound for Redd.

The Louis Electric combo is based on Fender's 5E3 Tweed Deluxe, with 6L6 power tubes rather than the traditional 6V6s. The idea behind this amp was to give players more headroom and is designed for medium-sized gigs. The controls include Tone, Volume, and Volume. The speaker in this model is a Celestion G12H30.

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NY Amp Show '10 - Goodsell Valpreaux,Dominatrix 18

June 14, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2010 New York Amp Show where he visits the Goodsell room. In this segment, we get to check out Goodsell's two newest combos -- the Valpreaux and the Dominatrix 18.

The Valpreaux is a 21-watt combo inspired by certain Valco, Supro, and Gretsch combos of the '60s. It features the relatively obscure 6973 power tube that imparts a different sonic signature from the EL84-based models that comprise the bulk of the Goodsell product line. The Valpreaux has a simplified front-end similar to the Super 17, with the same award-winning tremolo and non-intrusive reverb, as well as an ultra-transparent post-phase inverter master volume.

The Dominatrix 18 is same venerable 5E3 cabinet as the Unibox and 17 MkIII, the cathode-biased Dominatrix takes its inspiration from the Watkins Dominator series made in England in the '60s and '70s. It features two EL84s, three 12AX7s, and an EZ81 rectifier tube. Also, it has a 2-stage preamp and is followed by a phase inverter.
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NY Amp Show '10 - Brown Note D'Lite ODR 100 Demo

June 11, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location for the 2010 NY Amp Show where he visits the Brown Note Amplification room. In this segment, we get to check out the newest amp in the Brown Note line of D'Lite heads--the ODR 100. It's a 100 watt reverb amp. The clean channel is designed for high headroom, and tight low end response, making it suitable for loud clean tones with high output pickups, and providing an excellent pedal platform. The overdrive channel is voiced for tight, dynamic, smooth overdrive tones. It includes an FX loop, tube driven spring reverb circuit, and 3-function foot switch, as well as a back-panel mounted overdrive gain trimmer that sets the amount of overdrive that can be dialed in or out via the front panel controls. It also includes a 3-way bright switch, Deep switch, and Fat/Lean switch.
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Apogee GiO USB Guitar Interface & Controller Review

June 11, 2010
Apogee''s GiO is a guitar interface and controller for GarageBand, Logic, and MainStage.
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GALLERY: New York Amp Show 2010

June 11, 2010
Last weekend’s New York Amp Show was chock full of beautiful boutique amps—plus more than a few hot guitars, pedals, and accessories. Our photo gallery spotlights 41 of the coolest things we ran across, with specs!
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NY Amp Show '10 - Satellite Amps MudShark Demo

June 10, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2010 NY Amp Show where he visits the Satellite Amps room. In this segment, we get to see two of their newest amps, the Mudshark (gold sparkle) and the Little Booger.

The Mudshark has a pair of 5881's (cathode biased, push/pull), a pair of 12AX7's, and a 5AR4 rectifier. It pushes about 20 watts and most people say it is very reminiscent of the old Supro's, AKA the "Chicago" or "Zep" sound.

The Little Booger is 12 watt head with a pair of 6AQ5's, a pair of 12AX7's, and an EZ81 rectifier. The Little Booger is a cathode biased, push/pull amp. It has lots of rich harmonics and plenty of gain.
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GALLERY: Show Us Your Gear - Favorite Overdrive/Distortion

June 10, 2010
From classics to modded classics, boutique to budget, Premier Guitar readers submit the tools they use to get dirty.
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NY Amp Show '10 - Carol-Ann Tucana 2 Demo

June 9, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2010 New York Amp Show where he visits the Carol-Ann Amplifiers room. In this segment, we get to see and hear from Carol-Ann's new Tucana 2 head. The Tucana 2 is a three-channel amplifier set with a clean channel, and two channels for overdriven tones. It comes loaded with 2-6550 power tubes and checks in at 75 rockin' watts.
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Weekend Warrior Luthiery, Part 2

June 9, 2010
Steve continues his luthiery journey with purfling and binding, neck shaping and lots and lots of sanding.
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