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Acoustic EQ for Stage, Part 4: Pickups

February 26, 2010
Continue your journey to live acoustic bliss with this comprehensive look at acoustic pickup types.
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NAMM '10 - 65Amps Tupelo Demo

February 24, 2010
PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM Show where he visits the 65Amps booth. In this segment, we get to check out their newest amp, the Tupelo.

The Tupelo is a breakthrough amplifier rooted in the same lost designs as his brother "Lil Elvis" only based on a 6V6 power section. The unique circuitry of the "Elvis" circuit creates a platform that reveals the true character of the power tubes to a surprising level. The 6V6 power section changes the character of the Elvis front end to sound like outstanding examples of American circuitry from the late 50's through the mid-sixties while at the same time removing all the bad behaviors of those old amps. The Tupelo is a must for players whose ears are tuned to American circuits and sounds. Equally comfortable in every music genre, the Tupelo is a super-versatile cousin to the Lil Elvis with more power, an astonishing vocabulary, touch sensitivity and harmonic richness. Again loaded with 65's "Master Voltage" circuitry to make the Tupelo comfortable at any volumes from Bedroom to Coffee House to Small Clubs to the Studio. The Tupelo also features as passive FX Loop, 2 speaker outs and 65's unique bias tremolo.

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NAMM '10-DigiTech JamMan Solo Demo & JamMan Stereo

February 19, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM Show where she visits the DigiTech booth. In this segment, we get to check out their two newest JamMan offerings -- the JamMan Solo and the JamMan Stereo.

In 2005, Digitech crafted the original JamMan, over 6 hours worth of material could be stored on a removable media card. Now, DigiTech? they have the new JamMan Solo Looper/Phrase Sampler with the ability to store 35 minutes of CD-quality loops in 99 internal memories as well as having an SD memory card expansion slot giving you the ability to store over 16 hours of material in an additional 99 slots.The JamMan Solo is designed for guitarists and bassists packing a full-featured looper in a compact form factor.

The JamMan Solo features USB connectivity and will sync to DigiTechs free JamManager? software that organizes and saves your JamMan Solos loops to PC or Mac. JamManager also lets you quickly create custom JamLists to take to your gig.

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NAMM '10 - Radial Engineering Vienna Chorus, PZ-DI

February 18, 2010
PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM Show where he visits the Radial Engineering booth. In this segment, we get to check out three of their newest products for 2010.

Here, we get to see and hear from the Bones Vienna Chorus, the PZ-DI box and the F11 Tube Preamp for bass or acoustic guitars.

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NAMM ' 10 - James Trussart Steelmaster,Steelcaster

February 18, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM Show where he visits the James Trussart Guitars booth. In this segment, we get to see and hear from three of his latest guitar offerings -- the Steelmaster, the Steel O Matic Gatorskin and Steelcaster Snakeskin. All the demos are performed by rockabilly guitarist Danny B. Harvey.

The Steelmaster has a '62 maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard, alder body with antique snakeskin finish and Arcane Inc. Jazz 90 (P-90 construction and tone in a Jazz Master housing) pickups.

The Steel O Matic has a Gator engraved top, pickguard and headcap. It features a '62 maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard and an alder body. It is loaded with Arcane Inc. singlecoils.

The Steelcaster has a perforated back, a '62 maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard. It has an Arcane Inc. pickups -- Tele (bridge) and a humbucker (neck).

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NAMM '10 - Yamaha FSX720 & FSX730 Acoustics

February 18, 2010
PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM Show where he visits the Yamaha Guitars booth. In this segment, we get to see two of their newest acoustic models for 2010.

The new models are the FSX720 and FSX730, which are both derived from the FG series. The FSX720 has mahogany back and sides, rosewood bridge and neck. Also, it features piezo electronics.

The FSX730 has rosewood back and sides, rosewood bridge and neck. Also, it comes loaded with transducer electronics.

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NAMM-Source Audio Multiwave Distortion Demo & More

February 18, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM Show where she visits the Source Audio booth. In this segment, we get to see three of their newest effects pedals -- the Multiwave Bass Distortion, Multiwave Distortiong (guitar) and the Classic Distortion.

The Soundblox Multiwave Bass Distortion features the same multi-band process that made the original Multiwave guitar pedal so popular, but this time, the Source Audio engineers adapted the process to compliment the unique frequency range of the bass guitar. Multi-band processing divides a signal into multiple bands then distorts them individually, giving musicians unprecedented levels of sound clarity and note articulation. Bassists can effectively combine complex chords and intervals with distorted tones?the Multiwave eliminates the mush and allows each note to ring clear and true.

Users have access to 23 distinct and modern sounding distortions that go far beyond traditional sounds. They range from normal, for a somewhat traditional distortion curve, to extreme foldback and octave settings for more aggressive and synth-like tones. Each distortion type is further customizable via the drive control, and separate clean and distorted level knobs. This advanced sound control alleviates the tendency for low-end reduction associated with most bass distortion units. The Multiwave Bass is also compatible with the Hot Hand? motion controller, adding even more expressive possibilities.

The Multiwave Distortion features 21 distinctive and modern effects not found on typical distortion pedals. Based on new proprietary algorithms, these range from basic overdrive sounds to aggressive synth-like, octave heavy and extreme foldback settings that go far beyond emulations of typical classic distortions.

The Multiwave Distortions unique Multi-Band mode divides the input signal into several frequency bands, which are distorted separately before being re-combined. Guitarists can play complex distorted chords and each note can be heard with absolute clarity. Several notes can feed back or drone simultaneously while a separate melody is played on top without the typical loss of volume associated with most of other types of distortion. The Multiwave Distortion is also compatible with the Hot Hand? motion sensor. When connected, Hot Hand controls the amount of gain.

The Soundblox Classic Distortion packs 4 tube amp and 8 fuzz box overdrive tones plus a Clean Boost/Tone mode into one compact and easy to use pedal. Unlike other products, which attempt to digitally clone, model or emulate vintage gear, the organic tones of the Soundblox Pro Classic Distortion are the result of a five-year listening study and iterative algorithm design process involving over 40 classic pedals and extensive artist evaluation. Plus, the Classic Distortion is Hot Hand? ready for even more expressive capabilities.

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NAMM '10:Bogner Brixton, New Yorker, Mojado & More

February 17, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM Show where she visits the Bogner Amplification booth. In this segment, she catches up with Reinhold Bogner as he walks us through what's new with his company for 2010. The new products include the introduction of the International Series -- the Brixton, the New Yorker, the Mojado and the Barcelona. Next up, we get to check out the high-powered Goldfinger 90. Lastly, we get to see some new rackmount gear from Bogner including the Fish Preamp, Shiva Preamp, Kraftwerk 3, Kraftwerk 2 and Kraftwerk 1 preamps.

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NAMM '10-Dunlop Max-Grip Picks, Heavy Core Strings

February 17, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM Show where he visits the Dunlop booth. In this segment, we get introduced to several of Dunlop's newest guitar accessories, including the Max-Grip picks, the Dirty Donny picks, Rev. Willy's strings, slides and picks, the Heavy Core strings, the Roadpro String Winder and Lucky 13 & BMF straps.
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Precision Neck Adjustment: A Simple Method for Consistency

February 17, 2010
Stop adjusting by sight and use this method to make it the same every time.
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