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Builder Profile: First Act Custom Shop

July 16, 2010
Learn the story behind First Act''s Custom division and the artists they build guitars for
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Rig Rundown - Baroness' Peter Adams, John Baizley

July 15, 2010
PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Madison, WI, where he catches up with Baroness' guitarists Peter Adams and John Baizley. They walk us through their rigs which include custom shop First Act guitars, Gibson Les Pauls, BadCat amplifiers, Emperor and Green guitar cabinets, and effects from companies like Electro-Harmonix, MXR, Boss, Dunlop, Ernie Ball, etc.
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Rig Rundown - The Melvins' King Buzzo

July 15, 2010
PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Des Moines, IA, where he catches up the Melvins guitarist King Buzzo. In this segment, Buzzo walks through his current live setup which includes a double-cutaway Electrical Guitar Company guitar (based on Les Paul specs), Sunn head, Carver power amps, MXR effects pedals and a Hiwatt 4x12.
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Summer NAMM '10 - Premier Builders Guild

July 15, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Nashville, TN, for the 2010 Summer NAMM show where he visits the Premier Builders Guild booth. In this segment, we learn about the idea behind the guild, the benefits for small-time builders, and some possibilities for other small-time luthiers can join. In addition, we get introduced to guitars from the existing guild, which includes models built by Dennis Fano, Gene Baker, Jason Z. Schroeder, Mark Bartel, Roger Giffin, Saul Koll, and Johan Gustavsson.
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Rig Rundown - Valient Thorr's Eidan & Sadat

July 15, 2010
PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Madison, WI, where he catches up with Valient Thorr's guitarists Eidan Thorr & Sadat Thorr. In this segment, both Eidan and Sadat walk us through their rigs which include Marshall JCM800 50 watt heads, Mesa Boogie 4x12 cabs loaded with Celestion Vintage 30s, and the few pedals they use are an Ibanez TS-9 Tube Screamer, Electro-Harmonix POG, and Creation Audio Labs Boost/Overdrive.
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Pigtronix Phi Echolution and EP2 Envelope Phaser Pedal Reviews

July 15, 2010
Pigtronix''s EP2 and Echolution are feature-packed stompboxes that boast a wide variety of studio-quality Envelope/Phase and Echo effects.
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Summer NAMM '10 Flaxwood 3S-T, DMZ-H Vasara Demos

July 14, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Nashville, TN, where she visits the Flaxwood Guitars booth. In this segment, we get to check out two of their newest models--the 3S-T Haarii Special & DMZ-H Vasara. Plus, watch for the Leon Russell sighting during the video, too!

The Haarii Special was said to be designed to deliver super, muscular Strat tones while preserving the warmth and deep responsiveness that characterizes all Flaxwood guitars. The Seymour Duncan SP90 pickup in the neck gives the instrument full, jazz box-like tones, while the two Duncan SSL-6's create all the twang and bite you'd ever want. The guitar also features a super stable Schaller LP Tremolo bridge, 5-way switch and a uniquely wired blend knob that adds the bridge pickup in the neck position and the neck pickup in the bridge, or bridge/middle position, allowing for all three pickups to be used at once.

Fat power chords, screaming harmonics, singing sustain, and a commanding appearance - the Flaxwood Vasara (vasara = hammer) is a true rocker's dream. Features a Gotoh Tune-o-matic Bridge and pickups by DiMarzio. Ideal for heavier rock and metal.
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NY Amp Show '10: Sweetwood Guitars Comet Signature

July 14, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2010 NY Amp Show where he visits the Sweetwood Guitar room. In this segment, we get to check out three of their models - Comet Signature Demo, RockRite & Comet Standard.

The Comet Signature is similar to other company's Private Stock collections. Only the finest examples of each species of wood are used - the once in a lifetime pieces. Every "Signature Model" is a one off and has unique features.

Inspired by the classic styling's of the 1960's surf era, the Rock-Rite features a classic tone with some modern appointments. The Rock-Rite features our modern 2-bolt neck construction, a method of neck attachment that is simply stronger, more durable and tighter than a four-bolt can achieve. The ergonomically designed heal block allows near seamless access to the upper registers. Tonally, the 2-bolt separates itself by improving string attack and enhancing both note bloom and sustain.

The Comet is their flagship model and features fast and comfortable necks. The Standards come with an Eastern rock maple top on a mahogany body, quarter-sawn multi-lam neck with a pau ferro fretboard, Hipshot hardware, and custom wound pickups.
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