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Video Review - Way Huge Aqua-Puss Analog Delay

April 15, 2010
PG's Jordan Wagner takes the Way Huge Electronics Aqua-Puss Analog Delay for spin in his latest review featured in the May issue of Premier Guitar Magazine.

The Aqua-Puss MKII has been reintroduced to the wild with a near spot-on recreation of the original delay pedal. The Aqua-Puss' Delay knob controls the speed from 20ms to over 300ms for cavernous tones. The Feedback control regulates delay duration and intensity, but an extreme setting can send the analog delay into self-oscillatingmode (demoed by Jordan), which can create a hysteria of noises and sounds. And the Blend knob lets you set a balance between dry and delayed signal?from mild to wild.

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Video Review - Jaguar Amplification Junior

April 15, 2010
PG's Pat Smith takes us through his review of the new Jaguar Amplification Junior combo (the full review can be found in the May issue of Premier Guitar magazine).

The Jaguar Junior is a 17 watt class A amplifier and is loaded with 2-12AX7 preamp tubes, 2-EL84 and 1-GZ34 power tubes. It is a single channel amp with high and low inputs. The controls are simplistic and basic -- Master Volume, Volume and Tone. In the back of the amp there is a pentode and triode switch that enables the guitarist to dial back the amp to 7 watts. The over-sized cabinet is packed with a single Customized Celestion G12H Anniversary speaker and the whole package weighs about 45 lbs.

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Engl Amps - Powerball II & GigMaster 15 Demos

April 9, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location in Frankfurt, Germany, for the 2010 Musikmesse show where he visits the Engl Amplifiers booth. In this segment, we get to check out Engl's newest products for 2010, including the Powerball II, GigMaster 15 combo, Fireball 100 and the Bass Rackhead 1060.

The Powerball II is a 100 watt head loaded with 4-6L6GC power tubes and 4-ECC83 (12AX7) preamp tubes. The Powerball II featues include -- 4 Gain control knobs: Clean Gain-1, Crunch Gain-2, Lead Gain-3 and Lead Gain-4. It has two Bottom sound switches, one for Lead-Channel 3 and another one for Lead-Channel 4. Also, it has middle-boosted switching (works on all 4 channels) via front panel button or via footswitch. Another feature is the electronic power tube monitoring system (PTM) with LED indication (new version). Other front panel controls include EQ system Clean and Crunch: Bass, Middle, Treble-Clean, Treble-Crunch, EQ system Lead-Channel 3 and Lead-Channel 4: Bass, Middle or Middle-boosted, Presence and Depth Punch controls in the power amp stage.

The GigMaster 15 is a combo that has power scaling, an effects loop and the two channels share the EQ. The combo can be set at 15W / 5W / 1W / 0W and the switches are on the back (0W being for direct recording).

The new ENGL Fireball 100 features a darker, lower midrange focused tone. The new added Midrange Boost (which can be controlled via footswitch) plus the Bottom switch, Engl describes as adding that special fire to your sound. Engl describes the well-dressed gain structures as allowing any sounds from crystal clear, crispy crunch, fat rock rhythm or heavy metal riffs to searing lead lines. With 100 Watts of pure 6L6GC power amp fury, the Fireball 100 delivers more punch than ever before.

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Line 6 - James Tyler Variax Demo

April 9, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location in Frankfurt, Germany, for the 2010 Musikmesse show where he visits the Line 6 booth. In this segment, we get to see and hear from the brand new James Tyler Variax.

This year, Line 6 introduces the all-new Line 6 Variax James Tyler JTV models there are three JTV models to chose from; JTV 59, JTV 69 and JTV 89.

The JTV59 is a singlecut (Les Paul) -style; the JTV69 is a Strat-style; the third and final model is the JTV89 shredder. All the guitars are loaded with Seymour Duncan pickups, James Ty'ler-designed custom bridges and a drop tuning dial.

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GALLERY: Musikmesse 2010, Vol. 2

April 9, 2010
More eye candy from Europe''s biggest musical instrument show.
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Knaggs Guitars - Kenai, Choptank, Severn, Keya

April 8, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location in Frankfurt, Germany for the 2010 Musikmesse show where he swings by the Knaggs Guitars booth. In this segment we get to check out Joe Knaggs (formerly of PRS Guitars) new line of guitars.

The Knaggs Guitars lineup of models includes the Kenai, Patuxant, Choptank, Severn, Sheyenne, Keya and the Choptank bass. All the models (excluding the Choptank bass) are built upon a three-layer tier system providing guitarists a plethora of options, including types of tonewoods, inlay designs, inlay materials, purfling and pickup choices to make sure every choice or preference is covered within the realm of Knaggs Guitars.

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Framus-Diablo Series; Warwick-Jagermeister Bass

April 8, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location in Frankfurt, Germany, for the 2010 Musikmesse show where he visits the Framus and Warwick booth. In this segment, we get to check out some new guitars from Framus and new basses from Warwick.

This year, Framus has re-done several iterations of their popular models - the Diablo and Panthera. In this segment, we get to check out some standard models and custom shop offerings. All the guitars feature Seymour Duncan pickups and Framus' exquisite high-gloss finishes.

On the Warwick side of things, we get to check out a Jagermeister bass, Robert Trujillo's (Metallica) new signature bass (based of the Streamer LX4 model) and Adam Clayton's (U2) new signature bass.

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Blackstar-HT Series Pedals Demos; Modulation,Delay

April 7, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location in Frankfurt, Germany, for the 2010 Musikmesse show where he visits the Blackstar Amplification booth. In this segment, we get to check out some of Blackstar's new HT-Effects pedals; Modulation, Delay and Reverb.

The Modulation is described as having a tone from gentle tremolo to roaring jet engine flange, it brings you all the musicality of the classic vintage effects pedals. For ease of use the Slow/Fast feature lets you adjust the modulation time of the eight different modulation effects while you are playing. The unique Saturation control then lets you add real valve compression and harmonics.

The Delay has eight different delays in one pedal and they can take you from vintage and multi-head tape delays to classic analog and linear full bandwidth effects and two loop modes as well. You can then add in real valve compression and harmonics using the unique Saturation control.

Finally, the Reverb can take you from your room to an arena via hall, plate, spring, gate and reverse-reverb effects. Valve compression and harmonics are added using the Dwell control, and you can switch the reverb time from short to long while you are playing.

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Kala Ukuleles - U-Bass Demo

April 7, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Frankfurt, Germany, for the 2010 Musikmesse show where he visits the Kala Ukulele booth. In this segment, we get to see and hear from their U-Bass.

The U-Bass is a short-scale bass (21") that produces the same pitches as a standard bass and is tuned like a standard bass, too. The U-Bass is made with a one-piece of mahogany and comes with a rosewood fretboard and bridge. It is loaded with four individual piezo element pickups so it works as a fully-functioning bass.

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Orange Amps - The O PC Demo

April 6, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location in Frankfurt, Germany, for the 2010 Musikmesse show where he visits the Orange Amplifiers booth. In this segment, we get to check out the new Orange O PC prototype. A full-functioning Windows machine, the O PC comes with a pre-installed Orange Amp VST plug-in (a custom version of IK Multimedia's AmpliTube), an 8" JBL speaker, a dedicated 1/4" input, an ext. speaker jack (for the optional stereo cab), DVD drive, top-mounted Wi-Fi antenna, amp-style knobs (Volume, Balance, Treble, and Bass), and all the connection ports you'd expect.
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