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T-Rex Effects ToneBug Distortion Pedal Review

July 9, 2010
The boutique pedal makers from Denmark have rolled out an entire line of lower-priced offerings. We review the high-gain distortion.
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NY Amp Show '10 - TomasZewicZ Amps TZZ-17 OD Demo

July 8, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2010 NY Amp Show where he visits the Tomaszewicz Amplifiers room. In this segment, we get to see and hear from two of their newest amps--TZZ-40/70 Head & TZZ-17H Overdrive Head.

The TZZ-40/70 Head is 40/70 watt dual fixed bias head with a Sustain feature and buffered effects loop. Its tubes include 12DW7, 12AX7, 12AT7, 3-12AT7's and 4-EL34's.

The TZZ-17H Overdrive is a 17-watt cathode bias head with foot switchable overdrive and has the following tube complement: 12DW7, 12AX7, 12AT7, 12AX7 and 2-EL84s. The front panel layout is Master Volume, Cut, Presence, Bass, Middle, Treble, Sustain, Drive, Pre-Amp Gain, and Input.
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Wallace Abaddon Amp Review

July 7, 2010
Wallace''s Abaddon is a classic Marshall-flavored head that can be pushed into more modern territory
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NY Amp Show '10 - Reinhardt Amps SHG 33 Demo

July 6, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2010 NY Amp Show where he visits the Reinhardt Amplification room. In this segment, we get to see and hear from their newest head, the SHG 33, while also learning about several other models including, the Talyn, the Sonoma and the Vintage 100.

Reinhardt's high gain SHG is now in a 33 watt model that comes loaded with two EL34 power tubes and its standard options include power scaling and a built-in effects loop.

The Vintage 100 has four EL34s, but you can also use four KT66s for their sweet tone, too. The preamp is loaded with three 12AX7s. To keep the '68 feel it features Heyboer power and output transformers that are choke reverse engineered based on the original Drakes.

The Talyn was built as a special request from Mark Knopfler who wanted an amp styled after the Trainwreck Rocket. Powered by a hand picked blend of three 12AX7 preamp tubes, four EL84 power tubes, and a GZ34 rectifier, the amp's controls are Volume, Treble, Middle, Bass, Cut, and Presence.

The Sonoma is a 100 watt head featuring four 6L6 or four EL34 power tubes and is based on the famous Bluesmaster and Overdrive amps from the legendary amp builder H.A.D. It comes standard with a 2-button switch for Boost and Channel switching. Several custom features such as Boost Level Control, and Mid Shaping to give the amp a bit wider range of tone choices.
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Is Your Pick Hanging You Up?

July 6, 2010
Different ways of approaching picking and picks to refine that final bit of your tone and technique
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NY Amp Show '10 - Black Cat Custom Fuzz Pedals

July 5, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2010 NY Amp Show where he visits the Black Cat Pedals room. In this segment, we get to check out three of their latest fuzz pedals--the Custom MKI Americano, the Professional MKII, and the Bass Octave.

The MKI Americano built on a similar platfrom to the famous British fuzz circuits of yore, but with all-American components.

The Black Cat Custom Professional MKII is their take on the iconic 1960s Sola Sound Tone Bender Professional MKII, made famous by Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, and Eric Clapton among others. The Black Cat MKII is wired point-to-point on double turrets, just like the MKI Americano. However, they opted for a more traditional approach, rather than repeating the Americano theme. Their component selection for the MKII reflects an old-school British flair, using a Newmarket NKT274 and two Philips OC75 transistors, and Mullard tropical fish capacitors.

The Black Cat Bass Octave Fuzz is a modern recreation of the rare and valuable Maestro Bass Brassmaster, which was used in the seventies by bass players such as John Entwhistle (The Who), Chris Squire (Yes), and Kyle Brock (Eric Johnson/Electromagnets). The Bass Octave Fuzz allows the player to blend the clean signal into the mix along with the fuzz. The result is a monstrous roar of fuzz with a thunderous low-end rumble.
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NY Amp Show '10 - Celestion Room w/ Trainwrecks

July 4, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2010 NY Amp Show where he visits the Celestion Room.

They loaded several different cabs with their various speakers and had guitarists play through some of the most sought after amps. The amps included [left to right] Komet 19 combo featured a heritage G12H30 with the 55hz cone, Trainwreck Liverpool "Marge" was on a Bruno 2x10 with Gold G10s, prototype 4- 6V6 Bruno Cow-tipper head was on a Bruno 2x12 with Gold G12s, Bruno Underground 30 was in a Bruno 2x12 with Alnico Blues, the famous tan EL34 Dumble was on a Heritage G1265 loaded Bruno 2x12, and Trainwreck Express "Suzanne"—originally owned by George Lynch—was on a Heritage Greenback 20W G12M loaded 4x12.
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NY Amp Show '10 - Vox AC15C1 Demo

July 2, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2010 NY Amp Show where he visits the Vox Amplifiers room. In this segment, we get a taste of Vox's AC15 Custom combo.

The 15 watt AC15C1 has 2-EL84/6BQ5 power tubes & 2-12AX7/ECC83 preamp tubes. The cabinet is loaded with 12" 16 ohm Celestion G12M Greenback speaker.

Equipped with a number of modern features and conveniences the new AC15 Custom offers more control and versatility with features like master volume, global reverb and tremolo. Also on the top panel are bass and trebles controls along with a single guitar input.

At look at the rear panel will reveal a pair of output jacks for use with external speaker cabinets if desired. When connecting speakers, an impedance selector switch offers 8 or 16 ohm output options. A dedicated jack for use with the supplied VF002 VOX footswitch is also provided. With this so you can turn the Reverb and Tremolo on and off.

All components have been designed, manufactured or selected so that the performance and sound of the AC15 Custom is second to none.
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Rudy's Music - Pensa Guitar's Custom Shop & Repair

July 2, 2010
PG's Adam Moore is On Location in New York City, NY, where he visits Rudy's Music. In this video segment, we get the tour of Pensa Guitar's Custom Shop & Repair.

While the wood is not cut in NYC, everything else is done by hand in this small boutique shop. Here, we get to check out some Mark Knopfler models featuring quilted maple tops, mahogany bodies, hardtail or Floyd Rose bridges, and various pickup configurations. In addition, we get to see one of the ravaged guitars from the recent flood in Nashville as Keith Urban's Gibson needed some emergency TLC in order to do a performance that night in NYC.
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GALLERY: Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010

July 2, 2010
June 26, 2010 - Toyota Park, Chicago, IL. The third annual Crossroads Guitar Festival featured performances from Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, B.B. King, John Mayer, Derek Trucks, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Vaughan, Robert Randolph, Joe Bonamassa, and many more. Photos by Chris Kies
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