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Summer NAMM '10 - Wechter Guitars Pathmaker Demo

June 24, 2010
PG's Andy Ellis is On Location in Nashville, TN, for the 2010 Summer NAMM show where he visits the Wechter Guitar booth. In this segment, we get to check out their first solidbody model--the Pathmaker SB Maple.

The Pathmaker SB Maple is a new solidbody from Abe Wechter, a luthier known for his forward-thinking acoustic designs. Equipped with dual Seymour Duncan humbuckers and Graph Tech's Ghost Acoustiphonic saddle-pickup system, this versatile guitar can move from scorching leads to shimmering, quasi-acoustic timbres with a flick of switch. Particularly exciting: It's the first production guitar to offer Seymour Duncan's Triple Shot pickup mounting rings, which have two mini switches that allow you to turn each coil on or off. As a result, you can quickly put the 'buckers in series, parallel, or a tapped single-coil configuration.
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NY Amp Show '10 - Bludotone Amps Hi-Plains Drifter

June 24, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2010 NY Amp Show where he visits the Bludotone Amp room. In this segment, we get to check out their newest amp--the Hi-Plains Drifter.

The Hi-Plains Drifter is a single-channel, 150-watt amplifier with spring reverb designed for the bluesy rock players of the SRV and Eric Johnson school. Bludotone's Brandon Montgomery describes the amp's tone as "going from a sparkly, spankin' clean to a medium roar overdrive, but still retaining the guitar's original tone. Even though the amp is 150 watts, it still produces those overdriven tones at a reasonable volume... it doesn't have to be loud, but it sure likes to be loud."
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Fender Super-Sonic 22 Combo Amp Review

June 24, 2010
Fender''s new Super-Sonic series delivers a variety of Fender tones to make this a gig-worthy combo
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Summer NAMM '10 - Fret King ATD Auto-Tuning Bridge

June 23, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Nashville, TN, for the 2010 Summer NAMM show where she swings by the Fret King booth. In this segment, we get to check out the new Trev Wilkinson Fret King Auto Tuning bridge.

Trev Wilkinson, the brains behind the UK-based Fret King and Vintage brands, debuted a brand-new auto-tuning bridge that can store five user-programmable tuning presets, in addition to the pre-loaded standard E, open G, DADGAD, and open D. It's very easy to use, and tunes very quickly and accurately. The bridge comes installed on the Fret King Super-Matic, but will also be available for all manufacturers to install in their models.
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Summer NAMM '10 - Laney Amps Cub Head Demo

June 23, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Nashville, TN, for the 2010 Summer NAMM Show where she visits the Laney Amps booth. In this segment, we get to check out the low-powered Cub Head.

The all new CUB HEAD gives players access to British valve tone. The retro styled Cub Head features a top mounted control panel consisting of the following; Gain, Treble, Middle, Bass, Volume, Tone and Reverb.

The Cub Head houses 3-ECC83s in its preamp and 2-EL84s in the power amp section. The Cub Head has two input options, one giving you 15W RMS of valve tone, the other giving you a valve sound, but cutting the output down to .75 of a watt.

The rear panel of the Cub Head houses two speaker out sockets in 8 & 16 Ohm options, a footswitch socket for switching the reverb and an effects loop consisting of a Send/Line out socket and a return socket. The Cub Head can be paired with any Laney cabinet.

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Brad Paisley's Flooded Gear: The Aftermath

June 23, 2010
Chad Weaver gets the show back on the road despite losing nearly everything in the floods
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Summer NAMM '10 - Dynamic Amps DynaLead Demo

June 22, 2010
PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Nashville, TN, where he visits the Dynamic Amplifiers booth. In this segment, we get to check out their newest amp--the DynaLead.

They DynaLead pays homage to both "blackface" and "plexi" amplifiers of the '60s, this footswitchable two-channel amplifier takes the art one step further by creating a quasi-third channel, one that links the two, creating a very high gain lead option with its own gain and volume control.

This amplifier also sports a 6-spring reverb tank with vintage reverb circuit and PowerStep, a circuit that reduces power to 50% or 90%, with no loss of tone quality. Additionally, this class AB amp allows the user to switch output tubes as it is factory biased for 6V6, 6L6 and the EL34 tubes it comes with. This is facilitated with two externally accessed switches. External bias adjustment and unique tone circuits round out the package.

Dynamic amplifiers are all-tube, turret board construction, hand wired, and fitted with custom transformers. Available in head or combo format.
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NY Amp Show '10-Audio Kitchen Amps,Probett Guitars

June 22, 2010
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2010 NY Amp Show where he visits a room shared by Audio Kitchen and Probett Guitars. In this segment, we get to hear and see the Probett Rapide and Audio Kitchen Big Chopper in action.

The first in a line of Audio Kitchen's amplifiers, the Little Chopper was created on a need to record with a small amp that still produced AC30-type tones at a sensible volume. It comes with ECC81 and ECC83 preamp tubes and an EL84 power tube. The head can be housed by an exposed wood enclosure or with standard tolex. The controls include Gain, Bottom, Middle, Top, Stack, and Power. Also, it has Brite and Hi switches.

Audio Kitchen's two-channel Big Chopper is the bigger, bulkier brother to the Little Chopper. The first channel controls are Gain, Bottom, Middle, Top, Stack, and the second channel controls are Gain, Bottom, and Top. It has a Power control for both channels. The Power when turned full clockwise it behaves like a standard non-master volume amp, but as the continuously variable control is wound counterclockwise, it decreases the headroom of the power amp, introducing harmonic distortion in the power amp and reducing the volume. This particular model is currently in the studio with Kings of Leon lead guitarist Matt Followill. Look closely and you can see a few switches with Matt's name on them as they are his preferred tones/settings.

Damian of Probett Guitars describes his models his twisted take on a few of the classics. All of Probett's guitars are named after vintage European motorcycles. The first is the 25.5" scale International H, with a single-chamber body, under-wound Lollar '50s P-90s and Hipshot trem. The other two models are variations on the Rapide 5.9. The one in the center has a solid carved Honduran mahogany body, Lollar P-90s, a Les Paul-style neck joint and scale length. The other Rapide 5.9 has a Honduran mahogany body, but with a carved maple top, and Häussel humbuckers.
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