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NAMM - Seymour Duncan Yngwie, Slash Pickups & More

January 14, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for NAMM 2010 where he swings by the Seymour Duncan booth. In this segment, Seymour Duncan's Frank Falbo walks us through a whole host of new products including signature pickups from Yngwie Malmsteen, Slash and Slipknot's Mick Thomson EMTY. Other new products include the Custom 5, Full Shred, Vintage Staggered and Custom Staggered all for 7-string guitars. And last but not least, SD unleashed a new P-Rails for the bridge position.?

The STK-S10 YJM Fury is a hum-canceling single-coil-sized pickup based SD's original Stack. Recommended for rock, neo-classical, shred, hard rock, power metal, and heavy metal. The YJM Fury will directly retrofit most single-coil equipped guitars. The YJM Fury will work well with any bolt-on guitar that utilizes traditional single-coil-size Strat pickups.?

The Alnico II Pro Slash is like the standard APH-1 Alnico II Pro, which uses an Alnico 2 magnet, however, the Slash model is wound with just enough boosted output to push a stock Les Paul toward the sweet sustain and rude crunch that characterizes Slash's sound as heard on hundreds of tracks. In addition, it comes with some of the same appointments found on the Seymour Duncan pickups in Slash's '86 recording axe, including single-conductor cable, long-legged bottom plate, and wooden spacer.

Like its predecessors (The AHB-1 and AHB-2), the Blackouts AHB-3 EMTY provides distinctive, screaming metal tones, packing a serious mid-range punch, thicker, darker chords than other humbuckers and hard-hitting driving leads. Mick asked for tighter bottom, and more searing top end cut, and Seymour Duncan delivered. The AHB series conveys a less compressed tone, with a more extended frequency response helping to cancel hum by using balanced inputs.?

The versatile Custom 5 7-string is a moderate to high output humbucker, perfect for pop, country, blues, classic rock and heavy rock with its deeper bottom end and expanded output. Recommended for the bridge position, add an SH-1n 7-string in the neck position for real deal P.A.F. tones. Two symmetrical coils and short Allen head pole pieces produce a more intense, focused magnetic field while the Alnico 5 magnet maintains an organic attack and feel.

The Full Shred is perfect for rock, heavy metal, speed metal, and any music featuring fast, aggressive, solo playing. It comes with a four-conductor hookup cable for various switching options.?

The Vintage Staggered 7-string delivers a deep punchy tone with bright sparkle for single-coil strat guitars, recommended for country, pop, surf, rockabilly, blues, ska, classic rock and any player that wants to marry a vintage sound with the new era of 7-stringed guitars. Its complete with hand-ground Alnico 5 magnets.

The Custom Staggered 7-string pickup provides a distinct vintage tone with greater sustain and full sounding harmonics that cuts through the mix, but cleans up nicely when you back off the volume. Its 6-string counterpart has been championed by countless artists over its long history for its strong, overwound Strat tone, most recently making an appearance on Fenders David Gilmour Signature Series Strat.?

The SHPR-2b P-Rails Hot, delivering the same tonal flexibility as its predecessor, but specifically designed to provide a punchier, more aggressive tone in the bridge position. The P-Rails Hot features a beefed up coil wind and 2 powerful Alnico 8 magnets, which rival ceramic magnets in power but maintain the sweet sustain Alnico is known for. The P-90 coil in the P-Rails Hot is wound with a special wire type, selected for output and clarity.
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NAMM '10 - Brace Audio DWG-1000 Wireless Units

January 14, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM show where he visits the Brace Audio booth.

In this segment, we get introduced to Brace Audio's DWG-1000 wireless units that can range about 100 feet and has a battery life of over 5 hours on AA batteries. Some of the unit's specs; RF Output Power: 16 dbm, Maximum Input Level: 2.75v peak to peak, THD: 2% @ 800 mV pp 1 kHz tone, S/N Ratio: more than 90 dB, Output: 33mm, 1/8 in. mono Jack System gain: 1, Frequency: 2.4 Ghz, FHSS,?Input Impedance: 600K ohm, Operating Power Voltage: 3.0V Typical, Audio Frequency Response: 10 Hz - 15 kHz, Antenna: Internal dome, Units operating at same time: 8-12.
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NAMM '10 - N-Tune Quick String Anchor Bracket

January 14, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location at Anaheim, CA, for NAMM 2010 where he stops by the Brace Audio booth. In this segment, we get to see their latest product, the Quick String, String Anchor Bracket. This brass anchor bracket allows acoustic players to string and (eventually re-string) their guitars without using (and then removing) the bridge pins. The N-Tune folks stated that this product will not to disturb or hinder the sound quality of the guitar.
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Electro-Harmonix Cathedral Stereo Reverb Pedal Review

January 8, 2010
EH''s Cathedral Stereo Reverb is packed with all the reverb options you could ask for with pristine delivery
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Electro-Harmonix V256 Vocoder Pedal Review

January 8, 2010
A fun, diverse tool for guitarists looking to use funky sounds.
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Gear Addiction Recovery, Step 3: What You Value

January 7, 2010
Steve lays down a challenge: tally up your purchases of the past year, see what you haven''t used in six months and clean house.
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Rig Rundown - Megadeth's Dave Mustaine and Chris Broderick

December 23, 2009
PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Davenport, IA, on 12/07/09 where he catches up with Megadeth's guitarists Dave Mustaine and Chris Broderick. In this video segment, both Dave and Chris walk us through their thrash metal setups.

As we all know, Mr. Mustaine uses signature Dean Guitars (with 6-on-a-side) and Marshall power amps and cabs. To keep things simple and preventing from a lot of moving pieces that could break down, they both use DigiTech GSP1101 preamp. The only thing different in Chris Broderick's rig is his guitar, he currently is using a Ibanez Prestige. While Broderick preferes the RG series, he's rolling with the Prestige because of the trem system.

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A DIY Tool for Tuning in Loud Environments

December 22, 2009
Stress no more about tuning acoustic guitars in loud venues. You can make this tool with extra parts you have lying around.
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Sneak Peek: SKB's New PS-8 Pedalboard

December 17, 2009
SKB's 1SKB-PS-8 Powered Pedalboard provides simplicity, durability and ease of use for only $99.99
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Hagstrom Swede Electric Guitar Review

December 17, 2009
The Hagstrom Swede inspires everything from punk to jazz with tons of tones built in at a great price.
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