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NAMM '11 - Ernie Ball Music Man Game Changer Demo

January 19, 2011
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location at the 2011 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, where she visits the Ernie Ball Music Man booth. In this segment, we get a thorough walk-through of their revolutionary new guitar--the Game Changer. The Game Changer fundamentally changes the guitar player's experience. Rather than relying on pre-set pickup configurations traditionally provided by instrument manufacturers, The Game Changer gives guitarists unrestricted access to a vast library of tones via a true analog pickup switching system. Available on select Music Man Reflex models, this patent-pending system electronically rewires a guitar or bass instantly, combining any order of pickup coils in series, parallel, and in or out of phase to create tones unique to the individual creating them. Imagine having complete tonal control of your instrument with more than 250,000 pickup configurations*, without rewiring anything. With The Game Changer, the audio signal is never digitized or modeled in any way, providing a transparent analog signal path for the absolute purist. In conjunction with The Game Changer website, musicians can also create, save and share their tonal selections with other players from around the world.
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NAMM '11 - Mesa/Boogie Royal Atlantic RA-100 Demo

January 18, 2011
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location at the 2011 NAMM Show where she swings by the Mesa/Boogie booth. In this segment, we get our first demo of the Royal Atlantic 100 RA-100. Packing 100 watts of EL34 Brit-voiced attitude, this Royal Atlantic takes everything you love about Fullerton and Liverpool and brings it all together with rich, chest-thumping high gain in Mesa's traditional manner. The RA 100 also features their revolutionary new Channel Assignable Power Soaks that will redefine for you the concept of Power Expression and put you in total command of playing volume independent of power clip. Dial up a preamp sound in each of the Modes and crank in the perfect amount of power saturation at the right volume - and footswitch between them seamlessly Specifications: - All-Tube Amplifier: 4xEL-34 (or 6L6's), 7x12AX7 - Proprietary Multi-Soak™, Channel Assignable Power Attenuator provides each channel with a 5-position power attenuation switch (-16db, -12db, -8db, -4db & 0db) for Power Ratings ranging from 3 Watts to 100 Watts of Class A/B Power - Bias Select Switch (6L6/EL34) - Fixed Bias for Consistent, Maintenance Free Performance 2 Channels, 3 Footswitchable Modes Each mode with Independent Channel Master & Multi-Soak Power Controls (Multi-Soak Controls on back panel) - Channel 1 (Clean) features: Gain, Treble, Mid, Bass, Master & Multi-Soak (on back panel) - Channel 2 (Footswitchable Vintage Lo-Gain & Vintage Hi-Gain Modes) features: Gain, Treble, Mid, Bass, Master-Lo, Master-Hi, Multi-Soak Lo & Multi-Soak Hi (on back panel) - All-Tube, Long Spring Reverb with Auto Reverb Defeat Switch for Vintage Hi or Vintage Hi & Lo Modes ("Defeat" removes Reverb from selected mode/modes -- "On" applies Reverb to all Modes) - Reverb Hard-Bypass Switch removes entire Reverb Circuit from amp (all modes) - Fully Buffered FX Loop w/Automatic Hard-Bypass, which completely removes itself when not in use - Slave Out w/Level Control - External Switching Jacks for Vintage Low/Hi (Clean is default) - 22" Aluminum Chassis - 2 Button Footswitch (Clean, Vintage Low/Hi)
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NAMM '11 - TC Electronic Tone Prints Demos

January 18, 2011
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location at the 2011 NAMM Show where he visits the TC Electronic booth. In this segment, we get a demo of the new line of TC Electronic effects--the Tone Print stompboxes. These new pedals -- Corona Chorus, Flashback Delay & Looper, Vortex Flanger, Shaker Vibrato and Hall of Fame Reverb -- deliver tones right out of the box and feature a true bypass and analog-dry-through design that guarantees maximum tonal integrity and ultimate clarity. A small footprint, easy battery access and super high-grade components complete these awesome pedals. In short, they combine simplicity and flexibility with unrivaled sound quality. All these new pedals feature a new concept called 'TonePrint' that gives users instant access to the sounds of their favorite guitar heroes. A TonePrint isn't just a static preset, it's a complete re-tuning of the pedal including the sound and how the pots react -- everything that makes a pedal unique. TC Electronic has collaborated with some guitarists in the world -- such as John Petrucci, Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal, Joe Perry, Orianthi and Doug Aldrich -- to create the first batch of TonePrints, but that's just the beginning. The list of contributing artists will expand massively in the future. A simple USB cable connects these pedals to any PC or Mac for the actual Tone Transfusion. Each pedal is capable of holding one TonePrint at a time, but the concept is unlimited as users can swap TonePrints as many times as they want. All of these custom made TonePrints can be downloaded at TC Electronic's website -- it's easy, fast and totally free!
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NAMM '11 - Marshall AFD100 Slash Signature Head

January 18, 2011
PG's Chris Kies is On Location at the 2011 NAMM Show where he visits the Marshall Amplification booth. In this segment, we get our first taste of the new Slash AFD100 Signature Head. Using the original AFD master recordings, Slash and Marshall painstakingly worked together to replicate his AFD sound. "This is an idea I've had for quite some time," the guitarist reveals. "So many fans have been trying to duplicate that sound. I thought, 'who better than to really perfect it other than Marshall?' We spent a lot of time together developing this amp. We stripped a couple of guitar tracks off the original AFD masters and basically got in there with a fine tooth comb so we could suss out exactly what made that sound the way that it was." After countless hours and several prototypes, the AFD100 was born with two distinct, footswitchable modes labeled #34 and AFD, both offering 100% pure Slash sounds. The first is based on the modified JCM800 2203 he's used since the late '80s and had "34" stenciled on the side, hence the "#34" name. The second is, of course, pure, unadulterated AFD. "We used 'Night Train' as one of the man reference tracks and the amp sounds just like it." Slash concludes. "I think we've been totally successful!" The amp boasts a mixture of both traditional and modern Marshall aesthetics -- a unique blend of Plexi, JCM800 and Silver Jubilee cosmetics. In addition to its dual, footswitchable modes, the AFD100 also has the following features: - Two inputs -- high and low sensitivity - Built in Electronic Power Attenuation. Controlled by a front-panel knob, this allows you to adjust the amp's output from 100% to 0.01%, and anywhere in-between, without sacrificing the tone and feel of those all-important power valves. - Footswitchable* Series FX loop with Return Level control. - Valve Fault Indicator: meaning that if one of the output valves develops a fault, a visual indicator on the rear of the amplifier shows which one is working incorrectly. This "roadie friendly feature" will save valuable time getting the amplifier back up and running again, should a valve issue occur. - Auto-Bias & Bias Current Trimmer to ensure correct power valve biasing and optimal valve life and function
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NAMM '11 - TV Jones P-90 Pickup Mounts and More

January 18, 2011
PG's Chris Kies is On Location at the 2011 NAMM Show where he swings by the TV Jones booth. In this segment, we get to hear from TV Jones' Tom Jones about some new accessories for his P-90 pickups and Model 10 guitars. Now available, TV Jones is offering a mounting package that allows players to put TV Jones P-90s into a Gretsch guitar without ripping into the guitar's top. And new for the Model 10 guitars are new pickguard materials and colors.
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NAMM '11 Fishman Fission Bass Powerchord FX Demo

January 18, 2011
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location at the 2011 NAMM Show where he swings by the Fishman booth. In this segment, we check out their newest stompbox created for bassists--the Fission Bass Powerchord FX. Fission Bass lets any bassist lay down beds of power by adding stacked harmonies over their bass lines. Through an intuitive set of controls and footswitches, several combinations of octaves, 4th and 5th above the root note combine to produce powerchords or octave-up effects. The four footswitch LEDs give you visible indication of the selected harmony. When the effect is off, the LEDs dim making it easy to set up a harmony before you kick on the chord. It's also a multi-effect pedal with up to 3 voices of harmony, adjustable noise gate, overdrive, tone and effect level. This power-effect combo gives you creative control over anything from subtle octaves to thick, grinding effects that even your guitar player will envy. Housed in a lightweight, yet sturdy metal enclosure, Fission Bass uses state-of-the-art 32-bit signal processing and 24-bit audio conversion. Its monophonic input accepts a wide range of pickups. The mix output is perfect for single amp operation and an effect-only output for feeding a dedicated guitar amp. Featues: * Creates stacked harmonies above the root note: o Octave up o 4th & Octave up o Octave & 5th up o Octave up, 5th up & 2nd octave up * Unique footswitch LEDs let you 'see' the harmony before you kick it on * Noise Gate control * Overdrive control * Tone control * Effect Level control
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NAMM '11 - Bogner Mephisto & Panama Demos

January 18, 2011
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location at the 2011 NAMM Show where she swings by the Bogner Amplification booth. In this segment, we get our first demos of the Mephisto and Panama amps. The Mephisto is two amps in one--loaded with two 6V6 and two EL84 tubes. Play each channel separately or blend them together for a unique sound. With both channels cranked, it pushes about 25 watts and has built in attenuation. In addition, the Panama goes falls in line with Bogner's International line of amps. This model is a 6V6-loaded, 4-watt bedroom monster with plenty of gain for any style of player.
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NAMM '11 - Fender 60th Anniversary P Bass

January 17, 2011
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location at the 2011 NAMM Show where she visits the Fender booth. In this segment, we get to see and hear about the 60th Anniversary P Bass. Introduced in 1951, the Precision Bass was the world's first successful solid-body electric bass guitar; an instrument that revolutionized popular music so thoroughly that it even created a new kind of musician—the electric bassist. Sixty years later it is still the first word in electric bass and an essential and indispensable instrument in the hands of bass players worldwide. The 60th Anniversary Precision Bass embodies six decades of Fender bass legacy in a collectible U.S.-made instrument. Features include an ash body with Blackguard Blonde thin-skin lacquer finish, maple neck and fretboard with modern 9.5" radius and medium jumbo frets, vintage Precision Bass split single-coil pickup, black pickguard, high-mass vintage bridge, knurled control knobs, modern tuners, commemorative neckplate and Fender/SKB molded case.
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NAMM '11 - DBZ Guitars Imperial Aliento & Royale

January 17, 2011
PG's Andy Ellis is On Location at the 2011 NAMM Show where he visits the DBZ Guitars booth. In this segment, we get to check out the Imperial Aliento and the Royale models. The Imperial Aliento features: a Set Neck/24.75" scale mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard• mahogany/maple semi-hollow body • Z/Diamond Inlays • scrape binding • USA DBZ Signature Pickups • Vol/Tone/3-Way • Sperzel tuners • satin nickel hardware The Royale features: Set Neck/24.75" • flame maple body • maple neck w/ Z-Glide option • ebony Fingerboard • 22 Frets • Z/Diamond Inlays • Scrape Binding • USA DBZ Signature pickups • Vol/Tone/3-Way • Sperzel tuners • gold hardware The Z-Glide guitar necks, which will be available as an option on DBZ USA Custom Shop Guitars, utilize a surface designed to let your hand glide effortlessly up and down the neck. Dean Zelinsky's Z-Glide necks eliminate the sticky/clammy feeling gloss lacquered necks are known to produce. Invented by company founder Dean Zelinsky, the revolutionary Z-Glide guitar neck is achieved by precisely engraving carefully tested patterns into the back of the neck which reduce surface area while trapping moisture and sweat. The result is an ultra fast neck with a consistent, silky-smooth feel. "This is likely the first real breakthrough in guitar design in many years", explained Dean B. Zelinsky, CEO of DBZ Guitars. "No other company has aggressively addressed the surface feel of guitar necks. For other companies, satin or un-finished necks is the "solution" and has been for years...but neither satin or un-finished comes close to what the Z-Glide achieves in feel and playability. I believe the protection the finish provides is important which was part of the inspiration of developing the Z-Glide neck...the magic happens underneath the finish," concluded Zelinsky.
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NAMM '11 - Fender Road Worn Player Series Demos

January 17, 2011
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location at the 2011 NAMM Show where she visits the Fender booth. In this segment, we get our first demo of the Road Worn Player Series' Strat and Tele. All three new Road Worn Player Series guitars—Road Worn Player Series Stratocaster, Road Worn Player Series Stratocaster HSS and Road Worn Player Series Telecaster—feature an alder body with a lightly worn lacquer finish, modern "C"-shaped maple neck with a lightly worn urethane finish, three-ply pickguard, aged knobs and switch tip, and deluxe gig bag. The Road Worn Player Series Stratocaster has a maple fretboard with 9.5" radius and medium jumbo frets, Texas Special single-coil pickups, five-way switching, and vintage-style synchronized tremolo bridge. The Road Worn Player Series Stratocaster HSS has a rosewood fretboard with 9.5" radius and medium jumbo frets, Texas Special neck and middle pickups, Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates humbucking bridge pickup, five-way switching, and vintage-style synchronized tremolo bridge. The Road Worn Player Series Telecaster has a maple fretboard with 9.5" radius and medium jumbo frets, Tex Mex single-coil bridge pickup and Seymour Duncan '59 humbucking neck pickup, three-way switching, and Road Worn six-saddle strings-through-body bridge.
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