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Build It and They Will Come

April 15, 2010
Sorting through old stompboxes to build a new board
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1969 Fender Thinline Telecaster

April 15, 2010
A refinished fiesta red Thinline
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Knaggs Guitars

April 15, 2010
Storied luthier Joe Knaggs launches his new high-end guitar company. Here''s the story on the past, present and future of Knaggs Guitars.
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Jaguar Junior Amp Review

April 15, 2010
Jaguar knocks it out of the park again with the 17-watt, Class A Junior
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Freekish Blues Freek Out!, Coily Fuzz and Betty Boost Pedal Reviews

April 15, 2010
Freekish Blues pedals marry vintage designs with unique twists and tongue-in-cheek humor
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Wilkins Guitars WJZ Classic Electric Guitar Review

April 15, 2010
Wilkins WJZ is a Jazzmaster-styled custom guitar from a guitar industry veteran
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Focusrite Saffire PRO 24 DSP FireWire Audio Interface Review

April 15, 2010
The Saffire PRO 24 DSP is a useful recording interface for medium-sized recording needs.
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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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