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LA Amp Show: Nolatone CL-15, CL-30, 22 Tango Demos

October 13, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Van Nuys, CA, for the 2009 LA Amp Show where he swings by the Nolatone Ampworks booth. In this video segment, we get to see and hear from Nolatone's CL-15, 22 Tango and CL-30 combo amps (all available in heads).

The CL-15 is a 22 watt amp with 2-6V6 tubes, GZ34 rectifier tube and 3-12AX7 preamp tubes. The combo comes loaded with a Celestion Vintage 30.

The CL-15 and CL-30 are the same amp except the CL-30 uses a Celestion Alnico Gold, while the CL-15 uses a Celestion Alnico Blue. They come with the option of switching input tubes between EF86 or 12AX7. They come with 2-EL84 power tubes (CL-30 has four) and EZ81(CL-15), GZ34(CL-30) rectifier tubes. Both designs are based on '60s Voxs, but with more girth and possible crunch appeal with a Mercury Magnetics transformer.

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LA Amp Show '09 - Satellite Amps Nveus Demo

October 13, 2009
PG's Oscar Jordan is On Location in Van Nuys, CA, for the 2009 LA Amp Show where he checks out the Satellite Amps booth. In this segment, we get to see and hear Satellite's newest amp, the Nveus.

The Nveus is a 7 watt head (also available as a combo) that can run any octo-based tubes. The demo model in this video came loaded with 3 tubes (a preamp, a 6V6 power tube and 5Y3 rectifier tube). Adam said he's also made Nveus models with EL34s and solid state rectifiers for more gain. Also, the Satellite cabinet used in the demo is a 2x10 loaded with Celestion 10" Greenbacks.

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LA Amp Show '09 - Channing Amps CL30 & CL45 Demos

October 13, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Van Nuys, CA, for the 2009 LA Amp Show where he visits the Channing Amps booth. In this segment, we get to see and hear from both Channing's offerings, the CL30 and CL45 heads.

The CL30 is a hand-built 30 watt head with 4-EL84 power tubes. The two preamp channels (EF86 channel available as an option), tube rectifier, Mercury Magnetics transformers, custom Unified Turret Board construction, 2-pan chassis design for preamp shielding and can come with an optional international voltage select power entry module (North America, UK, Europe).

The CL45 is 45 watt head (used by Jeff Beck) with 2-EL34, 2-6L6 power tubes. It also features two preamp channels (normal, bright), tube rectifier (solid state optional), Mercury Magnetics transformers, custom Unified Turret Board construction, 2-pan chassis design for preamp shielding and can come with an international voltage select power entry module (North America, UK, Europe).

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LA Amp Show '09 - Kelemen Amps Raven Demo

October 13, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Van Nuys, CA, for the 2009 LA Amp Show where he stops by and checks out what's new with Kelemen Amps. In this video segment, we get to see Kelemen's Raven and Road Runner heads, but more importantly we get to hear a demo of the Raven.

The Raven is an all tube amplifier designed for guitarists that want switchable clean and saturated tones from a single amplifier. Any guitarist can command an array of musical textures with this hand-built instrument. The power section is cathode biased and can allow a guitarist to have a variety of different power tubes. High quality matched power tubes such as; 6V6's, 6L6's, EL34's, KT66'setc can be plugged in without re-biasing.

The amplifier has two completely separate channels that are foot switchable. The switching relay is placed outside of the signal path & does not affect the tone.

Channel 1 is on the cleaner side, but can create some rich, overdriven tones, too. However, if you want more crunch, channel 2 delivers the thick and creamy distortion.

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Are You a Gear Addict?

October 13, 2009
Read Steve''s list of 15 signs of gear addiction, and share your own.
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Experience PRS: David Grissom Demos New PRS Amps

October 9, 2009
SORRY VIEWERS, BUT THE HAND MIC (SM58) SHORTED OUT, BUT THE AMPS STILL SOUND KILLER. PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Stevensville, MD, where he attends Experience PRS. In this video segment, he talks with PRS guitarist David Grissom and PRS Amp builder Doug Sewell about the new PRS Amp offerings - Sweet 16, 30 and Original Sewell. Cut in throughout the interview are clips of David testing the amps for the first time, dialing up some times and using several different pickup, amp and cabinet configurations. Watch and see how a pro test drives some amps for the first time as the builder/designer nervously sits off in the wings.
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Experience PRS: Paul Reed Smith Interview

October 9, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Stevensville, MD, where he sits down with Paul Reed Smith. In this video segment, we get to hear from Paul Reed Smith about discontinuing over 10 models of guitars, the new 25th Anniversary line of guitars, PRS Amps (Sweet 16, 30 and Anniversary) and the Narrow Field pickups. We even get to hear and see Paul demo the Narrow Field pickups through their newest amp head, the 50 watt Anniversary.
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Experience PRS: How To Build An Acoustic

October 7, 2009
PG's On Location in Stevensville, MD, where we drop in on Experience PRS. In this video segment, we get a tour of the PRS Acoustic Workshop by PRS President Jack Higginbotham and master luthier Steve Fischer. They walk us through the several meticulous steps that PRS goes through in order to provide high-quality, handmade unique acoustic guitars. As you can see, each finished acoustic guitar has its own voice and distinct tone. Check out the video and see why and how it all happens.
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Experience PRS: Private Stock Wood Tour

October 7, 2009
PG's On Location in Stevensville, MD, where they hang out at the Experience PRS event. In this video segment, we get to tour PRS' Private Stock wood pile. While there are all the usual suspects when it comes to high-grade tonewoods (quilted maple, flame maple, variations of rosewood and cocobolo) but there is a special, one-off piece. It is a piece that was combined by nature which is half quilted maple and half flame maple. Mother nature seems to be looking out for tone-hounds, too.
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Reinhardt Willard Pedal Review

October 2, 2009
The Willard is a high-gain distortion that channels old big-box Rat pedals
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