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NAMM '10 - TWA Triskelion, Maxon Super Metal Demos

February 8, 2010
PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the NAMM 2010 Show where he visits the Godlyke Distribution booth. In this segment, we get to see and hear new products from Emma Effects, TWA and Maxon.

This years from Emma Effects, we get introduced to the StinkBug, ReezaFRATzitz and PsidiYAUwot. The StinkBug is a classic overdrive. The low and high controls gives a great control of the amount of mids in the pedal. Turn them both down, and the midrange comes out, but without being nasal. Turn them up, and the mids gets slightly scooped, still keeping the sound full and punchy. The PsidiYAUwot is Emma's take on a metal pedal.

The TWA Triskelion is a harmonic energizer that uses vintage Synth technology to re-shape the harmonic structure of the input signal, adding punch, clarity and depth to any guitar tone. The TK-1s specially tuned filter can create glassy clean tones, boost midrange for throaty solos, or tune your rig to the room for a wall of singing, resonant feedback. Massive amp sounds, explosive lead-breaks, infinite sustain, and downright nasty, energy-intense tones are just a few of the uses for the Triskelion.

The Maxon Super Tube Pro is Maxon's salute to the rare and highly collectible "Super Tube Screamer" from the 1980's, the new Maxon ST-9 Pro+ Super Tube takes the basic design elements of that coveted vintage model and brings them into the 21st century. Loosely based on Maxons classic 808 circuit, the ST-9 Pro+ offers a dedicated midrange control that varies the amount of Midrange boost, creating powerful, fat and heavy distortion sounds akin to a full stack amplifier. A mode switch to select from two different diode types allows the user to fine-tune the ST-9 Pro+ for use with single coils or humbuckers, while switchable 9- or 18-volt operation provides increased dynamic headroom and fuller frequency response.

The Maxon Super Metal is based on the cult-classic Super Metal pedal from the 1980's, the new Maxon SM-9 Pro+ packs sufficient firepower to accurately reproduce all the tonal evolutions of metal music over the past 30 years. The SM-9 Pro+ features Gain, Level, Scoop, and Edge controls. Gain simultaneously boosts the 1 kHz midrange band by up to 20 dB as Gain is increased. Scoop is a mid-band elimination filter that is variable between 200 Hz 2 kHz. Edge is a hi-cut shelving filter that cuts hi frequencies from 2 kHz to 15 kHz. The SM-9 Pro+ also features switchable 9 or 18 volt operation, providing sufficient heardroom with minimal compression to handle today's high-output pickups and active electronics.

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NAMM '10 - Yamaha SBG Series, SBG1820, SBG1802

February 4, 2010
PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM Show where he visits the Yamaha Guitars booth. In this segment, we get to see their updated line of SBG Series guitars.

Some of the changes to the beloved SBG Series guitars include, new hardware from Tune-o-matic and the option of having Seymour Duncan or EMG pickups. In addition, Yamaha is now offering new finishes on various models within the SBG series.

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NAMM '10 - Dean Markley CD60 Combo Demo

February 4, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM Show where she visits the Dean Markley booth. In this segment, we get to see and hear a reissue of a 80s Dean Markley amp, the CD60 combo.

The CD60 combo was built by Ultrasound Amps and it is an all tube, two-channel combo. At the heart of the CD60, you'll find three 12AX7 preamp tubes and a power section fueled by two 6L6s, driving a special Celestion 12 Speaker. Foot-switchable Reverb and Overdrive, variable Effects, Send and Return, along with PA-In and Pre-Out jacks complete this feature rich CD amplifier.

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NAMM '10 - Yamaha Rodrigo Y Gabriela Acoustics

February 4, 2010
PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM Show where he visits the Yamaha Guitars booth. In this segment, we get our first peek at the new line of Signature acoustics for Rodrigo Y Gabriela.

The line of Signature acoustics span the spectrum of style and price and built upon the platforms of the NTX and NCX series of guitars. The NTX has a more classical approach and a has a 12th fret joint while the NCX has a more modern approach with thinner bodies and thinner necks and has a 14th fret joint.

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NAMM '10 - VOX Amps AC30 Custom Demo

February 4, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Anaheim, CA for the NAMM 2010 Show where he visits the VOX Amplifiers booth. In this segment, we get to VOX's latest take on everybody's favorite VOX, the AC30.

The new AC30 Custom is based on the classic AC30 design.The Custom Series AC30C2 and AC30C2X offer numerous up-to-date enhancements, delivering the most versatile AC30 design in VOX history.

The AC30C2 and the AC30C2X amps make use of 3 x 12AX7 preamp tubes and use 4 x EL84 tubes to deliver 30 watts of power. The AC30C2 uses two 12" Celestion G12M Greenback speakers. The AC30C2X uses two 12" Celestion Alnico Blues. All models in the Custom Series offer a switchable 8/16 ohm output jack for powering an external speaker cabinet when you need to speak with a little more authority; using this jack will mute the internal speakers. Additionally, a 2nd extension speaker jack allows you to run an extra 16 ohm cabinet along with the internal speakers for a fuller sound.

Also, You can sweeten the sound of your Custom Series amplifier using the VOX Classic Tremolo effect. Both the speed and the depth are adjustable, allowing you to generate just the sound you want. A warm Spring Reverb is also included on all Custom Series amps, adding spaciousness to the sound. The AC30C2 and AC30C2X also include an additional tone control in the Reverb section.

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NAMM '10:Vigier GV Wood P90, Excalibur Kaos & More

February 4, 2010
PG's Chris Kies is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM Show where he swings by the Vigier Guitars booth. In this segment, we get to see their newest offerings for 2010, including the GV Wood P90, the Excalibur Christophe Godin, Excalibur Kaos and the Excess 5-String Bass.

The GV Wood P90 features the 10/90 carbon/wood bolt-on maple neck with a phenowood fretboard. It comes loaded with Amber P90s a new Vigier hard-tail bridge. It has an alder body and flame maple top.

The Excalibur Christophe Godin features the 10/90 carbon/wood bolt-on maple neck with maple fretboard. It comes with DiMarzio Tone Zone/FS1/Chopper (bridge, middle, neck) pickups and it has a Vigier 2011, non-locking trem system that moves on needles bearings.

The Excalibur Kaos is the first reverse headstock Vigier guitar. It features the 10/90 carbon/wood bolt-on maple neck with maple fretboard. It has Amber humbuckers, Vigier 2011, non-locking trem system and a killswitch.

The Excess 5-String Bass and it features the 10/90 carbon/wood bolt-on maple neck with either a maple, rosewood or delta metal fretboard. It has a quick release bridge and has an active singlecoil pickup with a hum-canceling circuit that eliminates the hum usually associated with single-coil pickups to create a true studio-quiet performance: single-coil tone without the hum.

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NAMM '10 - Blackstar Amps HT Stage 60 Demo & More

February 4, 2010
PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM Show where he swings by the Blackstar Amplification booth. In this segment, we get to see and hear from their new series of amps -- the HT Venue Series.

Specifically, we get to hear the HT Stage 60 Combo that is a 60 watt 2x12 combo loaded with two Celestion speakers. The HT Stage 60s selected duet of EL34s deliver 60W of glorious valve power through two high quality Celestion speakers, making for a combo that will deliver every night, even in the most testing live environment. The boutique style clean channel is extremely versatile with two modes British Class-A and dynamic US. Each of the two ISF equipped overdrive channels allows a further two modes. Its controls include the two-Overdrive voicing switches, Presence, Resonance, Digital Reverb with dark/bright switch, Master Volume and it comes with a 4-way footswitch.

The HT Venue Series includes a 20W head, 20W combo, 40W 1x12 combo, 60W 1x12, 60W 2x12, 100W Head, and three extension cabs (1x12, 2x12 and 4x12).

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Widman Custom Electrics T-Master Guitar Review

February 4, 2010
The Widman T-Master looks like a Tele, but sounds a bit more versatile.
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