Magnatone Giveawya

August Issue

Gear

Diamond Amplification-Spitfire II & Phantom Demos

June 9, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Houston, TX, where he visits the Diamond Amplification factory. In this video segment, we get to hear two of Diamond's flagship heads; Phantom and Spitfire II. The 100-watt Phantom comes with 4-Svetlana Winged C EL34 and 6-12AX7 tubes. In addition, the front panel features two fully independent channels with Volume, Gain, Bass, Middle, Treble, Presence controls. It also comes with a 2-button footswitch, tube-driven effects loop and a "low focus switch on the rear panel. The low focus switch provides 3 positions low, mid, high. Moving from low to high, the player gets to focus the low end, tailored to his/her needs, with low end increasing relative to the highs allowing for more low end with more focus.
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Blankenship Amps - Carry-On Demo

June 9, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Houston, TX, where we get our first look at Blankenship Amps' new 21-watt Carry-On head. This little sucker fits within all FAA regulations and can be taken as... well, a Carry-On. But don't let the size of this little fella fool ya, as it packs a punch and can easily power 2-4x12 Diamond Amplification cabinets (as seen in this video). The Carry-On comes with 2-12AX7, 2-EL84 and 1-6CA4 rectifier. The front panel is easy to operate as it only has two control knows; Tone and Volume.
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Diamond & Blankenship - New Partnership, New Amps

June 8, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Houston, TX, where he visits the Diamond/Blankeship Amps factory. In this video segment, we hear from Diamond Amps' Jeff Diamant and Terry Martin and Blankenship Amps' founder Roy Blankenship talk to us about their newly formed partnership. Both companies will retain their name and own projects, but Jeff Diamant did say that this alliance will breed new vintage-esque Diamond-style amps, including the Diamond's Balinese and Del Fuego models, both low-wattage amp offerings. In addition, we hear about the birth of this partnership and what we can expect from both companies in the future.
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Blankenship Amps - Roy Blankenship's Workshop

June 8, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Houston, TX, where he visits the Diamond/Blankenship factory. In this video segment, we get an exclusive look at Roy Blankenship's workshop where he does all the hand-wiring for his Blankenship amps. We get to check out all his tools, some vintage amps he's collected over the years doing repairs, old-school tubes and we even get to see Roy 'populate a board.'
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IK Multimedia AmpliTube Fender Modeling Software Review

June 4, 2009
AmpliTube Fender puts vintage Fender amps at the click of a mouse
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Rig Rundown - Testament's Alex Skolnick

June 3, 2009
PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Chicago, IL, backstage at the House of Blues where he catches up with one of Testament's guitarists, Alex Skolnick. In this video segment, we hear from Alex about his collaboration with Heritage Guitars out of Kalamazoo, MI, as they are in the final stages on completing his signature guitar, which features Skolnick's John Hancock on the headstock, mahogany body, maple top and Seymour Duncan '59 Jeff Beck humbuckers. In addition to talking about his ongoing relationship with Heritage, he walks us through his live rig for the current Testament tour, which includes a Marshall Mode 4 Head, MXR EVH Phase 90, Boss DD-20 Giga Delay and a Moollon signal boost.
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Orange Upgrade, Part 2

June 3, 2009
Tim finishes is AD200 project with component selection and installation, then fires it up to hear his work
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Top 10 Tips for Buying an Amp

May 28, 2009
Which amp is right for you? This list will help you decide.
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Specimen Products - Tube Amp Building Seminar

May 27, 2009
Premier Guitar is On Location in Chicago, IL, where we visit Specimen Products and the Chicago School of Guitar Making. In this video segment, we take an inside look at their "Tube Amplifier Building Workshop," by featuring clips of students working in the lab, first-hand testimonial and finished product demos that are said to be based on old Fender Tweed Champ and 18-watt Marshall circuits. As the video illustrates, each student is given a workstation, all necessary tools and amp kits provided by Mojo Music.

Click here for Chris Burgess' feature article on the Tube Amp Building Seminar with photo gallery.

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Rig Rundown - 311's Tim Mahoney

May 27, 2009
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Iowa City, IA, where she catches up with 311's guitarist, Tim Mahoney and they talk all things gear. In this video segment, Tim walks us through his live rig including, his various PRS, Gibson and Ibanez guitar models. In addition, we get to check out his Diamond amps and cabinets and his "party board," which includes over 15 effects (Mutron II, Boomerang phrase sampler, Memory Man).
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