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NAMM '10 - Gretsch Guitars Eddie Cochran Model

January 15, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for NAMM 2010 where she visits the Gretsch Guitars booth. In this segment, we get to check out their latest model from the Gretsch Custom Shop, the G6120EC Eddie Cochran Tribute Model.

During his all-too brief life and career, Eddie Cochran (1938-1960) only ever owned and played one main electric guitar, an orange Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins hollow-body he bought brand-new in 1955 at age 16 from the Bell Gardens Music Center in his hometown, Bell Gardens, CA. The guitar bore the serial number 16942, and his parents helped him buy it. A sharp young guitarist who was particular about his sound and knowledgeable about guitar design and modification, Cochran hot-rodded his Gretsch with a warmer-sounding dog ear neck pickup.

Virtually indistinguishable from the original, the Gretsch Custom Shop G6120EC Eddie Cochran Tribute model is authentic in every detail, from the aluminum nut and bridge to the famous dog ear neck pickup; from the distressed vintage orange nitrocellulose lacquer finish to the relic gold-plated hardware and Bigsby? B6GPVF vibrato tailpiece.

Its features include a bound laminated maple body and arched top, a specially shaped three-piece maple/walnut/maple neck with a 22-fret 9-radius bound rosewood fingerboard, a Seymour Duncan? Dog Ear single-coil neck pickup, a Seymour Duncan? DynaSonic? single-coil bridge pickup, three-way switching, rosewood bridge base, vintage-style gold Gotoh? SE700-05M tuners, modified plexi pickguard, western block fingerboard inlays (depicting cactus, steer heads and fences), lower body bout G brand, and pearloid steer head/Gretsch logo inlay on the bound headstock.

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NAMM '10 - Marshall JMD: 1 100 Watt Demo

January 15, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for NAMM 2010 where he swings by the Marshall Amplification booth. In this segment, we get our first test drive on the JMD: 1 Series 100 Watt head.

The JMD: 1 Series is a hybrid amp that has 16 digital preamps and 4-EL34 power tubes. It features a modulation FX, delay, reverb, noise gate, serial and parallel FX loop, footcontroller and MIDI In and Thru options.

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NAMM '10 - VOX Amps AGA70 Acoustic Amp Demo

January 15, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for NAMM 2010 where he visits the VOX Amps booth. In this segment, we get introduced into the AGA70 Acoustic Amp.

The AGA70 two-channel (Normal and Tube Pre equipped with a 12AU7 vacuum tube) amp. Each channel offers two inputs: Guitar (phone) and Mic (XLR), Lo-Z and Hi-Z level switch on each input; Mic inputs can provide phantom power. The controls include Bass, Middle, Treble (on each channel) and a Color feature that provides convenient single-knob control of the overall sound, emphasizing a wide range of performance techniques from picking arpeggios to strumming chords. Also, it has a DI output (balanced XLR), which is available for using the AGA with a larger sound system; a tuner output is also provided.

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Media Preview February 2010

January 14, 2010
Queen: The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock, Let It Bleed: The Rolling Stones, Altamont, and the End of the Sixties, Jimi Hendrix Gear, Thin Lizzy – Are You Ready?, Billy Idol – In Super Overdrive Live, ZZ Top – Double Down Live
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To Boldly Go...(Where No Guitar Has Gone Before)

January 14, 2010
Looking beyond the more common alternative materials to see what the future might hold.
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Cassandra Elk Designs Vootar

January 14, 2010
Designed by Klaus Voorman (Beatles Revolver cover) and sporting eight strings, the Vootar is unlike any we''ve ever seen.
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So, What Would Kevin Do (Part 2)

January 14, 2010
Kevin discusses his outlook on purchasing as bass player
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The Blender Stratocaster

January 14, 2010
How to set up your Strat so that you can blend all of the pickups using just the volume knob
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Quidley 22 Amp Review

January 14, 2010
The Quidley 22 packs a lot of features in a low-wattage amp.
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Get To Know Your Bass Amp, Part 2

January 14, 2010
More steps to become acquainted with your bass amp: improving your cables, balancing your levels, and backing off the EQ.
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