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Doc's Ol' Hoss: 1968 Gallagher G-50

June 17, 2009
Doc Watson’s first Gallagher, “Ol’hoss,” was presented to him in 1968. A G-50 model with a cracked side, it was never intended for sale, but Doc fell in love with
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EWS Fuzzy Drive FD-1 Pedal Review

June 11, 2009
The Fuzzy Drive goes way beyond fuzz as a versatile box of effects
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Rig Rundown - Testament's Eric Peterson

June 9, 2009
PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Chicago, IL, at the House of Blues where he catches up with Testament's Eric Peterson. In this Rig Rundown segment, we check out Eric's new signature Dean 'V' which features Testament's first logo (dating back to pre-Testament, when they were known as Legacy). In addition, Eric talks to us about scalloping his own guitar, the limited amount effects he uses and his latest amp choice for their most recent studio effort.

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How To Build A Diamond Amp Pt. 1

June 9, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Houston, TX, where he visits the Diamond Amplification factory. In this video segment, Diamond Amplification founder/owner Jeff Diamant walks us through the process of hooking up the circuit board, installing the board into the chassis, final assembly and where Diamond employees spend a lot of time jamming on all their amps. In addition, we get to check out some of Diamond's history as Jeff shows off some of the first Diamond heads ever made.
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How To Build A Diamond Amp Pt. 2 - Cabs, QC

June 9, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Houston, TX, where he visits the Diamond Amplification factory. In the second installment, we get to check out not only how Diamond cabs, heads and now road-cases are hand-built, but also how they break in their speaker cabs prior to shipping them out. In addition, we get to see and hear the final QC on one of Diamond's finished heads.

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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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