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Video Review - Soultone 1986ps Bass SuperPlexi

May 14, 2009
PG's Jordan Wagner walks us through his latest review on Soultone's 1986ps Bass SuperPlexi amp. The 1986ps Bass SuperPlexi is based on the tone of Duane Allman found on the Fillmore East gigs. This is a Class A/B 50 watt offering from Soultone that includes 2 EL34 or 6550 power tubes, 3 12AX7/ECC83 preamp tubes, an effects loop with true bypass and Soultone's Power Scaling, which allows a player to dial the wattage from 50W down to 200mW. In addition, this model comes with a Plexi-style two channel option with four inputs and croc-scaled head enclosure. Jordan's signal chain includes a 2006 Gibson Flying V with stock humbuckers,a '63 Nash with Lollar pickups, Egnater 4x12 cab with Celestion V-30 speakers, Elixir cable and ESP MusicCord Power Cord.
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Mesa Boogie Factory Tour - Workshop & Design Room

May 14, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Petaluma, CA, where he tours the Mesa Boogie factory. In this video segment, we get to check out two of Mesa' most important areas; Mesa Founder Randy Smith's workshop and design room. We see all the old prototypes, which have spawned several designs and how Randy designs their plated-through circuit boards with curved lines for various tape widths for connecting all the components on the board.
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Mesa Boogie Factory Tour-Tolex Process & Final QC

May 14, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Petaluma, CA, where he tours the Mesa Boogie factory. In this video segment, we get to see the whole process of applying the Tolex to their cabs, including how Mesa technicians race against the clock before the glue on the Tolex dries. In addition, we check out the final assembly of grills, back compartments and the most sought after position in Petaluma-the technician that test drives all the amps before they leave the factory.
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Mesa Boogie Factory Tour-Custom Woods & Vinyl

May 14, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Petaluma, CA, where he tours the Mesa Boogie factory. In this video segment, we get to see some of Mesa's famous exotic and custom wood selections used for cab and head enclosures. The hardwoods include African ribbon mahogany, bubinga, purple heart, Tasmanian blackwood, imbuya and many more. In addition, we get to check out some of Mesa's custom vinyl coverings including cheetah print, cowhide, snake, croc and for those Cheap Trick and Rick Nielsen fans, checkerboard print.
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Mesa Boogie Factory Tour - Circuit Board Assembly

May 14, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Petaluma, CA, where he tours the Mesa Boogie factory. In this video segment, we check out how Mesa Boogie constructs their circuit boards. We see how the intricate process works, including the use of large machines, both automated and manned, and the "Terminator Machine," which applies molten solder to the circuit board to ensure the components secruity on both sides of the board.
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Mesa Boogie Factory Tour-Assembly & "Hammer Test"

May 14, 2009
http://www.premierguitar.com PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Petaluma, CA, where he tours the Mesa Boogie factory. In this video segment, we get to see the assembly process where the circuit board is checked and inserted into the chassis. In addition, we check out the implementation of transformers and tubes. The video concludes with the Mesa "hammer test" where technicians use the handle of a hammer to recreate drops and damage in the rock world.

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Mesa Boogie Factory Tour - Building Boogie Cabs

May 14, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Petaluma, CA, where he tours the Mesa Boogie factory. In this video segment, we see how Mesa Boogie builds their cabs, including the CNC cutting process, sanding and gluing and why Mesa chooses non-void Russian baltic birch plywood for their cabs.
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Fishman SoloAmp Video Review

May 5, 2009
Gayla Drake Paul demos the Fishman SoloAmp. She plays the all-in-one amp/PA with a Takamine Glenn Frey model at 1st Street Live in Cedar Rapids, IA. She demonstrates the versatility of the amp's tweeder control and the four different reverb settings. The streamlined SoloAmp has a lot to offer for solo, gigging musicians.

Click here to read Matt Wahl's review of the SoloAmp.

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Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin Archtop Video Review

May 5, 2009
Gayla Drake Paul reviews the Godin 5th Avenue Archtop for Premier Guitar magazine. Click here, for the review in the April '09 issue.

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Blue Snowflake, Snowball and Icicle USB Microphone Review

May 4, 2009
Three small, convenient and inexpensive mics for simple home recording
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