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January 15

Gear

Fritz Brothers Rat Bastard Electric Guitar Review

May 20, 2009
The Fritz Rat Bastard employs mini-humbuckers for a nice variety of sounds
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Cornford Roadhouse 30 Combo Amp Review

May 20, 2009
The Cornford Roadhouse 30 is a portable, affordable option for rock
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Grosh Guitars '59 Spec Set Neck Model

May 20, 2009
Don Grosh Set Neck model - on Gear Search now
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Video Review - Fender Custom '57 Twin-Amp

May 20, 2009
G's Bob Goffstein walks us through his latest review on the Fender Custom '57 Twin-Amp. This reissue is based on the '57 manufactured by Fender's Custom Shop, but features a few changes thrown in versatility's sake. The transformers and choke were built by Mercury Magnetics Company. The '57 includes four Sovtek 12AX7WCs, relabeled Groove Tubes 12AX7R, two Groove Tubes-6L6GE and two Electro Harmonix 5U4GB rectifiers. The speakers are 12" Eminence Alnicos designed by Ted Weber of Weber VST. In addition, this '57 reissue comes with separate Bright and Normal channels, each with its own preamp circuit, separate Volume controls and two jacks, followed by Treble, Bass and Presence controls that are common to both channels.
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Video Review-Takamine Glenn Frey Signature EF360GF

May 20, 2009
PG's Gayla Drake Paul leads us through her latest review on the Takamine Glenn Frey Signature EF360GF. This Takamine guitar is based off a guitar acquired by Glenn Frey in 1994 with the only differences being the back and sides on his signature model are solid rosewood rather than laminated and it features a little GF logo on the headstock. In addition, the EF360GF features Takamine's proprietary onboard electronics. The neck is said to feel like a Les Paul and is 1-11/16" wide.
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Video Review - Flaxwood Liekki

May 19, 2009
PG's Pat Smith walks us through his latest review of Flaxwood's Liekki ("flame" in Finnish). The Liekki features a body built from flaxwood materials and also includes a flaxwood resonating back plate. It also comes with Seymour Duncan SP90 Vintage Soapbar pickups, Schaller LP Tremolo, Celluloid inlays and Gotoh tuners.

Pat runs through the different pickup selections and shows that the Liekki has a palette of tones and it can cater to several playing styles. In addition, the Flaxwood Liekki won a "Premier Gear Award," so check out the full review in PG's June issue.

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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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