December 2016

Articles by Shawn Hammond

Quick Hit: Cusack Screamer V2

November 29, 2016
Three clipping modes and no mid hump take this three-knobber way beyond typical TS tones.
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Tuning Up: Let’s Acknowledge the Caveman in the Room

November 20, 2016
PG chief editor Shawn Hammond on why it’s time to move beyond dominant-male guitar lingo.
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Tuning Up: Vocal Cords—the Final Guitar Frontier?

October 24, 2016
You’ve spent your life learning from 6- and 4-string idols. Now it’s time to listen to the singer.
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Quick Hit: Coppersound Telegraph Stutter

October 16, 2016
Much more than a cute homage to Samuel Morse, the Stutter frees your hands to deliver stunning sound blasts that no kill switch can conjure.
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Episode 7 - Gear-Theft Horror Stories

October 10, 2016
In the latest Conversations in the Key of Life podcast, Esoterica Electrica columnist/Hamer Guitars cofounder Jol Dantzig recounts the theft of the first Hamer bass, and PG fan Caleb Keeter recalls his double-whammy nightmare.
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Toetags Electronics Toe Bender MkII Review

September 22, 2016
Uncommon touch-sensitivity and the ability to go beefy or splatty make this classic Sola Sound homage a fuzz buzz worth seeking out.
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Tuning Up: Stop #&@#-ing Starbucking Us, Man!

September 19, 2016
PG’s Shawn Hammond on moving beyond groupthink and cyclical fads.
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Episode 6 - Guitar Teachers Who Go Above & Beyond

September 13, 2016
PG reader Dustin Wallace and special guest John Bohlinger pay homage to instructors who made a huge impact on their musical lives.
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Tuning Up: Screw “5 Things Every Guitarist Should Do” Lists

August 18, 2016
PG chief editor Shawn Hammond on why guitar-playing listicles are bad-news bears that push his filthy-mouth buttons.
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Episode 5 – Calling Random Swedes

August 1, 2016
CITKOL host Shawn Hammond calls Sweden's "national phone number" to ask random Swedish guitarists the same five questions.
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EVH 5150 III LBX Review

July 26, 2016
Make way for a pint-sized behemoth that’ll wow both Van Halen fans and purveyors of more aggressive styles.
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Quick Hit: Red Panda Bitmap

July 24, 2016
Pedestrian meets provocative in this flexibly glitchy box with expression-pedal control.
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SNAMM '16 - East Amplification Duality Series Demos

July 22, 2016
PG's Ask Amp Man debuts a whole new line of tube amps that are available in a 20-, 30-, 40- and 50-watt versions.
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SNAMM '16 - Outlaw Effects Lasso Looper, Six Shooter Tuner, & Iron Horse Power Tuner Demos

July 21, 2016
Get hip to a handful of new utility items required for any pedalboard.
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SNAMM '16 - Hungry Robot Pedals the Wash & the Kármán Line Demos

July 21, 2016
The Iowa-based company shows off two delays—one for the ambient player and one that has a modulating joystick that dives into oscillation madness.
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SNAMM '16 - Ironess Pedals the Woodsman & the Charcuterie Demos

July 20, 2016
The Clarksville, Tennessee, shop makes its first trade-show appearance with a new distortion and fuzz.
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SNAMM '16 - EVH 5150IIIS EL34 Demo

July 20, 2016
Eddie gets another monster head—this one is loaded with EL34s.
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SNAMM '16 - Jackson Guitars Scott Ian King V KVT, SLAT7-FF, & SLAT8-FF Demos

July 20, 2016
Learn about some new extended-range instruments and get the scoop on the new signature axe for Anthrax's head thrasher.
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SNAMM '16 - Atomic Amps Amplifire Demo

July 19, 2016
It's small enough for the front pocket of your gigbag, but powerful enough to replace your amp and stompboxes.
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SNAMM '16 - BA Ferguson Grifter Classic Demo

July 18, 2016
The handmade shop shows off a lower-priced alternative that still rocks and rolls.
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