August

Articles by Shawn Hammond

Schecter PT Fastback II B Review

January 11, 2015
This affordable T-style boasts impressive extras and extraordinary build quality.
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Tuning Up: 2 + 2 = 5 (or “The Formula to Avoid Being Formulaic”)

January 5, 2015
PG’s chief editor theorizes a wacky equation that puts a happy face on Orwell’s math.
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Tuning Up: Nip It in the Bud (No Excuses and No Regrets)

December 8, 2014
Our aspirations so often die a long, slow death by procrastination, perfectionism, and/or self-delusion. Here's what we can do about it.
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Quick Hit: Blackstar FLY 3

December 5, 2014
A mean little practice amp that streets under $75 and includes an onboard delay.
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Quick Hit: EWS Little Fuzzy Drive

November 16, 2014
A solidly built, dual-mode stomp that packs explosive dB levels and corpulent fuzz into a tiny box.
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Tuning Up: It’s Okay to Get in the Magic Van

November 10, 2014
How do you know when you’re rehashing the past rather than recapturing its essence?
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Gretsch G5620T-CB Electromatic Review

October 19, 2014
A Gretsch semi-hollow for high-gain fiends.
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Tuning Up: The Most Underused Effect in Your Arsenal?

October 13, 2014
Next time you find yourself lusting after yet another piece of gear, try this experiment.
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Quick Hit: Nordstrand NVT A3 Pickups

October 12, 2014
T-style pickup set with addictive textural quality that sets it apart from many vintage-style units.
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Neunaber Wet Mono Reverb Review

September 21, 2014
This studio-quality reverb in a box is a piece of cake to operate.
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Tuning Up: Doing It Wrong Feels So Right

September 15, 2014
Why challenging conventional guitar wisdom is our last true frontier.
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The Raveonettes’ Sune Rose Wagner: Ripping in the Darkness Wild

September 12, 2014
The garage-surf mastermind dissects his assbackward pedalboard and talks about how Z-Boys and Pearl Harbor inspired the irresistible fuzzed-out melodies on the Danish duo’s new album, Pe’ahi.
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Dot Hacker: Psychic Friends Network

August 25, 2014
Red Hot Chili Pepper Josh Klinghoffer and former Gnarls Barkley guitarist Clint Walsh talk about their chance meeting and the toys/tools used to create the gaze-prog fever dreams on their two new Dot Hacker albums, How’s Your Process (Work) and How’s Your Process (Play).
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Summer NAMM '14 - Decibel Eleven Dirt Clod Demo

August 13, 2014
The pedal-switching masters throw their hat into the ring with their first ever stompbox--an overdrive/distortion unit.
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Brian Setzer: Songbirds & Vinyl

August 12, 2014
The Twin Cities twangmeister reveals how blasting Zeppelin LPs with his daughter inspired Rockabilly Riot! All Original—a prototypical rave-up with fun, beautiful twists.
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Summer NAMM '14 - JHS Pedals Emperor Analog Chorus/Vibrato and Colour Box Demos

August 12, 2014
The boutique pedal brand shows and demos two of their newest stomps.
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Quick Hit: Danelectro 59 M-NOS

August 7, 2014
A new 6-string inspired by a cache of 15-year-old pickups.
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Tuning Up: Jedi Solace for the Tortured Artist?

August 4, 2014
George Lucas brain scans and interviews with legendary novelists and Nobel-winning scientists are proving creativity junkies really do suffer for their art.
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Summer NAMM '14 - Roland Blues Cube Artist & Stage Demos

July 31, 2014
The father of the JC-120 adds two more versatile combos to their amp lineup.
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Summer NAMM '14 - ValveTrain Charleston HP and Brandywine Demos

July 30, 2014
See and hear demos of VT's new bass amp head and a head derived from the 5E3 Tweed Deluxe circuit.
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