Samick Motherlode

December 2014

Articles by Shawn Hammond

Tuning Up: The Phone Survey According to "Steve"

August 10, 2012
I guess the thought that I was putting one over on people who usually treated me like I’d just barged in on a make-out session was somehow cathartic
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A Stroll Down Amplifier Lane

July 9, 2012
This couldn’t really be billed as an “Amp Issue” if I didn’t go on and on here about amps, now could it? But I promise I won’t blab too
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Four 4-Stringers Who Shake My World

June 8, 2012
I’d like to take some space here to pay tribute to some of the low-end masters who’ve inspired my own playing and enriched my life with their wonderful creativity.
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Nocturne Blondeshell Amp Review

June 8, 2012
Run by Tavo Vega out of his shop in Southern California, Nocturne Amplification is one of the few outfits today specializing in 6G6-B Bassman-based designs.
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Interview: Mumiy Troll - Russian Mummy Monsters Invade!

June 8, 2012
Once banned by the Communist party, Mumiy Troll–the biggest band from the biggest country in the world–presses westward with "Vladivostok," and all-English album chock-full of glistening guitars and hooks that just won''t die.
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Tuning Up: Nail It!

May 11, 2012
One of the drawbacks I’ve encountered in my general move toward more hands-on elicitation of primal rawness in my playing is that … well, I was busting nails.
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Transatlantic Tone Toys: Musikmesse 2012

May 11, 2012
Can’t afford the thousands of bucks it’d take to visit the world’s biggest gear show? No problem. Premier Guitar will take you there, show you the goods, and spare you both the jet lag and the raging tinnitus.
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Nada Surf: Caws and Effect

April 6, 2012
Frontman/guitarist Matthew Caws candidly discusses his creative process.
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Gear Fest Gastronomy: Feast Your Eyes

April 2, 2012
We make quite a few trips like this each year to feast our eyes and ears on the latest guitars, amps, effects, and other gizmos being unveiled by companies from around the globe.
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