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Articles by Shawn Hammond

SNAMM '16 - Gibson HP 635 W Demo | 2016 High Performance Acoustics

July 8, 2016
Get introduced to their new line of acoustics, which is built with North American tonewoods and focuses on ultimate playability and comfort.
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Episode 4 – Gigs from Hell

July 4, 2016
PG fans recount live performances gone horribly awry—from club cave-ins to CD-stealing hecklers and a bar whose over-the-top, sketchy-sounding name turned out to be all too apt.
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SNAMM '16 - Yamaha TransAcoustic LS-TA Demo

July 1, 2016
See and hear how the veteran guitar builders added chorus and reverb to a flattop.
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SNAMM '16 - Eastman Guitars E40D SB & MD415 BK Demos

June 30, 2016
Learn about a new 45-style dreadnought and a mandolin built with mahogany back and sides.
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SNAMM '16 - Sound City Amps Master One Hundred Demo

June 30, 2016
Hear how and why Steven Fryette relaunched an amplifier brand started by Hiwatt's Dave Reeves.
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SNAMM '16 - Jam Pedals Tube Dreamer Supreme & Delay Llama Supreme Demos

June 30, 2016
The Athens-based stompbox junkies revamp two favorites by adding more tonal options and on-the-fly tweakability.
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SNAMM '16 - Revv Amplification Dynamis Demo

June 29, 2016
See what this 6V6-loaded combo can do with its 2-channel platform and three reverb-decay options.
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SNAMM '16 - Broken Crow Amplification BC-T20 and BC-B30 Demos

June 29, 2016
The Kentucky tone hunters enjoy their first NAMM show by introducing a head powered by 6V6s and another working with EL84s.
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Tuning Up: Poor, Unappreciated Steel

June 29, 2016
Forget pedals, guitars, and amps! Dollar for dollar, a metal flatpick may be the most liberating and impactful tone discovery you ever make.
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SNAMM '16 - Heritage Guitars H-157W Demo

June 26, 2016
The Kalamazoo singlecut gets an upgrade with vintage-voiced pickups and new tonewood choices.
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SNAMM '16 - Epiphone Masterbilt De Luxe Archtop Demo

June 25, 2016
See and hear these yesteryear-inspired jazzboxes with updated wood choices and building techniques.
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SNAMM '16 - Seymour Duncan Palladium, Forza, & The Killing Floor Demos

June 24, 2016
Get the lowdown on three new stomps—a distortion, an overdrive, and a high-gain booster.
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SNAMM '16 - Martin LE Cowboy, D-1 Authentic 1931, and CS Bluegrass Demos

June 24, 2016
Get a taste of what these three new acoustic models can do.
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SNAMM '16 - The Loar LH-306-T and LO-14 Demos

June 24, 2016
Get introduced to their new Loar'Tron-loaded hollowbody and classy-looking satin black acoustic.
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Quick Hit: Ibanez AVN6

June 20, 2016
A far cry from the image this brand typically conjures, this nicely built parlor guitar boasts impressive volume and adaptability.
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Episode 3 – Guitar As Therapy

June 6, 2016
In this episode, fans share inspiring and touching accounts of the mysterious healing properties of their 6-strings.
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Tuning Up: Dial-A-Swede! (Sentiments of Random Scandinavian 6-Stringers)

May 31, 2016
PG’s Shawn Hammond calls halfway around the world to get the straight dope on Yngwie, ABBA, and all that goddamn metal.
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Cheap Trick: ... But Don’t Give Yourself Away

May 17, 2016
Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson, and Robin Zander on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Bang, Zoom, Crazy… Hello, and … time travel?
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Tuning Up: Closed-Minded Insecure A$$hole Syndrome Redux

May 5, 2016
PG chief editor Shawn Hammond admits his own a$$hole-ishness … and doubles down on the folly of dismissing hip-hop.
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