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Articles by Shawn Hammond

SNAMM '15 - McPherson Guitars Camrielle Demo

July 18, 2015
See and hear luthier Matt McPherson's latest flattop that has a slightly smaller body profile, but still boasts a punchy tone with a clear, bell-like voice.
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SNAMM '15 - MTD Saratoga Bass Demo

July 17, 2015
Bass-building legend Michael Tobias revamps his flagship model with new pickups, wood choices, and headstock design.
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SNAMM '15 - Cordoba 55FCE Flamenco Guitar Demo

July 15, 2015
The new España 55FCE Negra flamenco guitar is built in Spain by master luthiers and features stunning Macassar ebony back and sides.
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SNAMM '15 - Guild Starfire II Bass Demo

July 15, 2015
Check out the dual-pickup semi-hollow bass guitar that brings additional sonic options to one of brand’s most iconic models.
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SNAMM '15 - Yamaha Guitars FS730S Demo

July 15, 2015
See and hear how this acoustic's spruce top and rosewood body creates a combo for projection and pure tone.
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SNAMM '15 - Blueridge BG-1500E Demo

July 14, 2015
The Saga Music brand shows off their newest jumbo acoustic model.
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SNAMM '15 - Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers Patch Box Demo

July 11, 2015
See and hear a demo of the company's latest Eurorack mod effects geared for guitarists.
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In Memoriam: Chris Squire 1948–2015

July 2, 2015
PG’s Shawn Hammond reflects on his unlikely fall into extreme Yes fanhood as a teenager, and what it was like to finally meet the legendary late Yes bassist.
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Fishman Fluence Classic Humbuckers Review

July 1, 2015
Can Larry the Acoustic Guy’s newfangled pickup technology really deliver authentic PAF tones that rival boutique ’buckers?
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Tuning Up: Record or Die!

June 29, 2015
Forget the woodshed—invest in some cheap recording gear and witness the unparalleled power and wonder of the 21st-century studio.
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Tuning Up: The Infantilization of Guitar (or “Hulk Fight Robot. Hulk RAD!”)

May 31, 2015
How to avoid dumbing-down your playing and honor the true spirit of your heroes.
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Musikmesse '15 - BassLine Basses Re:belle Buster Demo

May 15, 2015
The German shop busts out their latest handmade 4-string rocker.
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Musikmesse '15 - Gurus Amps Tritone and 5015 Demos

May 15, 2015
Check out two new 6L6-powered heads that feature a three-way "sexytone" voicing control.
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Musikmesse '15 - Sandberg Forty Eight Hardcore Demo

May 15, 2015
Get a taste of what luthier Holger Sandberg's new 4-string has to offer.
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Musikmesse '15 - Claas Guitars Moby Dick Demo

May 14, 2015
Check out the German company's newest 7-string that is equipped with EMG pickups.
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Musikmesse '15 - Fibenare Guitars Erotic Dalmut Demo

May 14, 2015
See and hear how the Budapest-based crew's collaboration with Tom Quayle sounds.
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Musikmesse '15 - JJoye Guitars Starlette Demo

May 14, 2015
This retro-inspired 6-string has '50s dinette flair that's paired with good 'ol rock 'n' roll attitude.
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Musikmesse '15 - Godin Guitars A6 Ultra Baritone

May 14, 2015
The Canadian company unveils a long-scale version of their popular acoustic-electric line.
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Musikmesse '15 - Electro-Harmonix Nano POG Demo

May 14, 2015
Mike Matthews reimagines the classic POG in the pedalboard-friendly package and it features updated algorithms for glitch-free tracking.
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Musikmesse '15 - Engl Artist Edition, RockMaster, and MetalMaster Demos

May 14, 2015
Check out three new amps from the German company—including one built with input from Ritchie Blackmore, Doug Aldrich, and others.
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