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Articles by Shawn Hammond

Quick Hit: Zeppelin Design Labs Percolator

April 12, 2015
A 2-watt head that conjures a variety of rootsy tones via an unusual NOS tube
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Mod Scientist: BilT Guitars’ Tim Thelen

April 9, 2015
A luthier’s willingness to bastardize a Tele with onboard effects spawned a company that’s grabbed the attention of adventurous players like Brent Hinds, Nels Cline, and Buzz Osborne.
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Rig Rundown: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

April 8, 2015
The influential “riot grrl” Rock and Roll Hall of Famer keeps it simple, but that doesn’t mean she’s not picky about her Gibson Melody Makers, Red Rhodes Velvet Hammer pickups, and Music Man amps.
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Tuning Up: Shatner, Cat Parasites, and the Quest for Mastery

April 6, 2015
How science nerdery makes you a better musician than guitar-god worship.
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Rig Rundown: Heart

April 1, 2015
We get the lowdown on the guitars and basses used by Nancy and Ann Wilson, Craig Bartock, and Dan Rothchild.
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Tuning Up: Kill Your “Killer” Vibrato

March 5, 2015
Conventional wisdom about warble technique makes you boring, not badass.
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Quick Hit: Ibanez RGKP6

March 1, 2015
Far from a gimmick for shredders, multi-effect nuts, or Muse fans, a “Kaoss Pad axe” is one of the most fertile new fields for sonic exploration.
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NAMM '15 - Dunlop Cry Baby Mini, Band of Gypsys Fuzz Face, Sub Machine, Blue Hippo, Saucy Box, and Saffron Squeeze Demos

February 19, 2015
Bob Cedro and Tal Morris explain and demonstrate the 2015 pedal offerings from Dunlop, MXR, and Way Huge.
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“Spring-Reverb” Pedal Review Roundup

February 13, 2015
Three stomp outfits—Mojo Hand Fx, Subdecay, and Catalinbread—attempt to capture the elusive mojo of classic ’60s reverb.
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Eastwood Airline H78 Review

February 12, 2015
Can this modern take on Dan Auerbach’s famed Harmony match the original’s vintage mojo?
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Tuning Up: B.B. King’s Adventures in Kicking Nervousness’ Ass

February 10, 2015
Even if you hate the blues, the Mississippi legend’s stage-fright-fighting advice is pretty much the best ever.
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NAMM '15 - Dialtone Pickups 2015 Metal Case Model Demos

February 9, 2015
See and hear how these latest p'ups can be tweaked on the fly.
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NAMM '15 - DOD Effects Trio Band Creator Demo

February 9, 2015
See and hear how the DigiTech brand has created a stomp that listens to what you play and automatically generates bass and drum parts that match your chord progressions and rhythmic feel.
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NAMM '15 - Cort Guitars MBC-1 Matthew Bellamy Signature Model Demo

February 8, 2015
The Muse guitarist/frontman releases an affordable signature model designed in conjunction with Manson Guitar Works.
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NAMM '15 - Gibson 2015 Les Paul Standard, Limited Edition ES-355, LP Bass, & Les Paul Acoustic Demos

February 7, 2015
See and hear the latest renditions and updates to guitardom's most popular signature model.
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NAMM '15 - Fryette Amplification Aether, Valvulator GP:DI, & Power Station Demos

February 6, 2015
See and hear the company's new combo—with preamp and power amps housed in separate chassis to reduce hum and noise—that is loaded with 6L6s and has reverb and tremolo.
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NAMM '15 - Oxygen Amplification Ozone 36 Watt Demo

February 6, 2015
See and hear a demo of these Canuck's first 36-watt combo that features KT66 tubes. (The head version can be loaded with EL34s.)
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NAMM '15 - Oddfellow Effects Caveman Overdrive V2 Demo

February 6, 2015
The latest iteration of the company's flagship dirtbox offers dramatically increased control and tone shaping options.
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NAMM '15 - Carp Amps Moonfish Demo

February 5, 2015
See and hear their newest dual-EL34, 50-watt head in action.
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NAMM '15 - ToneVille Amps Rio Grande Demo

February 5, 2015
The Colorado crew built a tube reverb/tremolo unit into a toolbox.
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