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SNAMM 2010

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Summer NAMM '10 - Asterope Instrument Cables

August 19, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location at the 2010 Summer NAMM Show where he swings by the Asterope booth. In this segment, we get to learn about the Asterope and see several of the new company's products, including 6', 10', 15', and 20' instrument cables, several types of RCA interconnect cables.
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Summer NAMM - Heritage Guitars Alex Skolnick H150

August 18, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location at the 2010 Summer NAMM Show where she stops by the Heritage Guitar booth. In this segment, we get to hear about Heritage Guitar's new Alex Skolnick signature model, the 25th Anniversary H535, the 25th Anniversary H150, and the 25th Anniversary H140.
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Summer NAMM - 3rd Power Amps American Dream Demo

August 17, 2010
PG's On Location at the 2010 Summer NAMM Show where we get to check out 3rd Power Amps American Dream 1x12 combo. It includes a Brownface channel, Blackface channel, switchable tube output power (22w/10w), Bright switch on each channel, and global Presence control. The amp also features 3rd Power's proprietary Switchback triangular speaker enclosure to deliver room-filling sound while isolating the chassis and sensitive tubes from vibrations originating with the speaker. It comes loaded with a Celestion Alnico Gold speaker, 2-winged C 6L6GC tubes, and 1-12AT7, 2-12AX7 preamp tubes.
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Summer NAMM '10 - Guitar Mill Serpentine Demo

August 16, 2010
PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location at the 2010 Summer NAMM Show where he visits the Guitar Mill booth. In this segment, we get to see and hear about their newest guitar, the Serpentine.

The Serpentine has a paulowina body with a nitrocellulose gun metal Gray finish. It features a one piece quartersawn maple neck with a "soft chunky V-profile and a 9.5" radius. It comes laded with a single TV Jones Power'Tron pickup.
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Summer NAMM-J Backlund Design JBD800, JBD400 Demos

August 12, 2010
PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Nashville, TN, for the 2010 Summer NAMM Show where he visits the J Backlund Design booth. In this segment, we get to see and hear some of the new company's guitars, including the JBD-800, JBD-400, and the JBD-200. J Backlund Design is company that was formed by a partnership with artist and designer John Backlund and luthier Bruce Bennett--who has the large task of taking Backlund's Jetsonian ideas and make them become real guitars.
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Summer NAMM '10 - Extreme Isolation Headphones

August 11, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Nashville, TN, for the 2010 Summer NAMM Show where he visits Extreme Isolation. In this segment, we get to see and hear about Extreme Isolation's noise-canceling and isolating headphones used by musicians for practice (in conjunction with the JamHub portable studio), live, or even just enjoying music from their personal collection.

The EX-29 is the perfect headphone for serious musicians and studio engineers. The ultra-fidelity high input speakers integrated with 29dB of passive isolation are incredibly awesome and will not bleed sound into live microphones! The EX-29 is suggested for critical mixing.

The EX-25 is an excellent choice for project studios, personal audio and travel. Using passive isolation technology, this headphone is enjoyable to use by eliminating the expense and hassles of replacement batteries.

The HP-25 offers outstanding hearing protection at a very affordable price and can be used for practicing, shooters and anyone wanting to eliminate unwanted noise from their immediate surroundings. No batteries are required. Compact and light weight, the HP-25 offers uses and benefits even for kids.

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Summer NAMM '10: Martin 00-15, 0-18T Nick Reynolds

August 10, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Nashville, TN, for the 2010 Summer NAMM Show where he swings by the Martin Guitar booth. In this segment, we get to check out some of their newest guitars--the 00-15 & the 0-18T Nick Reynolds Tenor Guitar.

Martin's 0-18T is a cool, new tenor model with a solid Sitka spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides, and a traditional 18-style rosette. Compared to the other full-bodied Martin models, it's much smaller, but the 0-18T packs a meaty punch.

The 00-15 features a 00-14 fret body style that can be made with either solid sapele or solid mahogany (top, back, and sides). The bridge is either made of Solid Morado or Solid East Indian Rosewood, while the neck can be created from several choice hardwoods that would be matched with a solid morado or solid East Indian rosewood fingerboard.
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Summer NAMM '10 - Peterson Tuners Classic Stomp

August 10, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location at the 2010 Summer NAMM Show where he swings by the Peterson Tuners booth. In this segment, we get to check out their newest tuning invention--the Stomp Classic Tuner.

The Peterson Stomp Classic combines the timeless 'mojo' of the legendary Conn ST-11 Strobotuner with the most desired features in a pedal tuner to date. Exclusive Stomp Classic features include Peterson's pioneering true bypass circuitry, a host of new Sweetened Tunings that include support for 7-string guitars, electric violin and mandolin-family instruments, along with our renowned built-in, fully adjustable, active DI.

The Stomp Classic's unparalleled note detection and a high definition real-time strobe display resolution of 0.1 cent combined with a host of presets allowing for each instrument's individual idiosyncrasies (including string deflection, interval spacing, and harmonic nature and range).
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Summer NAMM-Sonic Edge J&J Overdrive, Tumbleweed

August 8, 2010
PG's Brett Petrusek is On Location in Nashville, TN, at the 2010 Summer NAMM Show where he visits the Sonic Edge Inc. booth. In this segment, we get to see and hear from two of their newest pedals -- the J&J Overdrive and the Tumbleweed Booster/Compressor.
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Summer NAMM '10 - Kala Ukes Solid Body U-Bass

August 4, 2010
PG's Brett Petrusek is On Location in Nashville, TN, for the 2010 Summer NAMM Show where he visits the Kala Ukulele booth. In this segment, we check out three of their newest instruments--the Solid Body U-Bass, Hawaiian Koa Soprano, and the Solid Acacia Concert.

The Hawaiian Koa Soprano is made with Hand-Selected Hawaiian Koa harvested on the Big Island of Hawaii. Fitted with Maple binding on the top and back, these instruments beg to be played. High quality chrome die-cast tuners will keep your instrument in tune. As with most of our ukulele, active EQ options are available.

The Solid Acacia (Mimosa or Shower Tree) Concert are made from tropical trees that are cousins of the Hawaiian Koa tree. They have gorgeous striped patterns of light and dark brown and have a deep colorful tone that match their visual beauty. These solid wood ukes come sized in Soprano, Concert and custom Tenor with a slotted-headstock. They are trimmed with rosewood edge binding and classic herringbone purfling. Custom position markers accent the fretboard. The Soprano has classic friction style tuners. The Concert comes with chrome die-cast tuners with black buttons and the Tenor has vintage geared chrome tuners. The ukes come with a rosewood fingerboard and bridge and an ebony nut and saddle.
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Summer NAMM '10-D'Angelico Apache Solidbody & More

August 4, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Nashville, TN for the 2010 Summer NAMM Show where she visits the D'Angelico Guitars booth. In this segment, we get a rundown on several of their guitars, including the Apache Teardrop, the Apache Solidbody, the Ambassador Flattop acoustic, the Excel-SS and the 16" Archtop.

The Excel-SS features a laminated flame maple top, back, and sides complete with bound f-holes. Its neck is a two-piece maple with a center stripe and its fingerboard is made of ebony.

The 16" New Yorker has a carved spruce top and figured maple back and sides.

The Apache solidbody prototype has Lollar Imperial humbuckers and reconstituted fretboard inlays.
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Summer NAMM '10 Jack Deville Buzzmaster, Dark Echo

August 3, 2010
PG's Brett Petrusek is On Location in Nashville, TN, for the 2010 Summer NAMM Show where he visits the Jack Deville Electronics booth. In this segment, we get to check out two their newest pedals--the Dark Echo and the Buzzmaster.

The Dark Echo produces lush echos trailing into oblivion, progressively darkening with
every repeat. The Dark Echo embodies deep, dark delay with a very smooth, thick, and organic texture. Included are controls for Delay Time, Repeats, Wet Blend, dynamic Sway modulation, and an internal trim-pot for output level.

The Buzzmaster was created from classic germanium fuzz circuit topology. Its discrete germanium design produces tones ranging from raunchy vintage overdrive to contemporary chewy-fur, and even venturing into tight metal and doom territory, all while maintaining touch sensitivity, note attack and natural decay.
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Summer NAMM '10 - Randall Amplifiers RT503 Head

August 3, 2010
PG's Brett Petrusek is On Location in Nashville, TN, for the 2010 Summer NAMM Show where he swings by the Randall Amplifiers booth. In this segment, we get to check out one of their newest heads--the RT503.

The RT503 is a 50 watt, 6L6-loaded (can also come with EL34s), 3-channel amplifier. Its three channels include, Channel 1 - Classic Clean - from sparkling to highly overdriven, Channel 2 - Classic Overdrive - from mild grit to full saturation, and Channel 3 - Modern Overdrive - full hi gain tone. Each channel's controls include Bass, Middle, and Treble (Channel 1 has a Bright switch) and the master controls are Volume and Reverb.
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Summer NAMM - Santa Cruz Guitar 1934 D,OM,F Custom

August 2, 2010
PG's Brett Petrusek is On Location in Nashville, TN, for the 2010 Summer NAMM Show where he visits the Santa Cruz Guitar booth. In this segment, Santa Cruz's head luthier Richard Hoover shows us several of their models, including the OM, F Custom, 1929 OO, and 1934 D.

The 1929's design pays homage to the simple and elegant instruments made for players enduring the Great Depression of 1929. Vintage inspired appointments include scalloped bracing, a period correct script style logo done tastefully in Ivoroid and beautifully executed ebony pyramid bridge, bridge pins, tuner buttons, head-plate and fretboard. The rosette is an exercise in austere elegance with a rich tortoise ring nestled in a vintage Ivoroid border. It is made with a mahogany body, back, and sides and the neck is joined at the 12th fret.

In the 1920's, the Orchestra Model was originally intended to be a large guitar capable of being heard over other orchestral instruments, hence the OM name. Although it fit the bill, its relatively large body was soon eclipsed by the mighty dreadnought. Fortunately, the OM had secured its place in history as a powerful and versatile voice for public performance. Santa Cruz was among the first modern builders to reintroduce this now smaller bodied favorite at the beginning of the Eighties. Their practice of combining the most desirable attributes of old and new, rather than copying, made for a very successful introduction of the Santa Cruz Guitar Company to a whole new audience. The OM provides clean, loud mid-range and trebles that are complimented by a slightly predominate bass. It features an Indian rosewood body, Sitka spruce top and the neck joins the body at the 14th fret.

The secret to the often superior tone of vintage instruments lies in aged woods (crystallized resins) and the relaxation of tensions built-in during manufacture. This is exactly what we account for in our 1934 D Model. Brazilian rosewood cut in the 1930's, Adirondack spruce top and bracing from the same era and real hot hide glue, that sets glass-like and resonant, give us the foundation for an authentic vintage sound. By applying our singular tuning and voicing talents and taking our time to ensure a relaxed assembly, we consistently access the secrets to the 'Old Bone' sound. The original lacquer formula, nitro-cellulose, is composed of the same stuff as trees; we are protecting and enhancing the sound of the instrument with a fine coating of wood! It is the only choice to complement this heirloom quality guitar.
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Summer NAMM - Fargen Amps Mini Plex MKII,Duo-Tone

July 29, 2010
PG's Brett Petrusek is On Location in Nashville, TN, for the 2010 Summer NAMM Show where he visits the Fargen Amps booth. In this video, we get to check out two of Fargen's amps--the Mini Plex MKII and the AC Duo-Tone.

The Fargen Mini Plex MKII features English classic rock and high gain crunch tones. It pumps out quality tone on par with a 50 or 100 watt Marshall, and maintains this tone at apartment/bedroom levels.

The Mini Plex MKII hand-wired tube amplifier delivers high-energy, cranked tube amp tone at quiet volumes with a mixture of great tube amp design, world-class custom components, and the amazing Kevin O'Conner Power Scaling technology. The power scaling circuit uses voltage manipulation (think variac) to control output volume and power tube overdrives without cutting high-end frequencies like an attenuator does, and allows you to run the amp anywhere from 12 watts down to below a 1/2 watt for the ultimate low volume jamming experience.

The Mini Plex MKII captures all of your favorite British high gain and classic rock tones with the help of our patented "Decade Switch" technology. The Fargen "Decade Switch" gives you 3 different classic sounds/gain structures and morphs between 3 completely different classic British preamp circuits ... the JTM45, Plexi JMP and JCM 800. It features EL34/KT66 /KT77/6550/6L6/5881/6V6 ECT tubes.

This new Fargen design features two channels of English vibe that will cover any and all of your EL84 Brit-tone needs. It all starts with the V15 channel. With its complex jangle and chime, it rings out for days with the perfect simplicity you expect from a classic AC-Brit style tube amp. It then follows with the throaty roar of the M18 Channel -- the perfect opposite of the V15 Channel. The Fargen AC Duo-Tone simply covers more sonic ground than any other 2 x EL84 tube amp you have heard, modern or vintage.
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Summer NAMM - EMG Solderless Pickups w/ Rob Turner

July 26, 2010
PG's Brett Petrusek is On Location in Nashville, TN, for the 2010 Summer NAMM Show where he visits the EMG Pickups booth. In this segment, EMG's founder Rob Turner talks us through their new solderless pickups which will eventually include most of their pickup models.
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Summer NAMM '10 - Pacer Concepts Stocker

July 23, 2010
PG's Brett Petrusek is On Location in Nashville, TN, for the 2010 Summer NAMM show where he visits the Pacer Concepts booth. In this segment, we check out their product the stocker, which protects headstocks when they're stored in gig bags.

The Stocker is designed to function on 99.9% of all inline tuner guitars. The material selected for the construction is ABS Plastic for durability and flexibility. ABS Plastic is soft enough as to not harm any of your instruments surfaces. They do include two self-adhering felt templates that add extra protection for those who wish to provide a plush interior for their instrument.
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Summer NAMM '10 - DBZ Guitars Peacemaker Cavallo V

July 17, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Nashville, TN, for the 2010 Summer NAMM Show where she visits the DBZ Guitars booth. In this segment, we get to check out one of the newest DBZ US models--the Peacemaker Cavallo V.

Another work of art from Dean Zelinsky and his team, and it's stunning. The construction is a traditional mahogany+maple cap combination, with an intricate Wild West-inspired theme carved into the top. It features custom DBZ pickups and hardware.

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Summer NAMM '10 - Premier Builders Guild

July 15, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Nashville, TN, for the 2010 Summer NAMM show where he visits the Premier Builders Guild booth. In this segment, we learn about the idea behind the guild, the benefits for small-time builders, and some possibilities for other small-time luthiers can join. In addition, we get introduced to guitars from the existing guild, which includes models built by Dennis Fano, Gene Baker, Jason Z. Schroeder, Mark Bartel, Roger Giffin, Saul Koll, and Johan Gustavsson.
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Summer NAMM '10 Flaxwood 3S-T, DMZ-H Vasara Demos

July 14, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Nashville, TN, where she visits the Flaxwood Guitars booth. In this segment, we get to check out two of their newest models--the 3S-T Haarii Special & DMZ-H Vasara. Plus, watch for the Leon Russell sighting during the video, too!

The Haarii Special was said to be designed to deliver super, muscular Strat tones while preserving the warmth and deep responsiveness that characterizes all Flaxwood guitars. The Seymour Duncan SP90 pickup in the neck gives the instrument full, jazz box-like tones, while the two Duncan SSL-6's create all the twang and bite you'd ever want. The guitar also features a super stable Schaller LP Tremolo bridge, 5-way switch and a uniquely wired blend knob that adds the bridge pickup in the neck position and the neck pickup in the bridge, or bridge/middle position, allowing for all three pickups to be used at once.

Fat power chords, screaming harmonics, singing sustain, and a commanding appearance - the Flaxwood Vasara (vasara = hammer) is a true rocker's dream. Features a Gotoh Tune-o-matic Bridge and pickups by DiMarzio. Ideal for heavier rock and metal.
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