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Art Esparza, Former Fender Custom Shop Senior Master Builder, Joins Premier Builders Guild

December 31, 2012
His primary focus will be on limited edition USA Masterbuilt reissues that PBG is producing for D’Angelico Guitars.
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NAMM '11 - Tone King Amps Galaxy & b3 Fire Demos

February 23, 2011
PG's Shawn Hammond is On Location at the 2011 NAMM Show where he visits the Premier Builders Guild booth. In this segment, we get to see and hear demos of products from two of their companies--Tone King's Galaxy amplifier and the b3 Fire solidbody.
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Factory Tour - Premier Builders Guild's Guitars

December 17, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Arroyo Grande, CA, at the Premier Builders Guild shop. In this video segment, we get the lowdown on what Premier Builders Guild is all about, what builders are affiliated with the guild (Gene Baker, Dennis Fano, Roger Giffin, Johan Gustavsson, Saul Koll, and Jason Z. Schroeder), and also how these US-made, handbuilt guitars differ from the custom-made instruments built by the guild's luthiers.

Here, we get to see how PBG enables players to choose from their portfolio of boutique, masterbuilt guitars without the uncertainty, long wait times, and lack of customer support often associated with boutique instruments. The PBG shop is run by master luthier and head engineer Gene Baker and production manager Gil Vasquez who have over 30 years of combined experience and expertise in the guitar-building world.
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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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