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LA Amp Show '10 - Two Notes Torpedo VM-202 Demo

November 12, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location at the 2010 LA Amp Show where he visits the Two Notes Engineering room. In this segment, we get our first look and listen at Two Notes' VM-202.

The VM-202 is a dual-processor guitar/bass cab simulator. It handles both analog (line balanced/unbalanced) and digital signals. For it to work, you simply plug in your bass/guitar preamp (or other instrument with a line output) and you go straight into an exclusive tube stage simulator, along with the acclaimed Torpedo algorithm. You can play two cab + microphone simulations simultaneously and reproduce a multi-microphone miking process. The package includes over 50 speaker simulations, 50 speakers simulations, 8 microphone simulations, and 100 presets.
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LA Amp Show '10 - WhiteBox Engineering Cabinets

November 12, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location at the 2010 LA Amp Show where he visits the WhiteBox Engineering room. In this segment, we get the scoop from Douglas White on what the new company is all about.

WhiteBox builds high-quality, custom guitar cabinets in USA and markets them through the company's online store. Customization of the WhiteBox product range only starts with the colors and fabrics available -- the more important customization comes from the ability to choose from a wide range of speakers. WhiteBox offers the highly-popular Vintage 30 and G12K-100 from Celestion, but they specialize in Eminence Speakers -- of which they offer nearly every model.

WhiteBox went online in September 2010, with three products in the Modern Series at launch, and several other configurations and styles in development. The Modern Series cabinets are made from 13-ply 18mm Baltic Birch and feature convertable rear panels for open, semi-open, or closed-back performance. The Modern Series currently offers 1x12, 2x12, and 4x12 cabinets, all available either loaded or unloaded.
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LA Amp Show '10 - Soloway Guitars Single 15" Demo

November 11, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location at the 2010 LA Amp Show where he visits the Soloway Guitars room. In this segment, we get to check out Soloway's brand new hollowbody guitar, the Single 15". Jim Soloway describes his newest model, the Single 15", as the "hollowbody killer." The guitar has a 15" lower bout and a design that involves a neck block that extends to the bottom of the neck pickup. There is also another small block under the bridge. The rest of the body is completely hollow. The guitar is available with a 25.5" or 27" scale length, standard (1 11/16" at the nut) or fingerstyle (1 13/16" at the nut) spacing, and with six or seven strings.
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LA Amp Show - Sweetwood Guitars Comet Surftop Demo

November 11, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location at the 2010 LA Amp Show where he visits the Sweetwood Guitars booth. In this segment, we get to check out one of Sweetwood's Comet Surftop Standards in action.

The Comet Signature is similar to other company's Private Stock collections. Only the finest examples of each species of wood are used - the once in a lifetime pieces. Every "Signature Model" is a one off and has unique features.

Inspired by the classic styling's of the 1960's surf era, the Rock-Rite features a classic tone with some modern appointments. The Rock-Rite features our modern 2-bolt neck construction, a method of neck attachment that is simply stronger, more durable and tighter than a four-bolt can achieve. The ergonomically designed heal block allows near seamless access to the upper registers. Tonally, the 2-bolt separates itself by improving string attack and enhancing both note bloom and sustain.

The Comet is their flagship model and features fast and comfortable necks. The Standards come with an Eastern rock maple top on a mahogany body, quarter-sawn multi-lam neck with a pau ferro fretboard, Hipshot hardware, and custom wound pickups.
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LA Amp Show '10-Lapdancer Guitars Solidbody Models

November 10, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location at the 2010 LA Amp Show where he visits the Lapdancer Guitars room. In this segment, we get to hear from Loni Spector, creator and the main-man behind the Amp Shows, talk about his line of custom, one-off solidbody electric guitars made under the Lapdancer brand name that started out over 10 years ago as a lap steel guitar company.

Lapdancers electrics are unique takes and spins on classics like T- and S-style guitars, including the Holecaster that is a T-style guitar with dozens of holes in it to reduce the guitar's original hefty body weight, two T-style guitars loaded with TV Jones Filter'Tron pickups, and a S-style guitar that commemorates the Amp Shows that Spector has been running for years.
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LA Amp Show '10 - Zaolla Instrument & Audio Cables

November 10, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location at the 2010 LA Amp Show where he swings by the Zaolla Cables room. In this segment, we get to check out some of Zaolla and Hosa's guitar, instrument, audio, and multimedia cables that guitarists, producers and audiophiles can use to record and perform.
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LA Amp Show-Far East Electric Phoenix Type 1 Demo

November 9, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location at the 2010 LA Amp Show where he visits the Far East Electric room. In this segment, we get to check out their Phoenix Type 1 Overdrive stompbox. The pedal celebrates 6L6GC/5881-based tones and features a Fender Bassman-type tone stack with its controls including Volume, Presence, Treble, and Bass.
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LA Amp Show '10 - Longhorn Amps Texas Blues

November 8, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location at the 2010 LA Amp Show where he visits the Longhorn Amplifiers room. In this segment, Joe chats with Longhorn's Terry Wright about their model the Texas Blues. Powered by a pair of KT66 tubes, the Texas Blues head from Longhorn Amps kicks out 50 watts of burly tone. The rear panel provides dual 10-turn pots that allow players to individually bias each output tube. This is especially handy for using non-matched, vintage tube sets. Using the amp's test points, you can quickly re-bias the head for 6L6, 6V6, EL34, KT88, and 5881 power tubes. In addition to a standard input jack, the Texas Blues offers an alternative FET input that adds a clean boost to either the Clean or OD channel.
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LA Amp Show '10-Surreal Amplification Classic Demo

November 5, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location at the 2010 LA Amp Show where he swings by the Surreal Amplification room. In this segment, we get to check out a custom C.M. 50 head in action.

Surreal's amplifiers are built similar to vintage amps, for instance, when you are running this amp in the non-master volume configuration, you have only two tube gain stages just like the original Marshalls and Fenders. As with the original non-master volume amps, this setting gets nastier as the volume is cranked. Low to medium levels provide a relatively clean bluesy tone. Maxed out is brown tone city with EL34's. There is a Post Phase Inverter Master Volume that can be used in this setting to create additional overdrive. Clean players will love the Jazz Boost option for a smooth, warm, smokey jazz tone perfect for ES335 type guitars.

It can come with a Surreal Stage setting that adds yet another tube gain stage to the party. Now you are entering the realm of hot-rodded and modded, boutique amp heaven. It's called the Surreal stage due to the fact that the classic rock tone is retained but the gain is over the top. Another tonal option is the Slope control that sweeps through the mid range. Using this control in conjunction with the Resonance control, almost any tone you can dream up is at your fingertips. The presence control has a slightly wider range than most presence controls just in case you need more bite. The half way point on this control is equivalent to the full position on most.
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LA Amp Show '10 - Rude Mood Amplifier Demo

November 5, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location at the 2010 LA Amp Show where he visits the Rude Mood room. In this segment, we get to see and hear the Rude Mood combo amplifier.

The Rude Mood is a product of nearly 2 years of research, design, and development culminating in a guitar amplifier unlike ANY other on the market today. The Rude Mood was created for the working musician who demands the highest quality performance out of their equipment. Whether you are searching for the perfect classic rock crunch, high-energy modern grind, round full jazz or blues, this amplifier does it all. The magic happens when you blend YOUR signature sound so that the audience can hear you - not just an effects pedal.

The Rude channel is based on a Marshall Plexi with an all-tube, Class A construction with a pair of 12AX7 preamp tubes and an EL34 power tube powering up to 19 watts.

The Mood channel is based on a classic Fender voicing with an all-tube, true Class A construction with one 12AX7 preamp tube, a 6L6 power tube, and cranks out 20 watts of power.

The cabinet uses two Weber 10" speakers. The Rude side comes through a Weber vintage ceramic speaker and the Mood comes through a vintage alnico speaker.
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LA Amp Show '10-Ugly Amps Ugly 100, BIGFOOT Demos

November 3, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location at the 2010 LA Amp Show where we get to check out Ugly Amps two newest product--the Ugly 100 head and the BIGFOOT Gain Booster pedal. Ugly Amps generally produces small wattage amps like their popular Ugly 18, but at this Amp Show they stepped into the full-size amplifier arena with their Ugly 100. Also, they showed off their first pedal creation the BIGFOOT. The BIGFOOT is a gain booster with a full EQ also a bypass for the tonestack and an extra boost can be added. They say it works well with the Ugly 18 like adding the high gain channel those amps don't have.

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LA Amp Show - VHT Special 6 Ultra,AXL Badwater USA

November 2, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location at the 2010 LA Amp Show where he visits the VHT Amplifiers and AXL Guitars room. In this segment, we get to see a prototype from both companies--a VHT Special 6 Ultra head and a Badwater USA S-style guitar.

The VHT Special 6 Ultra is based on the Special 6 head that was released at last Winter NAMM, but has an EL34 power tube. The Badwater USA prototype is based on the popular Badwater import series created by AXL last year, but now they are bringing the guitars from their privately-owned Chinese factories and having them assembled, fret-dressed, and fitted with high-quality components in their California shop.
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LA Amp Show '10 - Metro Amps 1967 Replica Cab Demo

November 2, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location at the 2010 LA Amp Show where he visits the Metropoulos Amps room. In this segment, we get to see and hear their new Metropoulos 1967 Pinstripe Cab Demo played through a '66 Replica 45/100 head.

The 1967 True Era Replica Cabs are contructed from their proprietary reverse engineering of vintage Marshall speaker cabinets. The addition of EC Collins' reproduction pinstripe grillcloth fabric completes the 1967 cosmetics. Cabinet structure, hardware, and parts are based entirely on a set of vintage 1968 Marshall straight and slant cabs. Precise measurements of every part of the vintage cabinets were converted to CNC plans that allow them to produce true replicas. In addition, they fabricate their own proprietary cabinet hardware and metal parts. The process, hardware, and finished product are completely exclusive to Metropoulos True Replicas.
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LA Amp Show '10 - Jule Amps Paycheck 15 Demo

October 28, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location at the 2010 LA Amp Show where he visits the Jule Amplifiers room. In this segment, we get the chance to get up close and personal with Jule's Paycheck 15 head.

Boasting some of the most unique heads at the show, Jule Potter showed off his Paycheck amps. Hand-built in California, the all-tube Paycheck is available in 40 or 15 watts with an all-steel, powder-coated chassis. The 40-watt features dual 6L6s, while the 15-watt uses dual 6V6s. Both amps use Russian 6SL7 preamp tubes. The amps retail for $1285 (40-watt) and $1185 (15-watt).
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LA Amp Show '10 - Egnater Amps Tweaker 40 Demo

October 27, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location at the 2010 LA Amp Show where he visits the Egnater Amplifiers room. In this segment, we get to see and hear about the newest additions to the Tweaker line--the Tweaker 40 and Tweaker 88 heads.

Known for bringing prototypes to Amp Shows and using experienced player feedback to further tweak their latest designs, Egnater did more of the same by unveiling prototypes of new versions the company's popular Tweaker amp. The Tweaker 40 is a two-channel head with dual 6L6s. The channels are identical and each features a set of the standard Tweaker controls (Tight/Deep, Bright/Normal, and Hot/Clean), while adding a Mid Cut/Normal mini toggle, plus a Master Volume with Vintage/Modern mini toggle. The two channels share an EQ with a USA/AC/Brit mini toggle. The Tweaker 88 features the same preamp with two KT88 power tubes. The Tweaker 40 and 88 are set to retail around $600 and $800, respectively.
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LA Amp Show '10 - GNI Pedals Phaser/Flanger, Fuzz

October 26, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location at the 2010 LA Amp Show where he swings by the GNI Pedals room. In this segment, we get to hear two of their pedals in action: the Phaser/Flanger and the Multi Fuzz/Vintage Distortion. GNI Pedals made their first splash at an Amp Show this past weekend in LA. Showcasing their entire line of original pedals including the Shred Pro SP1, Multi Fuzz/Vintage Distortion, Amp Simulator, Xtreme Distortion, Phaser & Flanger, Analog Stereo Dual Chorus, Dual Drive DD1, Bass Shaper, and Path Finder. Most of these analog boxes feature two pedals built into one. The company's line of true bypass micro pedals will be launched in January with a lower price-point.
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LA Amp Show '10 - Tungsten Amps Buckwheat Demo

October 26, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location at the 2010 LA Amp Show where he visits the Tungsten Amps room. In this segment, we get up close and personal with Tungsten's 30 watt combo, the Buckwheat.

Tungsten's approach to building amplifiers is to follow in the footsteps of the Fender tweed designs of the mid- to late-50s focusing on compression, sag, and a complimentary mid-range tonality with various dynamic levels.

The Buckwheat is a 30 watt combo driven by 6L6 power tubes and shares the same preamp and voicing as Tungsten's smaller combo--the Crema Wheat by having 2-12AX7 preamp tubes and a GZ34 rectifier tube.
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LA Amp Show '10 - Celestion G12H30 75 Hertz Demo

October 25, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location at the 2010 LA Amp Show where he visits the Celestion room. In this segment, we get to see and hear guitarist Steve Trovato demo the new G12H30 75 Hertz speaker. Based on the classic G12H30 55 hertz speaker labeled the "Hendrix speaker," the new 75 hertz model gives players just another option within Celestion's lineup of exceptional speakers.

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LA Amp Show '10 - Tonic Amps Vapour Demo

October 25, 2010
G's Joe Coffey is On Location at the 2010 LA Amp Show where he visits the Tonic Amps room. In this segment, we get to check out Tonic's Vapour head.

The Vapour is tone machine for small to medium sized clubs with a 20 watt Push-Pull, class AB output section (EL84 or 6V6) utilizing a clean to mean single channel preamp. This amp can be tonally controlled with a Treble, Mid, Bass tone stack with a presence and bright switch. This amp will give you tremendous gain felxibility in both your volume control and pick attack. As opposed to using channel switching you can easily set up the amp and use the volume knob on your guitar as a gain control. This amp also features a 4-8-16 ohm impedance switch so that it can be better matched with your speaker cabinet.

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LA Amp Show '10 - Goodsell Valpreaux 40 Demo

October 22, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location at the 2010 LA Amp Show where he visits the Goodsell Amplifiers room. In this segment, we get to see and hear the Valpreaux 40 (a prototype) in action compliments of guitarist Phil X. The Valpreaux 40 is a 40 watt combo inspired by certain Valco, Supro, and Gretsch combos of the '60s. It features the relatively obscure 6973 power tube that imparts a different sonic signature from the EL84-based models that comprise the bulk of the Goodsell product line. The Valpreaux has a simplified front-end similar to the Super 17/33, with the same award-winning tremolo and non-intrusive reverb, as well as an ultra-transparent post-phase inverter master volume. Richard Goodsell believes that this amplifier, if for no other reason, should exist to be matched with a Telecaster in the bridge position because of its ultra-high clean headroom.
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