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Videos

JBovier Stringed Instruments - Various Mandolins

August 20, 2009
PG's Chris Burgess is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he visits the JBovier Stringed Instruments booth. In this segment we get to see some traditional and not-so-traditional mandolins. Jeff Cowherd shows off two of his in-progress projects - electric solidbody mandolins.

And for a more traditional mandolin, he shows us his F5Z mandolin. It features an engleman spruce top, carved African zebrawood back and sides, solid Canadian flamed maple neck and an ebony fingerboard.

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Carvin BX500 Amp and BR410 Neo Cab Review

Carvin BX500 Amp and BR410 Neo Cab Review

August 19, 2009
The BX500 features a lot of watts packed into a small package for a portable, flexible bass amp option
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The Montreal Guitar Show '09

The Montreal Guitar Show '09

August 19, 2009
Our picks from the Montreal Guitar Show
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The Bass-ics

The Bass-ics

August 19, 2009
Want to succeed at bass? Be ok with playing simple.
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DAR Amps - Superaria Head Demo - Summer NAMM '09

August 19, 2009
PG's Chris Burgess is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he swings by the DAR Amps booth. In this segment, we get to check out DAR's Superaria head. The Superaria is like no other guitar amp in that it comes loaded with 6C33 tubes, which are the same tubes used in MIG 25 jets and Russian battlefield tanks. It delivers a full 65 watts of rich Class A tone. In Aria mode, this amp delivers an astounding 35 watts of hum free and harmonically accurate Single Ended Class A tone (accomplished while maintaining push pull bandwidth and stability). A switchable tone stack matrix delivers tones from classic American rock all the way to the deepest grinding bone crushing British import sound. The amp is advertised as pushing more gain than anyone could ever want, this beast even comes with a spring reverb.
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Video Review - Carvin BX500 Head & BR410 Cabinet

August 19, 2009
PG's Dan Berkowitz walks us through a video review of the Carvin BX500 and BR410 cabinet. The amp is a 500 watt, Class D head, which weighs a meager six pounds. The tiny head's dimensions are 3"x9"x14" and the preamp is a 3-stage, Class A, which features one 12AX7 tube. The front panel knobs include Contour, Bass, Compressor, Treble, Master Volume and a 9-band EQ.

The BR410 cabinet is made of a cross grain laminated multi-ply plywood and features internal bracing to eliminate cab resonance. It comes loaded with four heavy-duty, 200w 10" woofers, 1" Titanium HF driver.

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3rd Power Amps - HLH 100 & G-Lab Bypass Wah Demos

August 19, 2009
PG's Chris Burgess is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he swings by the TSI Distributing booth, which handles 3rd Power Amplification and G-Lab Guitar Laboratory effects.

We get to hear 3rd Power's first amp offering from their HLH 100 Series, the HD100 (a 100W head) and their unique HLH cabinets that house Celestion Vintage 30s. The hand-wired, point-to-point HD100 head comes loaded with 4-EL34s, various outputs (16 ohm, 8 or 4) 3-12AX7 preamp tubes. The speaker cabinets are designed to remove the beaming and comb-filtering of a typical cabinet. The 3rd Power guys said that when stacking three-3x12 cabinets together, you can attain a high-quality *WET/DRY/WET sound in the same space as two conventional cabinets.

The G-Lab True Bypass Wah-Pad is a full analog device that makes the use of wah-wah type effects more comfortable. As described to us by the G-Lab fellas, using a traditional wah-wah effect requires switching it ON and OFF, which forces the player to perform an additional operation during which playing is not possible. The wah-pad eliminates this operation. The wah-pad is supplied from included 9V internal battery or an external power supply adapter.

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Montreal Guitar Show Electric Room Tour

August 19, 2009
PG's Chris Burgess is On Location in Montreal, Quebec, for the 2009 Montreal Guitar Show. In this video segment, we get a grand tour of the Electric Room guided by the show's organizer, Jacques-Andre Dupont. He shows us and introduces us to several builders on the floor including, Patrick Godin of the Godin Custom Shop, Nik Huber, Jean Lamarche, Marc Lupien and several others. Some guitars are traditional, while others are of the bizarre nature - see hockey stick guitar!

Be sure to check out the video tour of the Acoustic Room and other Luthier videos.

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Montreal Guitar Show Acoustic Room Tour

August 19, 2009
PG's Chris Burgess is On Location in Montreal, Quebec, for the 2009 Montreal Guitar Show. In this video segment, we get a grand tour of the acoustic room by the show's organizer Jacques-Andre Dupont. Jacques-Andre shows us several luthers, including Linda Manzer, Alan Carruth, Maurice Dupont, Edward Klein and Michihiro Matsuda.
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Music Man Dargie Delight II & StingRay SLO Special

August 18, 2009
PG's Chris Burgess is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he visits the Ernie Ball Music Man booth. In this video segment, we get a peak at the Dargie Delight Limited Edition run of guitars and basses that feature the "Carmel Apple Delight" green finish. It comes with an ebony fingerboard on a maple neck and can be ordered on all Music Man models except the Steve Morse Y2D, Axis and Axis Super Sport.

We also get a peek at the StingRay SLO Special which features the traditional StingRay setup but comes with a slimmer, Sterling-style neck.

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Ibanez - Left-hand Vai & Satch Signatures & More

August 18, 2009
PG's Chris Burgess is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he visits the Ibanez booth. In this segment we check out several familiar models with a bit of a twist. First up is the 30th Anniversary Musician Bass, which is limited to 15 basses worldwide. The bass made famous by Sting features swamp ash body, 5 piece maple/walnut neck, ebony fingerboard and a MC30TH Special Inlay. Next up is the 20th Anniversary of the Paul Gilbert PGM100RE. It features a basswood body, 5 piece maple/walnut neck, bound rosewood fingerboard and has a H-S-H pickup configuration. Finally, the wait is over as Ibanez has released left-hand Steve Vai and Joe Satriani signature models.
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Ernie Ball Coated Bass Strings, Pics & More

August 17, 2009
PG's Chris Burgess is On Location in Nashville, TN for Summer NAMM '09 where he visits the Ernie Ball booth. In this segment, we get introduced to some new Ernie Ball accessories - Coated Bass Strings (several gauges and variations), Day-glow Guitar Pics and Flexfit Ernie Ball hats.
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Sterling AX20, AX40, Petrucci Signature & More

August 17, 2009
PG's Ben Friedman is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he visits the Sterling by Music Man booth. In this segment, we get to see several new products offered by Sterling. The AX20 features a contoured basswood body, quilted maple veneer top, 2x Sterling A5 Zebra Humbuckers and a maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard.

The AX40 has contoured basswood body with cream binding, quilted maple veneer top, Sterling double-locking tremolo, bolt-on maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard and two Sterling A5 Zebra Humbuckers.

The JP50 (John Petrucci Signature) has a baswood body, custom Sterling Petrucci Neck carve, a maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, two Sterling Modern Humbuckers and Sterling Modern Tremolo recessed bridge.

The SB14 bass comes with a basswood body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, Music Man-Designed humbucker with a 3rd hidden phantom coil and an active preamp.

The Ray34 bass features a swamp ash body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, Music-Man designed humbucker and a 6-bolt neck joint.

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Recording King Custom Shop ROS-697 & More

August 14, 2009
PG's Chris Burgess is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he swings by the Recording King booth. In this video segment, we get introduced to some of their newest offerings - Custom Shop ROS-697 and the Jubilee Series Classic Small-Body acoustic. The ROS-697 is based on a historic 1927 12th fret 000 design. It features a hand-selected AAA Sitka spruce top, Brazilian rosewood back and sides and a mahogany neck. The ebony fingerboard is inlaid with an elaborate Greg Rich-designed Tree-of-Life M.O.P inlay covering the full fretboard. There will only be 10 of these Custom Shop renditions made.

The Jubilee Series Classic Small-Body has a solid Sitka spruce top and supported with hand-shaped, fully scalloped x-bracing. The back and sides are made of figured maple. The "C" profile neck is made from a single piece of solid mahogany with traditionally styled inlay on the rosewood fretboard.

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Cole Clark - Jerry Douglas Lap Steel Jam

August 14, 2009
PG's On Location in Nashveille, TN for Summer NAMM '09 where we visit the Cole Clark booth. In this video, we get a special treat as Jerry Douglas does his thing on Cole Clark's Violap. The Violap is made with the standard Cole Clark carved top and features a hollow neck. The body has a hour-glass shape reminiscent to lap steels in the '30s. Also, it comes loaded with two humbuckers.
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AXL Guitars Badwater Series Guitars - Summer NAMM

August 13, 2009
PG's Ben Friedman is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he visits the AXL Guitars booth. In this segment we get to see several models within their Badwater Series. The guitars within this series feature distressed bodies, antiqued hardware that gives them that beaten and battered appearance. Also, the guitars come equipped with EMG-designed pickups.
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Cole Clark-Adam Rafferty Acoustic Jam -Summer NAMM

August 13, 2009
PG's On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where we visit the Cole Clark booth. In this segment, we sit back and watch Adam Rafferty rip out some acoustic jams on his Cole Clark Fat Lady acoustic/electric.
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LSL Instruments 52.5 Aged T-Bone Guitars

August 13, 2009
PG's Chris Burgess is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he visits the LSL Instruments booth. In this segment, we get introduced to some old-school, t-style guitars. T-style picker Matt Rae walks us through some tones that the LSL T-bones can produce. They feautre swamp ash bodies, "C" profile maple necks, LSL custom-wound pickups and all the metal parts, hardware and fretboards are manually aged to create a near authentic played, not beaten appearance.
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Santa Cruz Guitars 1929 OO & 1929 OOO -Summer NAMM

August 13, 2009
PG's Chris Burgess is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM where he swings by the Santa Cruz Guitars booth. In this segment we get to check out two of Richard Hoover's latest creations - the 1929 OO and 1929 OOO acoustics. The 1929 OO is a 12-fret small bodied acoustic that features all solid mahogany top, back, sides and even mahogany binding. The body and size of the OO is very similar to classical acoustics. The big brother of the OO, the 1929 OOO is a similar in body style and size to the OM, but features 12 frets and a slotted headstock with a "V" neck profile. The OOO also features solid mahogany top, back and sides.
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VHT Amps Standard Series 18 Watt Demo -Summer NAMM

August 13, 2009
PG's Chris Burgess is On Location in Nashville, TN, for Summer NAMM '09 where he visits the VHT Amps booth. In this segment, we get our first look at the hand-wired Standard Series 18 watt combo. The Standard 18 combo is a two-channel amp with classic British-amp voicing. It features 2-EL84 power tubes, 3-12AX7 preamp tubes, 1-5Y3GT rectifier tube and comes with a Celestion G12H30 speaker.

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