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LA Amp Show '09 - Matchless Amps Avalon 30 Demo

November 15, 2009
PG's Chris Kies is On Location in Van Nuys, CA, for the 2009 LA Amp Show where he swings by the Matchless Amplifiers booth. In this segment, we get our first taste of Matchless' Avalon 30 1x12 combo.

The Avalon 30 1x12 combo is a one-channel, 30 Watt (switchable to 15 Watt) Class A amp. It has 4-EL84 power tubes, 3-12AX17, 5-12AX7 (reverb) preamp tubes and 1-5AR4 rectifier tube. The Avalon utilizes an innovative new hybrid construction method which combines point to point wiring, circuit tracing, and turret style construction. Also, this model comes packed with a Celestion G12H30 speaker.

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LA Amp Show '09 - DAR Amps Tuzzia Demo

November 14, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Van Nuys, CA, for the 2009 LA Amp Show where he visits the DAR Amps booth. In this video segment, we get to see and hear from DAR's Tuzzia head and two of their unique cabs.

The Tuzzia is a 65 Watt Class A amp with 6C33B MiG tubes. For preamp tubes, it comes with 12AX7 and 12AU7. The colorful 2x12 cabinet is loaded with Celestion G12T-75 speakers and the 4x12 cab has with a pair of Celestion Vintage 30s and sledgehammer Celestion K100s.

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LA Amp Show - 65Amps 20 Watt Prototype Head Demo

November 13, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Van Nuys, CA, for the 2009 LA Amp Show where he swings by the 65Amps booth.

In this segment, we get our very first peek at 65Amps' newest (unnamed) prototype. The prototype is a 20 watt head that features a unique tone stack and undisclosed power tubes, but 65Amps' Dan Boul says that it is built upon the Lil' Elvis platform by "going vertical with it."
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LA Amp Show '09 - TomasZewicz Amps TZZ-35H Demo

November 11, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Van Nuys, CA, for the 2009 LA Amp Show where he visits the TomasZewicz Amps booth. In this segment, we get our first peek at the TomasZewicz's TZZ-35H head.

The TZZ-35H is a 35 watt, cathode bias head with a sustain feature and buffered effects loop. It comes loaded with 12DW7, 12AX7, 12AT7,12AX7 and 2-EL34s tubes. The front panel controls include Master Volume, Cut, Presence, Bass, Middle, Treble, Sustain, Drive and Pre Amp Gain.

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LA Amp Show '09 - Egnater Amps Tweaker Demo

November 10, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Van Nuys, CA, for the 2009 LA Amp Show where he visits the Egnater Amps booth. In this video segment, we get our official peek at Egnater's Tweaker head and cabinet.

The 15 watt Tweaker is said to sit in between the Rebel 20 and Renegade 30 with 6V6 power tubes. The controls include a Vintage/Modern switch, Master Volume, a USA/Brit switch, Treble, Middle, Bass, a Hot/Clean switch, Gain, a Bright/Normal switch and a Tight/Deep switch.

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Rig Rundown - Mastodon's Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher

November 9, 2009
PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Des Moines, IA, at the Val Air Ballroom where he visits backstage with Mastodon's Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher about their current live rigs.

In this Rig Rundown, Brent talks about his vintage Fender silverface combo and Marshall JMP heads. Also, he talks about his love for Gibson Les Pauls and his newly acquired Electrical Guitar Company's lucite V.

Bill Kelliher talks to us about his vintage vintage Explorers and Silverbursts and trying to incorporate his First Act 9-string into the live set a little more. In addition, he talks about his two Marshall heads (JMC 800 reissue and Kerry King Signature), Marshall and Mills Acoustic Cabs and his love for the new Morpheus Droptune Polyphonic Pitch Drop and Octave pedal.

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Rig Rundown - Dethklok's Brendon Small

November 9, 2009
PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Des Moines, IA, at the Val Air Ballroom where he visits backstage with Dethklok's (Metalocalypse) Brendon Small about his current live rig setup.

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LA Amp Show '09-Red Jones Amps 18 & 45 Watt Demos

October 27, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Van Nuys, CA, for the 2009 LA Amp Show where he visits the Red Jones Amplifiers booth. In this segment we get to hear from Red Jones' 18 and 45 watt heads. These guitar amplifier heads are based on Ken Fischer's Trainwreck amplifiers (both in circuitry, vintage parts and cabinetry), but feature many of Billy Yates' own preferences and appointments. Billy Yates (ex-Outlaws guitarist) uses a LSL Instruments 52.5 Aged T-Bone telecaster guitar.

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LA Amp Show - Bogner Amplification Goldfinger Demo

October 23, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Van Nuys, CA, for the 2009 LA Amp Show where he visits the Bogner Amplification booth. In this segment, we see and hear from Bogner's updated Goldfinger guitar amplifier head that now features 3 channels. The Goldfinger head features 6V6 power tubes, reverb controls and two separate effects loops. The head is demoed through two-2x12 cabs with Celestion speakers.

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Legato Exercises

Legato Exercises

October 21, 2009
Rusty Cooley offers up some exercises to perfect your legato technique
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Pimp Your Pedalboard: 7 Pedalboard Add-Ons to Consider

Pimp Your Pedalboard: 7 Pedalboard Add-Ons to Consider

October 21, 2009
Small things that can make a big difference on your pedalboard.
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The State of the Stomp

The State of the Stomp

October 21, 2009
What''s hot in the stompbox scene
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Video Lesson - Rusty Cooley "Legato"

October 21, 2009
PG's columnist Rusty Cooley demonstrates his November column "Legato" and its corresponding tab. This month Rusty strives to push your legato development in a one octave A Natural Minor scale. Am consists of A, B, C, D, E, F and G, resolving again to A.

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LA Amp Show '09 - Goodsell Amps Unibox 10 Demo

October 19, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Van Nuys, CA, for the 2009 LA Amp Show where he visits the Goodsell Amps booth. In this segment, we get to see and hear the Unibox 10.

The Unibox 10 is a 1x12 combo loaded with a E3 style solid pine cab and RG12 speaker. It comes with 2-6BM8s (ECL82) with a 12AX7 in the preamp and a 6X5GT rectifier. The demo model has both tube tremolo and reverb. The controls include Volume, Tone, Speed, Length.

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Video Lesson - "Open String Fling"

October 19, 2009
PG's Pat Smith walks us through his lesson "Open String Fling" published in the November '09 issue of Premier Guitar.

In this video lesson, Pat gives us some insight, advice and examples to whiz up and down the fretboard with speed and flair by using open string licks and phrases. These types of licks often heard and seen in country chicken-pickin', flamenco, bluegrass and even Pat's hero Lenny Breau. It involves adding in open strings between the fingered notes so that you get "a nutty cascade of coolness" with relative ease. In addition to the cascading coolness, you get a droning effect from the open strings creating an illusion that smear a bit and sound much bigger.

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LA Amp Show '09 - Outlaw Guitars Custom Mule Demo

October 18, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Van Nuys, CA, attending the 2009 LA Amp Show where he visits the Outlaw Guitars booth. In this segment, we get to see and hear from some of Outlaw Guitars' newest offerings.

We saw and hear from their Custom Mule which features a maple fretboard, Bigsby B5 trem and Lindy Fralin split humbuckers.

They also show off some short-scale Shotgun basses with Lindy Fralin pickups, tone-styler power source, black ash body with a lined finish. The other bass model has the same appointments but a Honduran mahogany body and maple neck.

One of their beautiful guitars is the Supercaster that is all leather trimmed, Fralin pickups, Wilkinson bridge and comes with the old school large headstock.

Next up, the Silver Stallion has a translucent finish over a spalted maple with a Honduran mahogany body.

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LA Amp Show-Brown Note D'Lite 22 w/ Pete Anderson

October 17, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Van Nuys, CA, for the 2009 LA Amp Show where he visits the Brown Note Amplification booth. In this segment, we get to hear the D'Lite 22 in action through the hands of country guitar legend Pete Anderson (Dwight Yoakam).

The D'Lite 22 is a fixed bias amp with 6V6 power tubes, 1-12AX7 preamp, and 1-12AX7 driver producing approximately 22 watts. Also, its controls on the front panel; Volume, Bright Switch, OD Switch, PAB Switch, Treble, Midrange, Bass, OD Drive, OD Level, Master Volume, Presence.

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LA Amp Show '09-Jaguar Amplification Jaguar 7 Demo

October 16, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Van Nuys, CA, for the 2009 LA Amp Show where he visits the Jaguar Amplification area. In this segment, the Jaguar 7 is demoed.

The Jaguar 7 is a class A, single-ended amp with 1-12AX7 (preamp), 1-EL84 (power), 1-GZ34(rectifier) tubes. Its a single-channel amp with low and high inputs. It has a simple layout with only two knobs - Volume & Tone.

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LA Amp Show '09 - Fender '57 Champ Demo

October 14, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Van Nuys, CA, for the 2009 LA Amp Show where he visits the Fender area. In this video segment, we get to see and hear from Fender's little '57 Champ.

The '57 Champ is a small but mighty tone machine crafted within the their '57 Tweed series. It is an all-tube 5 watt comb with a 8" Weber Alnico speaker. It features a 6V6GT power tube, 12AX7 preamp tube and 5Y3GT rectifier tube. It is covered in the traditional lacquered tweed and is hand-wired with two inputs. This little tone monster has been used by Eric Clapton, Johnny Cash, Keith Richards and countless others during recording sessions.

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LA Amp Show: Nolatone CL-15, CL-30, 22 Tango Demos

October 13, 2009
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Van Nuys, CA, for the 2009 LA Amp Show where he swings by the Nolatone Ampworks booth. In this video segment, we get to see and hear from Nolatone's CL-15, 22 Tango and CL-30 combo amps (all available in heads).

The CL-15 is a 22 watt amp with 2-6V6 tubes, GZ34 rectifier tube and 3-12AX7 preamp tubes. The combo comes loaded with a Celestion Vintage 30.

The CL-15 and CL-30 are the same amp except the CL-30 uses a Celestion Alnico Gold, while the CL-15 uses a Celestion Alnico Blue. They come with the option of switching input tubes between EF86 or 12AX7. They come with 2-EL84 power tubes (CL-30 has four) and EZ81(CL-15), GZ34(CL-30) rectifier tubes. Both designs are based on '60s Voxs, but with more girth and possible crunch appeal with a Mercury Magnetics transformer.

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