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NAMM '10 - Ibanez Steve Vai UV77REMC, RGD Models

February 11, 2010
PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM Show where he visits the Ibanez Guitars booth. In this segment, we get to check out several of their new guitar and bass offerings for 2010.

First, we get to see the new Steve Vai UV77REMC has a five-piece maple/bubinga neck, basswood body, rosewood fingerboard and DiMarzio Blaze pickups.

Next, we get to see the new RGD models, which feature three-piece maple necks, basswood body and bound rosewood fingerboards. These guitars are specifically made with the drop-tune player in mind.

Lastly, we have the Ashula fret/fretless bass. This unique bass has a jatoba/ bubinga neck, light ash body, rosewood fingerboard and features the Mono-Rail IV bridge system. Also, it comes loaded with the Sonic Arch and Sonic Arch mini pickups.

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GP-1000: Inside the Design of Lee Jackson's Rack Preamp

GP-1000: Inside the Design of Lee Jackson's Rack Preamp

February 11, 2010
Exploring the differences in years of the GP-1000 and the preamp''s evolution
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NAMM '10 - Tascam DR-08,DR-2d & DP-008 Portastudio

February 10, 2010
PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM Show where he swings by the Tascam booth. In this segment, we get to see some guitar-relevent products new to the scene from Tascam for 2010.

Their new products include a slim and sleek portable recorder (DR-08), a Linear PCM Recorder (DR-2d) and a must for a recording junkie - the DP-008 Digital Portastudio.

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NAMM '10 - PreSonus StudioLive & Studio One DAW

February 10, 2010
PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM Show where he visits the PreSonus booth. In this segment, we get to see some of their new recording products for 2010.

StudioLive is truly a third-generation digital mixer. Easier to use, better sounding, and flawlessly integrated with state-of-the-art software, it delivers the most creative environment possible for both live performance and studio music production.

Here, in one portable device, are high-headroom XMAX? microphone preamplifiers, a built-in FireWire recording and playback interface, more than 90 signal processors, a big library of DSP effects, 6 (16.4.2) or 10 (24.4.2) aux buses, 4 subgroups, extensive LED metering, mixer save and recall, channel-strip save/recall/copy/paste, talkback, and more.

Create live mixes that glisten with clarity and detail?then record and enhance the performance with the power of StudioLive.

Get creative in the studio. Build mixes, loops, sound effects, and more, then bring them out to your show and mix them with the live performance. Process channels using your favorite plug-ins and completely automate your entire performance. StudioLive revolutionizes music production, opening endless creative possibilities.

Studio One is a groundbreaking music creation and production application for Mac OS X and Windows XP/Vista that makes audio recording, MIDI sequencing, and audio mastering ridiculously simple right out of the box.

Its a creative environment built for intuitive use, speed, and efficiencyand yet its robust enough for the most complex productions. Its the DAW that a band of leading recording-hardware engineers and a team of industry-defining software-design veterans want to use for themselves. Its incredibly easy to use yet provides a wealth of professional features.

Far from just another music-production program, Studio One changes the rules of the game. Fresh code, innovative drag-and-drop MIDI mapping and plug-in management, auto-configuration with PreSonus hardware, insanely good audio quality, unlimited tracks and plug-ins per track, and a powerful, inventive Start page that literally puts the whole project right in your hands are just a few of the compelling features of Studio One.

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NAMM '10 - Taylor Dave Matthews Signature & More

February 10, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM Show where he visits the Taylor Guitars booth. In this segment, we get introduced to several new products that will be released fully for Taylor during 2010.

First up, the 8-string baritone, which has a truly unique voice, the 8-string baritone GS complements the baritones lower tonal range by pairing two octave strings with the third and fourth strings, adding a touch of upper-octave brightness without too much 12-string jangle. The result is a guitar with incredible tonal range, perfect for walking basslines and rich melodies. It features a solid Sitka spruce top and Indian Rosewood back and sides.

Next, we get to check out the Jason Mraz Signature Nylon model and the Dave Matthews Signature 914ce custom model with "Grux" inspired inlays.

Lastly, we get to check out some offerings from the Taylor Build to Order section. These guitars are one-off creations built by the Taylor upon request from direct buyers through the website or for dealers who wish to keep some BTO models in their stores.

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NAMM '10 - Egnater Amps Tweaker Demo

February 10, 2010
PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM Show where he visits the Egnater booth. In this segment, we get to hear and see one of their newest heads -- the Tweaker. The Tweaker is a 6V6 tube amp with tonal options galore that includes a voicing switch that goes from VOX to Marshall to Fender.
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NAMM '10: Guild D-55, F-50 Jumbo Custom Koa & More

February 10, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM Show where she visits the Guild Guitars booth. In this segment, we get an introduction to the some of the newest Guild models and configurations for 2010. Some of the new items we get to see our several USA models, F-50 Jumbo Koa Custom, D-55, F-50 Jumbo 12-string and many more.
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NAMM-PRS Demos Swamp Ash Special,Orianthi,DallasII

February 9, 2010
PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM Show where he visits the PRS booth. In this segment, we talk with Paul Reed Smith about what's new from his company in 2010 and the announcement of the 25th Anniversary editions on several of his models.

First up, we check out the Orianti SE Signature model that has a korina body, maple top and neck with an ebony fingerboard. It also has a PRS-style trem and PRS humbuckers in both positions.

Next is the Swamp Ash Special Narrowfield, which is the first PRS production model to feature the new Narrowfield pickups. The Narrowfield pickups focus the string attack much like a singlecoil but are hum-canceling. The result is a new sounding pickup system, which blends features of single coil, soap bar, and humbucking pickups. The Swamp Ash Special is a 25th Anniversary model and features shadow bird inlays, anniversary headstock eagle and an optional maple fretboard.

The Dallas II is a 50-watt boutique amp well suited for the working musician. While the amplifier will support many musical styles, it is well suited for the single coil player as well as anyone looking for a high quality amp with plenty of head room to support their favorite pedals. The half hand-wired and half PC board construction allows for all the quality and sound of PRSs original Dallas amplifier, but the Dallas II fits comfortably into our Tuxedo line of amps. Like the original Dallas, the Dallas II provides the classic, balanced sounds of 6L6 tubes, huge sounding cleans, and moderate overdrive.

The PRS Signature amplifier is a further refinement of the PRS Original Sewell that has been tweaked to Paul Reed Smiths personal specifications. Paul Reed Smith describes this EL34 amp as the Original Sewell on steroids. It has a simple layout with the only controls being a Bright switch, Treble, Bass and Master Volume.

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NAMM '10 - BOSS ME-25 Guitar Multiple Effects Demo

February 9, 2010
PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM Show where he visits the Roland BOSS booth. In this segment, we get BOSS' Rob Marcello to demo the new ME-25 Guitar Multiple Effects unit.

The ME-25 is packed with powerful BOSS features to make you sound like a pro, yet its as fun and easy to use as a stompbox. The built-in SOUND LIBRARY gives you instant access to dozens of classic and modern effects. Simply choose a category, select a variation, and play. Customize your sound with simple twists of the Drive, Tone, and Volume knobs. With COSM amp models onboard, plus Super Stack and Phrase Loop, the ME-25 is a dream processor for upstart guitarists who want great sound and ease of use.

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NAMM '10 - Bedell Guitars Custom Shop Models

February 9, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM Show where he visits the Bedell Guitars booth. In this segment, we get Bedell's owner/creator Tom Bedell to show us some of their Custom Shop models that can be built and spec'd out per customers requests via their website.
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NAMM: Fender Custom Shop Jim Campilongo Interview

February 9, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM Show where she visits the Fender Custom Shop booth. In this segment, she sits down and talks with telemaster Jim Campilongo about his upcoming CD, Orange, his new Fender Custom Shop Signature Top-Loader Telecaster and the Princeton Reverb (appropriately covered in orange tolex) he's using. In addition, they talk all things NYC and Fender and Jim even jams a little on his new telecaster.
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NAMM '10 - Danelectro '59 Reissues, 12-String

February 9, 2010
PG's Chris Kies is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM Show where he swings by the Danelectro booth. In this segment, we get introduced to the newest offerings from Danelectro for 2010, including a '59 Modified that is based on the guitar used by Jimmy Page during the "Kashmir" recordings, a '59 Psychedelic based on a guitar Clapton used in the 70s, Standard '59 reissues, a '58 Longhorn bass and a black 12-string.
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NAMM '10 - Orange Rockerverb 50 & Thunder 30 Demos

February 8, 2010
PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM Show where he visits the Orange Amps booth. In this segment, we get to see what's new with Orange Amps for 2010.

This year they have a new Rockerverb, the Rockerverb 50 MKII. The updated head features a new FX Loop with a transparent sound, improved reverb tone, a Mid control on the clean channel, re-designed combos with front-panel controls and a new 1x12 configuration with 2-EL34 tubes.

Next up, is the Thunder 30, which is their newest head and it aims to replace the 30 watt Rockerverb head. Also, the introduced a new 4x10 cab loaded with G10 Celestions and a new 1000 watt Terror Bass head.

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NAMM '10 - TWA Triskelion, Maxon Super Metal Demos

February 8, 2010
PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the NAMM 2010 Show where he visits the Godlyke Distribution booth. In this segment, we get to see and hear new products from Emma Effects, TWA and Maxon.

This years from Emma Effects, we get introduced to the StinkBug, ReezaFRATzitz and PsidiYAUwot. The StinkBug is a classic overdrive. The low and high controls gives a great control of the amount of mids in the pedal. Turn them both down, and the midrange comes out, but without being nasal. Turn them up, and the mids gets slightly scooped, still keeping the sound full and punchy. The PsidiYAUwot is Emma's take on a metal pedal.

The TWA Triskelion is a harmonic energizer that uses vintage Synth technology to re-shape the harmonic structure of the input signal, adding punch, clarity and depth to any guitar tone. The TK-1s specially tuned filter can create glassy clean tones, boost midrange for throaty solos, or tune your rig to the room for a wall of singing, resonant feedback. Massive amp sounds, explosive lead-breaks, infinite sustain, and downright nasty, energy-intense tones are just a few of the uses for the Triskelion.

The Maxon Super Tube Pro is Maxon's salute to the rare and highly collectible "Super Tube Screamer" from the 1980's, the new Maxon ST-9 Pro+ Super Tube takes the basic design elements of that coveted vintage model and brings them into the 21st century. Loosely based on Maxons classic 808 circuit, the ST-9 Pro+ offers a dedicated midrange control that varies the amount of Midrange boost, creating powerful, fat and heavy distortion sounds akin to a full stack amplifier. A mode switch to select from two different diode types allows the user to fine-tune the ST-9 Pro+ for use with single coils or humbuckers, while switchable 9- or 18-volt operation provides increased dynamic headroom and fuller frequency response.

The Maxon Super Metal is based on the cult-classic Super Metal pedal from the 1980's, the new Maxon SM-9 Pro+ packs sufficient firepower to accurately reproduce all the tonal evolutions of metal music over the past 30 years. The SM-9 Pro+ features Gain, Level, Scoop, and Edge controls. Gain simultaneously boosts the 1 kHz midrange band by up to 20 dB as Gain is increased. Scoop is a mid-band elimination filter that is variable between 200 Hz 2 kHz. Edge is a hi-cut shelving filter that cuts hi frequencies from 2 kHz to 15 kHz. The SM-9 Pro+ also features switchable 9 or 18 volt operation, providing sufficient heardroom with minimal compression to handle today's high-output pickups and active electronics.

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NAMM '10 - Yamaha SBG Series, SBG1820, SBG1802

February 4, 2010
PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM Show where he visits the Yamaha Guitars booth. In this segment, we get to see their updated line of SBG Series guitars.

Some of the changes to the beloved SBG Series guitars include, new hardware from Tune-o-matic and the option of having Seymour Duncan or EMG pickups. In addition, Yamaha is now offering new finishes on various models within the SBG series.

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NAMM '10 - Dean Markley CD60 Combo Demo

February 4, 2010
PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM Show where she visits the Dean Markley booth. In this segment, we get to see and hear a reissue of a 80s Dean Markley amp, the CD60 combo.

The CD60 combo was built by Ultrasound Amps and it is an all tube, two-channel combo. At the heart of the CD60, you'll find three 12AX7 preamp tubes and a power section fueled by two 6L6s, driving a special Celestion 12 Speaker. Foot-switchable Reverb and Overdrive, variable Effects, Send and Return, along with PA-In and Pre-Out jacks complete this feature rich CD amplifier.

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NAMM '10 - Yamaha Rodrigo Y Gabriela Acoustics

February 4, 2010
PG's Jordan Wagner is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM Show where he visits the Yamaha Guitars booth. In this segment, we get our first peek at the new line of Signature acoustics for Rodrigo Y Gabriela.

The line of Signature acoustics span the spectrum of style and price and built upon the platforms of the NTX and NCX series of guitars. The NTX has a more classical approach and a has a 12th fret joint while the NCX has a more modern approach with thinner bodies and thinner necks and has a 14th fret joint.

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NAMM '10 - VOX Amps AC30 Custom Demo

February 4, 2010
PG's Joe Coffey is On Location in Anaheim, CA for the NAMM 2010 Show where he visits the VOX Amplifiers booth. In this segment, we get to VOX's latest take on everybody's favorite VOX, the AC30.

The new AC30 Custom is based on the classic AC30 design.The Custom Series AC30C2 and AC30C2X offer numerous up-to-date enhancements, delivering the most versatile AC30 design in VOX history.

The AC30C2 and the AC30C2X amps make use of 3 x 12AX7 preamp tubes and use 4 x EL84 tubes to deliver 30 watts of power. The AC30C2 uses two 12" Celestion G12M Greenback speakers. The AC30C2X uses two 12" Celestion Alnico Blues. All models in the Custom Series offer a switchable 8/16 ohm output jack for powering an external speaker cabinet when you need to speak with a little more authority; using this jack will mute the internal speakers. Additionally, a 2nd extension speaker jack allows you to run an extra 16 ohm cabinet along with the internal speakers for a fuller sound.

Also, You can sweeten the sound of your Custom Series amplifier using the VOX Classic Tremolo effect. Both the speed and the depth are adjustable, allowing you to generate just the sound you want. A warm Spring Reverb is also included on all Custom Series amps, adding spaciousness to the sound. The AC30C2 and AC30C2X also include an additional tone control in the Reverb section.

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NAMM '10:Vigier GV Wood P90, Excalibur Kaos & More

February 4, 2010
PG's Chris Kies is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM Show where he swings by the Vigier Guitars booth. In this segment, we get to see their newest offerings for 2010, including the GV Wood P90, the Excalibur Christophe Godin, Excalibur Kaos and the Excess 5-String Bass.

The GV Wood P90 features the 10/90 carbon/wood bolt-on maple neck with a phenowood fretboard. It comes loaded with Amber P90s a new Vigier hard-tail bridge. It has an alder body and flame maple top.

The Excalibur Christophe Godin features the 10/90 carbon/wood bolt-on maple neck with maple fretboard. It comes with DiMarzio Tone Zone/FS1/Chopper (bridge, middle, neck) pickups and it has a Vigier 2011, non-locking trem system that moves on needles bearings.

The Excalibur Kaos is the first reverse headstock Vigier guitar. It features the 10/90 carbon/wood bolt-on maple neck with maple fretboard. It has Amber humbuckers, Vigier 2011, non-locking trem system and a killswitch.

The Excess 5-String Bass and it features the 10/90 carbon/wood bolt-on maple neck with either a maple, rosewood or delta metal fretboard. It has a quick release bridge and has an active singlecoil pickup with a hum-canceling circuit that eliminates the hum usually associated with single-coil pickups to create a true studio-quiet performance: single-coil tone without the hum.

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