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Specimen Products-In Progress Projects/Prototypes

May 27, 2009
Premier Guitar is On Location in Chicago, IL, where we visit Specimen Products and the Chicago School of Guitar Making. In this video segment, we get to check out some of Ian Schneller (Specimen Products' founder) collection of in-progress projects and prototypes. These ideas and concepts include a mini-Beatle bass for his daughter, ukuleles, hollow-body guitars (Royale) and his famous custom horn speakers (used by Andrew Bird).
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Specimen Products - Specimen Gallery

May 27, 2009
Premier Guitar is On Location in Chicago, IL, where we visit Specimen Products and the Chicago School of Guitar Making. In this video segment, we check out some of Specimen Product's finished instruments, amps and speakers. The video features Royale, Maxwell and Pippin guitar models, an electric mandolin, an electric ukulele and their famous custom horn speakers, which have been used by Andrew Bird while on tour.

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Specimen Products - Tube Amp Building Seminar

May 27, 2009
Premier Guitar is On Location in Chicago, IL, where we visit Specimen Products and the Chicago School of Guitar Making. In this video segment, we take an inside look at their "Tube Amplifier Building Workshop," by featuring clips of students working in the lab, first-hand testimonial and finished product demos that are said to be based on old Fender Tweed Champ and 18-watt Marshall circuits. As the video illustrates, each student is given a workstation, all necessary tools and amp kits provided by Mojo Music.

Click here for Chris Burgess' feature article on the Tube Amp Building Seminar with photo gallery.

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June '09 Media Preview

May 20, 2009
Pickin' Like Chet, From the Basement, King's X, The Black Keys, Solo Jazz Guitar books and videos reviewed
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Fender Custom '57 Twin-Amp Review

May 20, 2009
Fender''s Custom Shop ''57 Twin Reissue looks the part -- we see if it sounds the part.
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Carvin CS6M Electric Guitar Review

May 20, 2009
Carvin''s CS6M is a versatile, customizable tone machine with great build quality
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Speaker Loads and Overheating Amps

May 20, 2009
Jeff tackles a Sears Twin Twelve 1484 paired with mismatched ohms and a Crate that resets itself
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Spring Cleaning

May 20, 2009
Late-''60s to early-''70s Fenders made of mixed and matched parts: the Maverick and the Electric XII
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Effects Loops

May 20, 2009
Peter Stroud looks at the different pros, cons and options for employing or ignoring an effects loop
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Sneak Peek: Mesa Boogie Electra-Dyne

May 20, 2009
A look at the features of Mesa Boogie''s new Electra-Dyne amp
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Getting Your Gear Fix in a Down Economy

May 20, 2009
You don''t have to give up buying gear as the economy slows -- you just have to be smarter about it
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WMD Geiger Counter Pedal Review

May 20, 2009
Traditionalists need not apply - the WMD Geiger Counter delivers extreme distortion
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Takamine Glenn Frey Signature EF360GF Acoustic Guitar Review

May 20, 2009
Takamine''s Glenn Frey Signature is a simple guitar that''s great for pop and folk
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Crow Hill Guitars: La Paloma

May 20, 2009
A look at one of Erik Smith''s La Paloma, a natural beauty from Crow Hill Guitars
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Flaxwood Liekki Electric Guitar Review

May 20, 2009
Can Flaxwood''s particle-based guitars live up to solid wood?
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DDYNA Music Co Thinman OD Overdrive Pedal Review

May 20, 2009
The DDyna Thinman OD is great for classic rock and stacking overdrives
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Skatterbrane Standard Humbucking Pickup Review

May 20, 2009
Skatterbrane''s Standard Humbuckers channel the special voicing of vintage PAFs
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Peekamoose Model 3 Electric Guitar Review

May 20, 2009
The Peekamoose Model 3 is versatile, well-designed and fun to say
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Super-Vee Double-Locking Strat Vibrato System Review

May 20, 2009
The Super-Vee tackles the age-old problem of staying in tune while abusing the vibrato bar
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Black-Lighting a ’59 Fender Telecaster Neck

May 20, 2009
John Brown employs a black light to identify a refinished headstock, and help restore it to its original finish
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