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Shawn Hammond

Shawn Hammond

Premier Guitar editorial director Shawn Hammond oversees planning, management, and execution of all PG articles, videos, audio, and social-media activity. He has a degree in journalism from Brigham Young University, and a long history in guitar journalism predating his tenure at PG.

ARTICLES

Wild Custom Gyrock Demo | NAMM 2020

January 18, 2020
Six rotatable pickups in a single guitar at the same adds up to a lot of tonal options—and there are even more pickup modules waiting for sweet swapping action.
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Harmony Juno & Comet Demos | NAMM 2020

January 18, 2020
The storied vintage brand debuts its modern take on the '50s Stratotone, as well as its first set-neck semi-hollowbody since relaunching.
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Spector Euro Classic 4- & 5-String Bass Demos | NAMM 2020

January 18, 2020
In an homage to its '80s origins, the famous carved-top low-ender goes back to its classic pickup and electronics configuration.
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Nu-X Melvin Lee Davis Bass Preamp + DI Demo | NAMM 2020

January 17, 2020
The Lee Ritenour and Chaka Khan bass guru gets a signature DI optimized for extreme low end.
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Friedman Amplification Jake E. Lee, Steve Stevens & Twin Sister Head Demos | NAMM 2020

January 17, 2020
The heavyweight sidemen get updates to their ripping heads, and Dirty Shirley gets a great-sounding new sibling.
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PRS Silver Sky John Mayer Signature & S2 McCarty 594 Thinline Demos | NAMM 2020

January 17, 2020
John Mayer’s go-to solidbody gets a maple fretboard, and one of Paul Smith’s most famous designs comes in at a new nice price.
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PRS Dustie Waring DW CE 24 Floyd Demo | NAMM 2020

January 17, 2020
Between the Buried and Me’s guitar juggernaut evolves his axe—and for less cash.
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Matthews Effects The Futurist MIDI Controller Demo | NAMM 2020

January 17, 2020
Smallest MIDI controller ever? Maybe! It's incredibly flexible—and expandable—too.
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Soldano SLO100 & SLO30 Amp Demos | NAMM 2020

January 17, 2020
The legendary builder refines the amp played by Clapton, Knopfler, and DeMartini, and offers a delectable new 30-watt version.
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Synergy Steve Vai Signature Amp Module Demo | NAMM 2020

January 17, 2020
The shred lord’s latest features two channels—one based on his Carvin Legacy head, and one based on Synergy’s Bman module.
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Is a Nice Volume Pedal Worth $140?

January 2, 2020
Especially when competing designs with shrunken footprints have upped the ante? The PG Xotic 250k Volume Pedal review.
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Why Do So Many Posers Play “Offset” Guitars?

December 31, 2019
True or False: To distract from the fact that they couldn’t play their way out of a paper bag.
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Tuning Up: Be Your Own Freaking Decluttering Diva

December 8, 2019
You don’t have to follow some social-media megalomaniac to clean up your rig. Here are some ideas, sans the photoshopped B.S.
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Quick Hit: Electro-Harmonix Nano Operation Overlord Review

December 6, 2019
Mike Matthews’ feature-packed latest aims for budget-conscious MVP status as an overdrive for guitar, bass, and beyond.
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Quick Hit: Prescription Electronics C.O.B. Review

November 17, 2019
The boutique 1990s octave-fuzz is back, with mouthwatering tones and improved pedalboard friendliness.
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Tuning Up: Satan, Schmatan—All Hail Gorgoroth!

November 7, 2019
Yes, their shtick/supposed beliefs are silly, but the Norwegian black metal vets are some of the most legit song crafters in heavy music.
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Quick Hit: Hamstead Odyssey Review

October 30, 2019
Three choices each for input-gain, EQ mode, and clipping circuits add up to impressive boost, overdrive, and distortion flexibility.
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Breath of Something Big: Jersey Girl Homemade Guitars

October 18, 2019
Luthier Kaz Goto on the astonishing guitars, pedals, and straps crafted in his countryside shop in Hokkaido, Japan.
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Tuning Up: Are We Doomed to Be “Inbred” Bores?

October 9, 2019
CAUTION: 24/7-guitar-nerd mentality can spectacularly backfire.
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Anasounds Element Review

September 25, 2019
Spring-reverb junkies rejoice: This brilliant offering from France puts three amp-rivaling ambience options right on your pedalboard.
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