April 2020
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

ThorpyFx Heavy Water - homepage

One Boost Pedal to Rule Them All?

April 1, 2020
Yeah, it does “pristine,” but it also offers ferocious, incredibly touch-sensitive fuzz—minus the noise. The PG ThorpyFX Heavy Water review.
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May20 Tuning Up Celine Dion homepage

A Toast to Celine & a Middle Finger to COVID-19

March 22, 2020
F*@# you, coronavirus—our hearts will go on!
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Danelectro The Breakdown - homepage

Danelectro The Breakdown: The Premier Guitar Review

March 8, 2020
Tone freaks, take note: It’s badass—but not just for the usual “bang-for-buck” reasons.
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Tuning Up

And the Award for Craziest New Pedal Goes To….

March 1, 2020
No, this isn’t an early April Fool’s post.
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OFPX - homepage

This Stompbox Wants to Be Your Bass Player

February 14, 2020
It offers low-octave action on your three bottom strings, leaving the top three alone—but does it sound like a bass? The PG OPFXS Dig Deep Quick Hit review.
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tuning up - dark helmet - homepage

Why Is PG’s Editorial Director Such a Poser?

February 3, 2020
Rise up, one and all—the guitar-media literati are desecrating your sacred cows!
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ENKI

ENKI AMG Professional Guitar and Bass Cases | NAMM 2020

January 24, 2020
Cushy, model-specific interiors meet lightweight-but-tough-as-nails materials in these intriguing new options for road warriors.
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huss and dalton

Huss & Dalton Statesboro SC Classic Custom Demo | NAMM 2020

January 23, 2020
Yes, they still make luxurious acoustics, but now they’ve also got a lovely Lindy Fralin-equipped single-cut.
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foxgear

Foxgear Anubi Ambient and Modulation Demos | NAMM 2020

January 23, 2020
The Italian effect crew packs this pair of pedals with warbling, atmospheric algorithms.
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red panda

Red Panda Context 2 Demo | NAMM 2020

January 23, 2020
The atmospheric reverb-plus-delay for the experimental set evolves with a bevy of powerful new features.
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modulus

Modulus Basses Modern J5 RevOLite Demo | NAMM 2020

January 23, 2020
Legendary lightness and rigidity converge with absolutely thumping lows in a dynamic new fiver.
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Tskalis

Tsakalis AudioWorks Molecular Boost and MultiCab MkIII Demos | NAMM 2020

January 23, 2020
Iconic mic, power-amp, and cab simulations make for an incredibly handy DI, while DIP switches for different EQ responses embolden a mini-but-mighty boost.
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Henriksen

Henriksen The Bud Head & Forte Demos | NAMM 2020

January 22, 2020
Bluesy tones come to the previously jazz-centric amp line, while the company’s flagship is now available as a head.
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TWA

Totally Wycked Audio Wahxidizer & Microchasm Demos | NAMM 2020

January 22, 2020
Witness one of the show's weirdest/coolest fuzzes, and see how the octave-down function from TWA’s more complex Great Divide pedal gets distilled into a simpler, tidier footprint.
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Maxon

Maxon Apex 808 Demo | NAMM 2020

January 22, 2020
Hear the world-famous OD808 alongside creator Susumu Tamura’s new iteration based on his favorite 808 of all time.
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Walrus

Walrus Audio Mako Series D1 Stereo Delay & Julia MkII Demos | NAMM 2020

January 22, 2020
The debut Mako series stomp features a robust SHARC processor, 128 preset slots, and vibey “tape age” and delay-attack functions.
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Dedalo

Dedalo FX Beat Demo | NAMM 2020

January 22, 2020
The Argentine outfit shows off its new beat creator featuring unusual bit-crushing effects.
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Two-Rock

Two-Rock TS1 & Silver Sterling Signature Demos | NAMM 2020

January 22, 2020
Muscular tones, precision-dialed FET fatness, and gorgeous suede coverings—what’s not to love?
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positive grid

Positive Grid Spark Demo | NAMM 2020

January 21, 2020
SmartJam performance-analyzing technology boosts this app-enabled practice partner’s fun factor.
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NAMM 2020

NAMM 2020 Editors' Picks

January 21, 2020
After four exhausting days of scouring the halls of NAMM, we present you with a collection of gear that stood out from the pack.
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