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Articles by Shawn Hammond

Tuning Up: Let It Ride (or “What NAMM Can Teach Us About TB”)

August 11, 2019
A double-entendre-laced love letter to road trips and gear shows.
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Quick Hit: Ground Control Tsukuyomi Review

July 29, 2019
Is this midrange booster from Montreal a panacea for getting transparent boosts and ripping leads out of your single-coils?
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Swart Stereo Master 20 Review

July 28, 2019
Think stereo amps are just for fancy delay-pedal addicts? This ingenious/delicious 6V6 design will make you think again.
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Tuning Up: The Tube That’ll Save Your Amp “Marriage”

July 24, 2019
You’re missing out if you haven’t explored the tone-rich world beyond 12AX7s.
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Summer NAMM 2019: Ciari Guitars Ascender Demo

July 21, 2019
Medical engineering genius meets luthier Joe Glaser’s guitar-building prowess in possibly the most advanced—and easy-to-use—travel guitar ever.
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Summer NAMM 2019: Electro-Harmonix Dirt Road Special & Tri Parallel Mixer Demos

July 21, 2019
Mike Matthews’ outfit debuts a shockingly affordable 40-watt pedal platform, and a stomp that lets you stack and switch effects that don’t normally play well together.
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Summer NAMM 2019: 3rd Power Amplification Dirty Sink Demo

July 21, 2019
Lush 6V6 cleans and fire-breathing brown sounds lurk in this super-portable combo.
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Summer NAMM 2019: Godin Passion RG-3 Indigo Burst MN Demo

July 21, 2019
Lace Sensors and a lovely finish grace this versatile double-cut from the Great White North.
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Summer NAMM 2019: Alexander Pedals Marshmallow Demos

July 21, 2019
What happens when a pair of pitch shifters meets up with a trio of puffed-sugar anime characters wielding infinite modulation powers?
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Summer NAMM 2019: Harry Joyce Custom 200 & Custom 30 Combo Demos

July 21, 2019
British military-spec wiring robustness and high-headroom U.K. tones converge in these KT88 and EL34 designs.
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Summer NAMM 2019 Editors' Picks Day 3

July 21, 2019
The PG editors hit up Carter Vintage Guitars one last time to wrap up the final day of the show by discussing exciting new gear from ValveTrain, Comins Guitars, Chase Bliss, and more!
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Summer NAMM 2019: Godin Fairmount Rosewood, Rialto JR & Metropolis LTD Demos

July 21, 2019
Attractive aesthetics and practical features abound on three new flattops—a parlor, a dread, and a concert.
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Summer NAMM 2019: Fishman Triple Play Connect Demo

July 21, 2019
Trigger loops from specific regions of your fretboard and conjure orchestras, a synth, a choir, or a zillion other instruments with this new pickup-and-app combo.
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Summer NAMM 2019: Spector Bass Guitars Legend Standard Series Basses Demos

July 20, 2019
Boutique-level looks and quality abound in these shockingly affordable 4- and 5-string imports from the storied bass brand.
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Summer NAMM 2019: Blackstar Amplification HT Club 40 MkII Kentucky Special & AmPlug 2 Fly

July 20, 2019
A pair of 6L6s, an Eminence speaker, and a face-slapping price make this new combo one of our favorite bang-for-buck amp deals from NAMM.
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Summer NAMM 2019: Yamaha FG Red Label Series Acoustics Demo

July 20, 2019
The famed Red Labels of yore get a reboot with two body types available in three trim levels, all featuring aged solid woods and an impressive 3-way pickup system.
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Summer NAMM 2019: Eventide Harmadillo Demo

July 20, 2019
Inspired by “brownface” harmonic tremolo circuits of yore, this new H9 algorithm can do all of that and much, much more.
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Summer NAMM 2019: Cole Clark Guitars FL2ECBLBLHUM

July 20, 2019
Who says a high-end flattop can’t rock out with its magnetic humbucker out?
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Summer NAMM 2019: Godin Daryl Stuermer DS-1 Signature Demo

July 20, 2019
The Genesis and Phil Collins sideman demos a signature solidbody with a new trem option and streamlined electronics.
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Summer NAMM 2019: Dunlop Authentic Hendrix '69 Psych Series Pedals & Gary Clark Jr. Cry Baby Demos

July 20, 2019
Four tiny stomps dish out fantastic Jimi tones with handy tweakability, while Austin’s latest blues-rock favorite son gets a sweet-sounding, R&B-friendly wah.
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