April 2019

Articles by Shawn Hammond

Quick Hit: Carvin X1 Tube Preamp Review

April 18, 2019
Vai’s “Blue Powder” amp gets distilled into a hefty-ass pedal with convenient recording and practice capabilities.
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Tuning Up: The Best Van Halen Song of All Time

March 26, 2019
First cranked in the 8-track player of his parents’ ’79 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight, this tune epitomizes the glory of early Van Halen for PG’s head honcho.
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Quick Hit: Adventure Audio Glacial Zenith II Review

March 17, 2019
An expertly tuned 3-band EQ and pre- and post-drive switching options make this dirt-plus-boost box a potent board buddy.
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Tuning Up: Finding “The One”

March 13, 2019
Fidelity in your rig relationships shouldn’t be a dirty word.
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Quick Hit: Rocket Surgeon Codename: Black Hat Review

February 6, 2019
A utilitarian fuzz that refuses to play the copycat game and ends up being totally predictable … and yet somehow also refreshingly unique.
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Tuning Up: The Soul of Laura

February 4, 2019
Why Swedish post-punk outfit Division of Laura Lee claims a special spot on PG editorial director Shawn Hammond’s list of killer two-guitar bands.
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NAMM '19 - Prestige Guitars Devin Townsend Empath Prototype Signature Acoustic Demo

January 29, 2019
The renaissance metal man and all-around nice guy demos the dread he’ll be using on his upcoming solo acoustic tour.
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NAMM '19 - Crazy Tube Circuits Limelight, Falcon & Sidekick Demos

January 29, 2019
The Athens, Greece, crew shows off a versatile fuzz, a tweed-/brownface-flavored overdrive, and “the ‘80s in a box.”
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NAMM 2019 Editors' Picks Day 4

January 29, 2019
Music is Win's Tyler Larson joins the gang to wrap up this year's show by discussing new stuff from PRS, Coppersound, Chase Bliss, Benson, Ruokangas, and more.
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NAMM '19 - Ruokangas Valvebucker Demo

January 29, 2019
Finnish luthier Juha Ruokangas shares the fascinating origin story of his active pickup system driven by onboard NOS tubes.
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NAMM '19 - JAM Pedals Delay Llama, Lucy Dreamer & Doubledreamer Demos

January 29, 2019
Two of the Greek builder’s classics get the shrunken-and-simplified treatment, while another now houses two drive units with flexible internal routing options.
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NAMM '19 - Tsakalis AudioWorks Six B.O.D. Demo

January 29, 2019
What do you get when you mix a Timmy, a Bluesbreaker, and a King of Tone? Greek stompbox guru Chris Tsakalis shows us with his innovative capacitor-less tone circuit.
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NAMM '19 - Blackstar JJN20, HT20, & Super Fly Demos with Jared James Nichols

January 27, 2019
Blues-rock badass Jared James Nichols wails through his impressively versatile—and loud—new signature head and cab.
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NAMM '19 - Vox Amplification VX50GTV & VX15 GT Demos

January 27, 2019
The venerated U.K. amp brand saves backs and wallets with two incredibly light modeling combos.
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NAMM '19 - Boss Waza Tube Amp Expander Demo

January 27, 2019
See (and hear) how your stage and studio lives could get a whole lot easier with this IR-loading, variable reactive-load box/recording interface.
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NAMM '19 - IK Multimedia Axe I/O Demo

January 27, 2019
The recording gurus give us a look at their compact new guitar-centric interface.
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NAMM '19 - Electro-Harmonix Mono Synth, Attack Decay & Super Switcher Demos

January 26, 2019
Mike Matthews‘ latest stomps feature old-school synth sounds, a new take on an ‘80s EHX classic, and a powerful, easy-to-program loop switcher.
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NAMM '19 - Sound City | Fryette SC20 Head & Classic 30th Anniversary Edition Demos

January 26, 2019
Circuit-savant Steven Fryette continues his Dave Reeves-inspired amp evolution with a phenomenal-sounding 6V6 head and a paint-peeling power amp.
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NAMM '19 - Nu-X Effects Horseman & JTC Drum & Loop Pro Demos

January 26, 2019
The budget-friendly stomp maker demos a looper with handy drum functionality, as well as a $70 mini Centaur clone with “silver”- and “gold”-version modes.
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NAMM '19 - Ovation Californian Flame Maple Grand Auditorium Natural Demo

January 26, 2019
The famed builder of composite roundbacks unveils its first-ever all-solid-wood acoustic.
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