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Articles by Shawn Hammond

Tuning Up: A Chord, Perhaps, Mr. Creosote?

April 19, 2018
How guitarists are like the most disgusting character in Monty Python’s history.
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Quick Hit: Schuyler Dean Jazzmaster Gold Foil Set

March 29, 2018
Offset meets Teisco meets Danelectro meets Tele, anyone?
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Quick Hit: Red Hawk Effects Raven

March 22, 2018
A Brazilian take on ’60s Fuzz Faces serves up some gorgeous germanium and silicon sounds at an incredible price.
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Tuning Up: The Transformational Reverb Sandwich

March 19, 2018
Signal-chain placement can make or break a lot more than just your fuzz or wah pedals.
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NAMM '18 - Bose S1 Pro Multi‑Position Bluetooth PA System Demo

February 15, 2018
The pro-audio gurus demonstrate a remarkably small, powerful, and great-sounding acoustic-amp option.
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NAMM '18 - Hughes & Kettner Era 2 Demo

February 15, 2018
Hankering for a bigger, more powerful version of the German amp maker’s acoustic blast box? Search no more!
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NAMM '18 - Benson Amps The Sorcerer Ryan Adams Signature Amp Demo

February 15, 2018
A collaboration with Ryan Adams and Chase Bliss Audio’s Joel Korte yields one of the coolest-sounding amps of the entire NAMM show.
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NAMM '18 - Genzler BA12-3 SLT Demos

February 15, 2018
A powerful and unique bass-speaker array joins the family of ultra-reasonably priced amps.
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NAMM '18 - Solodallas SD-50 and Solo71 T-Top Humbucker Demos

February 15, 2018
The AC/DC gear nuts unveil their take on the amp head and classic PAF humbuckers that powered Angus Young’s vintage SG.
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NAMM '18 - Cole Clark FL2EC BEM & Long Lady Series Basses Demos

February 15, 2018
The Australian acoustic outfit continues exploring new timbre timbers—and a whole new foray into boutique solidbody basses.
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NAMM '18 - Sublime Guitars Tomcat Standard, Tomcat Deluxe & Chieftain Standard

February 15, 2018
A unique global parts-sourcing model yields three compellingly priced new electrics.
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NAMM '18 - Bigtone Studio Plex 22, Studio Lux 22 & Club 20 Demo

February 15, 2018
Three new Spanish-built 6V6 designs—including one built at the behest of Billy Gibbons.
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NAMM '18 - Mayones Regius CoreGuard 6 Master Builder Demo

February 8, 2018
The innovative Polish crew demos a range of elegant shred machines—including one whose carved top seamlessly incorporates a beautifully sculpted pickguard.
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NAMM '18 - NS Design NXTa Radius Bass Demo

February 8, 2018
Trailblazer Ned Steinberger’s organically styled latest conjures an array of classic tones via a new super-capacitor-driven circuit.
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Tuning Up: Mattress Practice (Not As Tawdry As It Sounds)

February 8, 2018
How mental woodshedding can lead to better tones, riffs, songs, and … sleep?
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NAMM '18 - Mad Professor Little Tweedy Drive & Kosmos Demos

February 7, 2018
Finnish tone-chaser Harri Koski comes to Anaheim a little retro and a little spacey—with some twists.
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NAMM '18 - J. Rockett Mark Lettieri Melody Overdrive, Squeegee, Touch, Steampunk & Immortal Demos

February 7, 2018
The Klon-code crackers debut a line of smaller $99 stomps, as well as a signature Q-series box for the popular Snarky Puppy guitarist.
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Quick Hit: Lehle Mono Volume 90

February 1, 2018
Seventies sneaker vibes meet 21st-century fidelity and flexibility in this quality German design.
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NAMM '18 - Boss GT-1000 Guitar Effects Processor Demo & Katana Air

January 31, 2018
The stompbox vets' new tone-stacked board features AIRD (Augmented Impulse Response Dynamics) technology that aims for more nuanced, three-dimensional cab simulations.
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NAMM '18 - Joe Gore Pedals Purr Vibrato, Cult, Screech Octave Fuzz, and Porkolator Demos

January 30, 2018
The PG contributor details and plays through a handful of his latest noisemakers and tone annihilators.
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