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Articles by Shawn Hammond

Summer NAMM 2019: Martin Little Martin Series, Junior Series & D 16E Demos

July 20, 2019
We take a look at changes to the revamped 16 series, a new Little Martin, and new Junior acoustics.
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Summer NAMM 2019 Editors' Picks Day 2

July 19, 2019
The PG crew meets up again at Carter Vintage Guitars to talk about highlights from Fishman, Electro-Harmonix, Revv, Rivolta, and more!
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Summer NAMM 2019 Editors' Picks Day 1

July 19, 2019
Our crew meets up at Carter Vintage Guitars to give a quick rundown of the most head-turning things they saw on their first day at the Nashville gear expo.
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Summer NAMM 2019: Yellowcake Pedals Psychotropia Demo

July 19, 2019
Looking for a stomp that sounds like an acid-tripping envelope filter? This one’s even got tap tempo.
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Summer NAMM '19: Epiphone Vivian Campbell Holy Diver LP & George Thorogood White Fang ES-125 TDC Demos

July 19, 2019
The Def Leppard veteran gets a signature blast from his Dio past, while the “Bad to the Bone” rocker puts his name on a sharp-looking hollowbody.
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Summer NAMM 2019: Vox Amplification Mini Superbeetle Bass & Startstream Bass Demos

July 19, 2019
The famed U.K. amp outfit comes to Nashville with a lovable little 50-watt bass amp outfitted with a 10" speaker, 4-band EQ, and onboard compression and ’60s-style fuzz circuits.
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Summer NAMM 2019: Lowe Custom Guitars Joe Sanders Signature Chromasonic

July 19, 2019
Florida luthier Brad Lowe treks to his first NAMM to show off a snazzy-looking solidbody sporting unusual Fralin pickups.
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Summer NAMM 2019: Yamaha Storia Series Acoustics

July 19, 2019
The famed Japanese outfit sets its sites on aesthetically inclined newcomers with handsome, easy-to-play flattops boasting impressive features and prices.
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Summer NAMM 2019: Gibson Lee Roy Parnell '59 LP, Dave Amato Les Paul Axcess & '62 Brian Ray SG Jr

July 19, 2019
Give a listen to new signature models for a country legend, McCartney's sideman, and REO Speedwagon’s lead man.
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Quick Hit: Celestion Ruby Review

June 16, 2019
A mellow but vivacious alnico-based blaster.
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Quick Hit: MidValleyFx Mad Robot Review

May 20, 2019
This raunchy, oscillating-octave fuzz wants you to do naughty, naughty things.
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Gamechanger Audio: Robots, Bug Zappers & Motor-Driven Dreams

May 9, 2019
Ilja Krumins’ metamorphosis from psychobilly raver to being one of the gear industry’s most ambitious visionaries.
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Tuning Up: Why Does Everyone Hate My Favorite Band?

May 7, 2019
A solemn lamentation for the genius of an underappreciated Seattle quintet that is no more.
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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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