April 2019

Articles by Shawn Hammond

NAMM '19 - Supro Blues King 12, Silverwood, Analog Delay Demos with Richard Fortus

January 26, 2019
The revived brand of yore demos a 6L6-powered, tweed-toned 15-watter, and their most affordable solidbody ever.
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NAMM 2019 Editors' Picks Day 3

January 26, 2019
Juan Alderete and Nick Reinhart from Pedals and Effects join the PG gang to talk about new noise machines from Beetronics, Synergy, Blackstar, Nordstrand, and more.
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NAMM '19 - PRS SE Paul's Guitar, CE 24 Semi-Hollow & McCarty 595 Hollowbody Demos

January 25, 2019
Paul Smith’s upscale personal solidbody gets reinvented at the sub-$1,000 mark, and impressively equipped hollow- and semi-hollow axes make their debut.
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NAMM '19 - Marshall Studio Classic (JCM800 2203) and Studio Vintage (JMP 1959SLP) Demos

January 25, 2019
Two vaunted amp heads—the Super Lead and the JCM800—get distilled into impressive-sounding 20-watt incarnations with a smaller footprint, power scaling, and DI outputs.
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NAMM '19 - Headrush FRFR-108 Demo

January 25, 2019
The multi-effector specialists show us their scaled-down, 1000-watt (peak power) 2-way speaker cabinet for modeling devices.
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NAMM '19 - ESP LTD RM-600 Reba Meyers Signature Viper Demo

January 25, 2019
Reba Meyers, guitarist for hardcore outfit Code Orange, demos her new signature Viper model.
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NAMM '19 - Epiphone Dave Rude Flying V and Jared James Nichols "Old Glory" Les Paul Demos

January 25, 2019
Dig Halestorm, Tesla, and/or stripped-down Les Paul sounds? Then check out the classic brand’s latest signature solidbodies.
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NAMM '19 - Taylor Guitars Builders Edition 517e, 717e & 512e 12 Fret Demos

January 25, 2019
Master Builder Andy Powers demos the new slope-shouldered, old-school-voiced body style that inspired the company’s recent V-Class innovations.
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NAMM '19 - Eventide Rose Demo

January 25, 2019
The tech gurus’ latest combines a whopping 50 seconds of delay-time/modulation functionality with an op-amp input stage that yields bucket-brigade-like warmth.
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NAMM '19 - Orange Pedal Baby 100 & Trem Lord Demos

January 25, 2019
The storied U.K. outfit shakes things up with a compact, solid-state platform for pedals, and an American-toned combo with the ability to switch between two trem speeds.
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NAMM '19 - Ibanez RGA61AL & S61AL Demos

January 25, 2019
PG takes a listen to two new Axion Series throwdown machines, one with Bare Knuckle Aftermath pickups, and the other with Fishman Fluence Modern ‘buckers.
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NAMM '19 - Martin Guitars D-18 Modern Deluxe, Road Series & Dreadnought Jr Demos

January 25, 2019
The acoustic mainstay demos new Modern Deluxe, Road Series, and Dreadnought Jr. instruments.
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NAMM '19 - Tech 21 Geddy Lee SansAmp YYZ & Paul Landers Signature Fly Rig Demos

January 25, 2019
Analog-amp-modeling pioneer Andrew Barta shows us the legendary Rush bassist’s streamlined preamp pedal, as well as Rammstein guitarist Paul Landers’ custom multi-effector.
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NAMM 2019 Editors' Picks Day 2

January 25, 2019
Session guitarist/demo guy extraordinaire (and PG Tone Tips columnist) Pete Thorn joins us to discuss the latest gear from Ernie Ball, Alexander Pedals, Waterloo, Sound City, and more.
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NAMM 2019 Editors' Picks Day 1

January 24, 2019
Watch Bobb Bruno of Best Coast join the PG crew to discuss highlights from the day, including new stuff from Taylor, Dunlop, Ibanez, Fender, and more.
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Quick Hit: SoloDallas TSR4 Schaffer Replica Classic Review

January 6, 2019
“Angus in a box”? Perhaps. But even tone weirdoes will be intrigued by this companding circuit’s unique, quasi-gated overdrive textures.
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Tuning Up: The Scarlet Letter of Artifice

January 4, 2019
The perils of the “fake it till you make it” mentality in music.
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Life on the Edge of a Knife: Ergon Guitars’ Adriano Sergio

January 3, 2019
The improbable journey from passionate woodworker to jazz bassist, navy SEAL, touring road tech for metal giants, and, finally, to luthier of exquisite handmade instruments.
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Quick Hit: Dophix Nettuno Review

December 17, 2018
Looking for violin-toned fuzz? This halo-wearing silicon fuzz from Florence makes it a cinch to dial.
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Tuning Up: The Vintage Legitimization Myth

December 5, 2018
Why do we love the lusted-after gear of yore? It’s a lot more complicated than we’d like to think.
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