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Articles by Shawn Hammond

NAMM '18 - Dingwall D-Bird Standard Demo

January 28, 2018
The boutique-bass builder's multiscale "Lamborghini" interpretation of the famous silhouette features a cool new three-pickup array that can conjure a multitude of tones via a 4-way rotary switch.
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NAMM '18 - Washburn RSD135, Timeless Collection & USA Custom Shop Michael Sweet Signature Demos

January 28, 2018
Hear two new flattops and learn about a screaming signature V.
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NAMM 2018 Gear-Guru Livestream: Stompbox Heavyweights

January 28, 2018
Electro-Harmonix's Mike Matthews and EarthQuaker Devices' Jamie Stillman talk about what's currently inspiring them in their evolving take on effects, and the "basic rules" for surviving in the cutthroat world of pedal building.
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NAMM 2018 Editors' Picks Livestream Day 3

January 27, 2018
Watch the PG crew discuss favorites from Abasi Guitars, Collings, Death by Audio, Crazy Tube Circuits, and more.
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NAMM 2018 Gear-Guru Livestream: The Wild Pedal Frontier

January 26, 2018
Weirdo-pedal builders Ben Hinz from Dwarfcraft Devices and Oliver Ackermann from Death by Audio talk about about their first pedal builds, what inspired them to get into stompbox design, and the surprising kinship they feel with digital-modeling engineers.
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NAMM 2018 Editors' Picks Livestream Day 2

January 26, 2018
The PG crew convenes to discuss the day's coolest finds, including gear from Alexander Pedals, Oni Guitars, L.R. Baggs, Eventide, JHS, and more.
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NAMM 2018 Editors' Picks Livestream Day 1

January 25, 2018
The PG editors share their favorite finds from the first day of NAMM.
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Together PANGEA: Okay with Not Having Sh!t Quite Figured Out

January 22, 2018
SoCal DIY garage-punks William Keegan, Danny Bengston, and Roland Cosio open up about cold, hard career realities and staying true to themselves on their catchy new LP, Bulls and Roosters.
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Quintessential Rock Rigs by Decade

January 9, 2018
A comprehensive look at the guitars, amps, and effects that defined rock movements from the 1950s to today.
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Tuning Up: My Rigs by Decade

January 9, 2018
Inspired by our recent “Quintessential Rock Rigs by Decade” feature, PG’s head honcho reminisces about the rigs that epitomize his guitar-playing years.
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Quick Hit: SoundBrut DrVa

January 3, 2018
A Swedish outfit’s debut op-amp drive and “Varitone”-style MOSFET boost serves up a refreshing array of lush-to-sick sounds.
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Gretsch G6609TFM Players Edition Broadkaster Review

December 5, 2017
New-design Full’Tron pickups turn a familiar semi-hollowbody into a potent axe that’ll wow fans of both vintage Gretsch sounds and sparkling modern tones.
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Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien: Hail to the Texturalist

November 28, 2017
After decades of avoiding guitar interviews, the 6-string “sweeper” gratefully ruminates on his journey in one of modern rock’s most celebrated—and confounding—bands.
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Quick Hit: Baroni Lab Mini Amp 50 Review

November 28, 2017
With remarkably tube-like responsiveness and nice extras, this class-D amplifier-and-distortion-box combo packs impressive punch.
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Tuning Up: Bullsh*t Soundscapists vs. True-Blue Bloozmeisters

November 26, 2017
Get ready to enter the flag-waving purist’s No Spin Zone—where fired-up traditionalists stick it to insulting shoegazers!
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Fender ’64 Custom Deluxe Reverb Review

November 9, 2017
A long-overdue handwired classic knocks it out of the park with tones and no-brainer mods that more than justify the price.
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Tuning Up: Fingertip Trips & the Rule of the Thumb

November 8, 2017
How exploring guitardom’s least-talked-about picking technique can humanize your playing and open vast new vistas in your repertoire.
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Quick Hit: SviSound Techno-FA

November 6, 2017
This pint-sized, Premier Gear-winning analog phaser gives all but the most full-featured swooshers a serious run for their money.
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Tuning Up: Junkie Medicine for Sad Sacks & Mofos

October 15, 2017
A shred god’s snide declaration sets off PG’s editorial director (again) and gets him ruminating on what unites the unwashed guitar masses.
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Quick Hit: Outlaw Deputy Marshal

October 9, 2017
Can a 40-buck dirt box really put plexi tones on your board?
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