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SNAMM '17 - Yamaha LJ16 Billy Corgan Signature Acoustic & BB Series Bass Demos

July 16, 2017
Find out what the Smashing Pumpkins leader tweaked on the popular jumbo and what the Japanese brand enhanced on their popular series of low-end instruments.
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SNAMM 2017 Editors' Picks Livestream Day 3

July 15, 2017
The editors gather after the final day of Summer NAMM 2017 to talk about some hip new gear from Cole Clark, Wampler, Dwarfcraft, and more!
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SNAMM '17 - Fender Ed O'Brien Strat, Brad Paisley Tele & '64 Custom Deluxe Reverb Demos

July 15, 2017
The SoCal company introduces three signature models and give the handwired treatment to an old favorite combo.
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SNAMM '17 - Swope Guitars 6-String Prototype and Dakota Demos

July 14, 2017
Luthier Chris Swope—who spent time working at Sadowsky and Gibson—brings an offset 6-string and stylish 4-string to this year's show.
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SNAMM '17 - Nu-X Effects Cerberus and Loop Core Deluxe Demos

July 14, 2017
Get hip to their new multi-effect unit that is home to delay, chorus, distortion, phaser, tremolo, and much more.
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SNAMM '17 - Gamechanger Audio Plus Pedal Demo

July 14, 2017
Hear a Latvian-born stomp that'll unleash your inner David Lynch-esque film-scoring muse.
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SNAMM '17 - Blackstar HT Venue Series MKII Demos

July 14, 2017
The popular tube-driven range of heads and combos gets updated and outfitted with new features.
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SNAMM '17 - Boss MD-500, RV-500, Katana Mini & 40th Anniversary Compact Pedal Demos

July 14, 2017
The pedal giant welcomes a reverb, modulation, and travel-ready amp to the family, while reissuing a trio of their earliest stomps.
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SNAMM 2017 Editors' Picks Livestream Day 2

July 14, 2017
Learn why the PG editors name dropped Fender, Kiesel, Yellowcake, and others from the floor on Friday.
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SNAMM 2017 Editors' Picks Livestream Day 1

July 13, 2017
Watch the PG editors talk about their favorite new gear from Martin, Nutter, TK Smith, and more!
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Quick Hit: Curtis Novak Jazzmaster Widerange Set

July 9, 2017
The former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist and frequent Fender Custom Shop collaborator hits a homer with these must-try pickups for JM nuts.
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Tuning Up: 3 Muslim Girls More Metal Than You

June 16, 2017
Witness Voice of Baceprot—three hijab-banging Indonesian teens staring down death threats and opening minds across Southeast Asia.
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Quick Hit: GFI Specular Reverb V2

May 31, 2017
Small but powerful (and deceptively simple-looking), this boutique Indonesian stomp takes some definite detours from modern reverb convention.
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Quick Hit: TWA Hot Saké

May 19, 2017
Forget Klon clones—this handbuilt stomp serves up an intoxicating variety of drive and dirt with uncommon EQ flexibility.
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Tuning Up: Chris Cornell and the Shadow on the Sun

May 18, 2017
"The only thing that stopped his inarticulate infant screams of 'Get me the fuck out of this car!' was playing Audioslave’s hypnotically soothing 'I Am the Highway,' over and over again for the last hour [of the drive]."
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Tuning Up: The Converse Inverse Universe

May 8, 2017
How exploring the beautifully strange and volatile subtleties of interpersonal communication can turn your musical world upside down.
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Tuning Up: First-World Problems and 6-String Dreams

April 18, 2017
How to prevent a fortuitous existence from taking you down the path to musical tedium.
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Quick Hit: Jonny Rock Gear Moby Depth

April 16, 2017
Montréal builder Jean-René Gosselin serves up a convincing spring reverb emulator with some intriguing twists.
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Quick Hit: Ovation Applause Elite AE44II-VV

March 20, 2017
Can this budget roundback acoustic pull off for Ovation what Squier solidbody gems have for Fender?
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6 for Swapping: 8" Speaker Review Roundup

March 17, 2017
PG corrals a half-dozen of the market’s most compelling 8" replacement speakers, from budget delights to high-end heavyweights.
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