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GALLERY: Summer NAMM 2011 - Day 1 Editors' Picks

The cool gear we saw on the floor on the first day of Summer NAMM.

Yamaha FGX700 SC
"Yamaha unveiled its new FGX700 SC which is a new take on one of its most popular models. Now with System55T (piezo, preamp, tuner) electronics, this Solid Sitka topped guitar has an MSRP of $269."

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The Return of Johnny Cash—John Carter Cash Interview
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The Man in Black returns with the unreleased Songwriter album. John Carter Cash tells us the story.

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PG contributor Tom Butwin showcases Doubleday Guitars from Austin, Texas. Founded by Walker Doubleday, the company specializes in highly customizable, hand-built guitars with a strong emphasis on craftsmanship. From the J-style Thrasher to the custom Broadwing, each guitar is designed to your specifications. Learn about their unique finishes, neck and body integration, and the blend of vintage and modern elements.

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The accomplished songwriter demonstrates his visual approach to songwriting while creating a barroom ballad.

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