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Leni Stern is prepped to cut a track with her ngoni as her trusty Custom Shop Strat waits its turn. The guitar's weathering is the result of finish damage by mosquito spray she used while playing festivals in India and Africa.

Two combos are slimmed down for air travel, but beefy enough for a global musical adventurer. And for the ngoni.

Everybody knows it's easy to get a clean, full tone from a Fender Blues Junior and a Strat, but what about a ngoni? That's the 6-stringed Malian instrument that guitarist and singer Leni Stern has adopted as her third core voice. With three plucked and three resonating strings, and a wood, calabash, and animal-skin construction, it seems like a potential nightmare to amplify. But … with the right pickup and her little workhorse combo, she's got it dialed in both live and on her new album Dance—bright and punchy, with just the right touch of air, and a propulsive, fat snap that reveals the ngoni's role in inspiring the banjo while sounding, quite rightfully, from an older, nearly timeless place.

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PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM show where she swings by the Matchless Amplification booth. In this segment, we get to check out three of their latest products; the Avalon 35 combo (demo), the RV2 combo and some plexiglass cabs/combos.



PG's Rebecca Dirks is On Location in Anaheim, CA, for the 2010 NAMM show where she swings by the Matchless Amplification booth. In this segment, we get to check out three of their latest products; the Avalon 35 combo (demo), the RV2 combo and some plexiglass cabs/combos.

PG's Chris Kies is On Location in Van Nuys, CA, for the 2009 LA Amp Show where he swings by the Matchless Amplifiers booth. In this segment, we get our first taste of Matchless' Avalon 30 1x12 combo. The Avalon 30 1x12 combo is a one-channel, 30 Watt (switchable to 15 Watt) Class A amp. It has 4-EL84 power tubes, 3-12AX17, 5-12AX7 (reverb) preamp tubes and 1-5AR4 rectifier tube. The Avalon utilizes an innovative new hybrid construction method which combines point to point wiring, circuit tracing, and turret style construction. Also, this model comes packed with a Celestion G12H30 speaker.



PG's Chris Kies is On Location in Van Nuys, CA, for the 2009 LA Amp Show where he swings by the Matchless Amplifiers booth. In this segment, we get our first taste of Matchless' Avalon 30 1x12 combo.

The Avalon 30 1x12 combo is a one-channel, 30 Watt (switchable to 15 Watt) Class A amp. It has 4-EL84 power tubes, 3-12AX17, 5-12AX7 (reverb) preamp tubes and 1-5AR4 rectifier tube. The Avalon utilizes an innovative new hybrid construction method which combines point to point wiring, circuit tracing, and turret style construction. Also, this model comes packed with a Celestion G12H30 speaker.
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