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The Year in Gear 2020

December 17, 2020
It may be the understatement of the century, but this year was weird. Even so, the killer gear kept coming. Here are the goods that stood out as extra-great amongst our annual haul of Premier Guitar reviews.
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Yamaha Releases the Peter Hook Signature BB Bass

December 2, 2020
The new model combines elements of the BB1200S and the BB734A to create a new signature model.
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Yamaha Unveils the THR30IIA Acoustic Amp

October 30, 2020
The tabletop amp features three microphone models as well as onboard effects and studio-quality delay and reverb.
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Billy Sheehan and Yamaha Announce the Attitude 30th Anniversary Bass

October 2, 2020
The limited-edition model features a high-register scalloped fretboard, DiMarzio Woofer and Will Power split pickups, and dual outputs.
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Surf with a Space-Age Samurai

September 14, 2020
Up close and personal with a mint-condition 1968 Yamaha SG-5.
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Steinberg UR-RT4 and Cubase 10.5 Demos - PG Gear Spotlight

July 29, 2020
Take a look at a powerful new USB interface loaded with Rupert Neve-designed transformers and new guitar-centric features in Cubase.
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Rig Rundown: Butch Walker

July 15, 2020
The big-hit producer (Taylor Swift, Green Day, Weezer) and guitarist opens his RubyRed Productions to catalog his custom creations from the West and Far East. Plus, he reveals how Keith Urban forever changed his guitar-playing world.
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DIY: How to String an Acoustic Guitar

June 8, 2020
Got a steel-string flattop? This quick video demos the easiest, smartest, fastest way to keep ’em fresh!
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"It’s Not Just a Gimmick.” Bumblefoot Defends Fretless Guitar—and Billy Sheehan Backs Him Up

February 11, 2020
With twin doublenecks and zero amps, the shred legends bring the heavy to their second album with prog supergroup Sons of Apollo.
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Yamaha Red Label FSX3 Review

December 12, 2019
The Yamahas you loved are back, and just might be more playable and sweet sounding than ever.
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Reader Guitar of the Month: Yamaha Pacifica

December 5, 2019
This model’s swimming-pool routing makes it a great candidate for modding.
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Mod Garage: Inside Yamaha’s Dry Switch

October 4, 2019
Passive bass-cut switches have been around since the late ’50s—maybe even longer. Here’s a new twist on a classic theme.
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Summer NAMM 2019: Yamaha FG Red Label Series Acoustics Demo

July 20, 2019
The famed Red Labels of yore get a reboot with two body types available in three trim levels, all featuring aged solid woods and an impressive 3-way pickup system.
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Summer NAMM 2019: Yamaha Storia Series Acoustics

July 19, 2019
The famed Japanese outfit sets its sites on aesthetically inclined newcomers with handsome, easy-to-play flattops boasting impressive features and prices.
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Gallery: Summer NAMM 2019 Day 1

July 18, 2019
The first day was full of interesting and weird gear from Mythos, Yamaha, Blackstar, Fender, and more!
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Rig Rundown: Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

June 26, 2019
One of Americana’s rising stars (and a son of an outlaw legend) goes deep on his vintage Gibson, using a dual-amp setup, and why he eschews most pedals.
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Yamaha Releases Storia Line of Acoustic Guitars

June 25, 2019
All three new models have FS (Concert) body shapes with mahogany backs and sides, nato necks with walnut fretboards, urea nuts and saddles, and 25" scale lengths.
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Yamaha Launches FG Red Label Acoustic Guitars

April 26, 2019
These flattops are inspired by the original FG Red Label instruments of the '60s—the company’s very first steel-string guitars, which became widely known for their high-end Japanese craftsmanship.
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NAMM '19 - Yamaha CSF-TA TransAcoustic & CG-TA TransAcoustic Demos

January 26, 2019
A pair of entry-level models get the TransAcoustic treatment.
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Yamaha Introduces the CSF-TA and CG-TA

January 24, 2019
The CSF-TA incorporates an actuator that creates reverb and chorus effects without external amplification.
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