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NAMM 2008


Ibanez Joe Satriani Black Dog and RG7700 Series

September 2, 2008
PG's Brett Petrusek is On Location at Summer NAMM '08 talking with Ibanez's Pete Chiovarou about their latest guitars; the Joe Satriani Black Dog, RG7700XLB, RG7700XRR and the GB30TH.

More about the Black Dog:

The rumors were true. After years of calls from the legions of Satriani faithful, Ibanez was going to offer a collector's edition of virtuoso rock guitarist Joe Satriani's storied "Black Dog" electric guitar. And at the very last minute, the guitar was added to the Ibanez Booth display at the Summer 2008 NAMM musical instrument convention in Nashville.

The Ibanez JS "Black Dog" Tribute is a faithful recreation of Joe Satriani's legendary late-eighties/early-nineties axe. Like Joe's actual Black Dog, the recreation features the original pot locations and output jack style -- different than the current Satriani signature model -- as well as DiMarzio PAF Pro and Fred pickups and the original Ibanez Edge tremolo system. In addition the JS neck and finish on the Tribute are treated by Ibanez's most experienced luthiers.

But it's the Black Dog finish that especially stands out: laboriously recreated by hand, one at a time, by just one highly skilled artist, are the drawings that Joe would apply to the original Black Dog body as the spirit moved him. Ibanez took photographs of the original Black Dog and used the shots to create a sort of "graphic map" that the Japanese artist uses to render with amazing exactitude Satriani's original drawings.

The list price of the JSBDG is $7999.99, which includes many exclusive and special 20th anniversary items including an autographed copy of the Surfing with the Alien Legacy CD, a deluxe hardshell case, and exclusive Planet Waves Joe Satriani strap and Satriani Planet Waves signature picks by D'Addario Co.

The collector's item guitar is reported to be limited to 100 pieces worldwide with 60 of those destined for the United States.
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August 2008 New Products: Summer NAMM Wrap Up

July 10, 2008
We’ll take this moment to be completely honest. We love Austin as much as the next guy wearing a tie-dye “Keep Austin Weird” tee, but Summer NAMM in Nashville
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Goodall Guitars 000 and Aloha Models

July 9, 2008
Made in Hawaii, we check out Goodall's 000 and Aloha parlor model guitars at Summer NAMM in Nashville. Made out of pheasantwood and koa wood, these guitars definitely look nice.
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Benedetto Travel Archtop, Manhattan, Bravo Elite

July 9, 2008
We're checking out Benedetto's hollowbodies and solidbodies, including their Archtop Travel guitar, Manhattan, Bravo Elite and Benny Model.
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Composite Acoustics i-Series Guitars

July 1, 2008
New at Summer NAMM, Composite Acoustics unveiled its new i-Series guitars which feature the company's Integrated Top Bracing. Check out the video to hear how they sound.
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Washburn Anniversary Acoustics - NAMM 2008

May 20, 2008
Washburn celebrated its 125th anniversary with this acoustic in the style of 19th century guitars.
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Martin Flexible Core Strings

March 15, 2008
Here's the rundown on Martin's new FX Flex Core Strings.
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Randall Amps - Kirk Hammett, Michael Amott

March 5, 2008
Here's the skinny on some new signature amps from Randall: the Kirk Hammett Signature Series and the Michael Amott Signature Ninja V2.
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Dean USA Tommy Bolin Tribute Teaser

February 27, 2008
A fitting tribute to one helluva guitar player, Dean has introduced a guitar that honors his legacy. Alder body 25.5" scale, 3 single coils and "Teaser" inlayed at the 12th fret. In this video we talk to the guitar's designer, Nick Simmons, and Johnnie Bolin, Tommy's brother.
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BOSS GT-10 Part 1

February 21, 2008
Rob Marcello walks through the features of Boss' new flagship multi-effects guitar processor. It features Boss' latest custom-made DSP nad proprietary sound-modeling COSM engine.
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BOSS GT-10 Part 2

February 21, 2008
Rob Marcello uses the BOSS GT-10 to play his new song which just happens to be called, "My New Rock Song." Playing to a backing track, Marcello uses a number of tones and effects stored in the GT-10 as he shreds away.
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March 2008 New Products: Just Got Back From NAMM.08

February 8, 2008
This year’s NAMM show was a monstrous affair, to be sure. Over four days in mid-January, more than 88,000 people found their way to the Anaheim Convention Center in
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Seymour Duncan Power Grid Distortion and Twin Tube

February 6, 2008
Here's a walkthrough of two Seymour Duncan pedals that give you maximum controlled distortion in two diffrerent ways -- the SFX-08 Power Grid Distortion (available this Spring) and the SFX-04Twin Tube Mayhem (available now). The Power Grid is a high gain, solid state stomp with an active EQ section. It helps you saturate any signal cleanly, even the most precise tones from vintage pickups, and it gives you ridiculous sustatin. The Twin Tube Mayhem is a preamp with a built-in boost (4dB or 8dB, user selectable), made with Sylvania 62051 pentode tubes. Ideal for serious metal, it can also be harnessed for heavier old school rock.
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Press Conference: PRS Santana MD

January 29, 2008
These press conference highlights from NAMM '08 include comments from guitar historian Tom Wheeler, Paul Reed Smith and Carlos Santana. Among the other artists on hand for the event were David Grissom, Paul Jackson Jr., Howard Leese, Johnny Hiland and Pat Travers.
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Orange Amps OR 50 and 40th Anniversary

January 24, 2008
New for 2008, Orange Amps rolls out two killer heads at NAMM. First up is the vintage-flavored OR 50, a single channel monster with a special boost and a foot-switchable master. Also, check out the cool 40th anniversary head which will be made with 40 different circuits and given the names of 40 different girls. Jimmy Page has the first one (he's been using a version Orange's AD 30TC for a while now).
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