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Factory Tours

Jackson Guitars & Charvel Guitars Factory Tour
Jackson Guitars & Charvel Guitars Custom Shop Tour

John Bohlinger and the PG video crew head west to explore the two brands that helped spark hot-rodding instruments and tricking out "super strat" shredsters. Talented master builders Pasquale “Pat” Campolattano, "Metal" Joe Williams, and Dave Nichols (aka “Red Dave”) unlock the door to their twisted sanctuary and let the sawdust fly showing us their hands-on approach to building drag-racing guitars.

With a team of experts on hand, we look at six workhorse vintage amps you can still find for around $1,000 or less.

If you survey the gear that shows up on stages and studios for long enough, you’ll spot some patterns in the kinds of guitar amplification players are using. There’s the rotating cast of backline badasses that do the bulk of the work cranking it out every day and night—we’re all looking at you, ’65 Deluxe Reverb reissue.

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Bad Cat Returns! Black Cat, Hot Cat, Lynx, & Cub Demos

John Bohlinger and the PG video crew visit the SoCal HQ of the revamped amp builder that has a growl for every guitarist.

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Wax-Potting Pickups at Seymour Duncan

Derek Duncan walks us through the process that helps pickups be less microphonic.

Why Paul Reed Smith Started Building Guitars

John Bohlinger discusses what sent the influential luthier down the path of designing and building instruments.