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December 7, 2013

Effects pedals are our drug. We’re surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of different stompboxes here at PGS and we don’t even carry everything there is to carry! However, there are a few definitive units that changed popular music forever once they got into the hands of some creative guitarists. Today in the corner, we tip our hat to these iconic pedals and the artists who turned them into legendary (mythic, even!) pieces of gear.   Arbiter Fuzz Face - Jimi Hendrix An unstoppable experimenter, Hendrix picked up a Fuzz Face when he arrived in England in the late '60s and, said as modestly as possible, the world was never the same. With his incredible chops and

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December 4, 2013

    Welcome back to the Corner!    Every once in a while, something cool falls into PGS' lap. Not just cool, actually-- more like amazing. Freaking amazing. Literally and not just figuratively amazing. Truest-meaning-of-the-word-amazing amazing. When those moments happen, we're definitely grateful. Sometimes when those moments happen and we feel grateful-- we want to pass that feeling on to a lucky someone. Maybe that lucky someone will be YOU. This week for Free Pedal Friday we are giving away a One-of-a-Kind Dunlop Fuzz Face. You think you've seen a million Fuzz Faces (maybe you have-- how many of these things have been produced in the last 40+ years, anyway?!) but you've never seen this Fuzz Face,

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November 30, 2013

Disclaimer: as always, if you have any doubts about your abilities to work with the guts of your guitar, up to and including soldering, desoldering, rewiring, etc—it’s best to just take your guitar to a professional for shielding (or any other work). There’s no shame in taking the guitar to someone who you KNOW is going to do it right—especially if it’s a valuable instrument. Of course, maybe you have a little beater guitar available that you can work on so that if you mess something up, it’s not the end of the world. You gotta start somewhere! On the whole, not many guitars are shielded coming out

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November 27, 2013

  photo via Strat Talk   Setting your intonation is surprisingly easy to do—a little practice and you’ll have it down in no time. Today in Andy’s Corner, we’re encouraging you to take that first step towards doing your own guitar setups—starting with intonation. A properly intonated instrument is one that is in relative tune to itself. It’s smart to check your intonation any time you change your strings—and smart to only set your intonation on new strings. Here’s what you’ll need to get started: • Your instrument • Guitar tuner • Instrument cable • Small Phillips head screwdriver or allen wrench

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November 26, 2013

    All Hail the Big Muff Pi, reigning king of fuzz pedals. Electro Harmonix perfected fuzz in the Big Muff Pi but has never been content to leave it at that. They've tweaked the Big Muff a zillion times, adding features, taking them away, making it bigger, and now-- making it tiny! The pedalboard-friendly Big Muff Pi Nano has been announced by EHX-- we can't wait to plug this in, especially after listening to Mr. Effectology's demo video! Watch below and read the release from EHX after the video...           The Blurb from the EHX website:   The new Nano Big Muff Pi works and sounds identical in every way to our

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November 26, 2013

We’re always on the lookout for cool new guitars—Knaggs Guitars out of Maryland first popped up on my radar from their Steve Stevens signature model, and they recently announced their new “Creation Series” guitars. Full press release below. Greensboro, MD (November 25, 2013) -- Knaggs Guitars, a Maryland USA based boutique maker of high-end, investment grade stringed musical instruments will exhibit at NAMM 2014 (Booth # 3395). In a synergistic approach to a similar customer base, Knaggs Guitars will exhibit together with Tone Merchants/Friedman amplification, David Allen pick-ups, Rock’n Roll Relic Guitars, Solo Dallas and Gravity Picks. Responding to numerous customer requests, Knaggs Guitars will introduce their ‘Creation Series’ consisting of hand built, one-off

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November 23, 2013

In a perfect world, the show goes off without a hitch. You hit your mark when the pyro goes off; you spin your guitar over your shoulder in perfect unison with your bass player; you stick the landing when you do that backflip off the Marshall stack...but as we all know, nothing's perfect. We gently combed the internet for some of our favorite concert fails-- audience and performers. Do us a favor and learn from these folks, k?! We don't ever want to feature you on this blog for the wrong reasons.   Mind: blown. Banana: unconsumed.   What even IS happening here?!   Control Alt Delete.   Somehow I don't think this is the kind

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November 22, 2013

When you think of a phaser, you very likely think of a certain iconic orange box. MXR, maker of said legendary pedal, has just announced that they are upping the ante with the new MXR Custom Shop Phase 99. This limited edition, custom shop phaser packs TWO Phase 90 circuits into one housing-- with the crazy ability to send each phaser signal to separate outputs (you can also run the circuits in series and send to one output). Since MXR essentially has the market on "phase," we can't wait to hear this one in house. Full press release below.     PRESS RELEASE: The MXR Custom Shop Phase 99 opens up the sonic palette of phasing by combining two phase 90s into

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