Gear of the Year 2014 – Electric Guitars

Throughout each year we rate every piece of equipment under review for quality of sound, construction, value and, heck, just plain coolness. The very best of the best makes it to Guitar & Bass magazine’s Gear Of The Year issue – from acoustics both traditional and electro to electrics, basses, pedals and amplifiers too. So if you’re planning More...

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By Guitar-Bass.net On Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
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Private Collection: Rockin’ The House

David Morris has an abiding passion for quality rock instruments of the ’80s, with an impressive sideline in unique, ex-name guitars. Oh… and he’s also the MP for Morecambe & Lunesdale, with an office More...

By Guitar-Bass.net On Monday, September 8th, 2014
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Relic Guitars – The Age of Discovery

Judging by the Guitar & Bass postbag, the subject of pre-aged guitars generates as much interest and controversy as ever. The majority of letters on the subject preach allowing Father Time to work his own magic, More...

By Guitar-Bass.net On Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
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Born in the USA – Rickenbacker HQ

In Santa Ana, California, there’s a family business which makes guitars and basses with a style and a sound quite unlike any other. Join Lars Mullen as he gets the complete guided tour from Rickenbacker’s CEO More...

By Guitar-Bass.net On Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
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25 Ways to Upgrade Your Fender Stratocaster

How can you improve a guitar that’s been described as already close to perfection? Huw Price has 25 ways to make your Fender Strat play and sound better than ever before – and some of them hardly cost a bean… There More...

By Guitar-Bass.net On Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
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25 Ways to Upgrade Your Stratocaster – Part 2

We continue with the second helping of tips to fundamentally improve your Fender Stratocaster for the better… 17: Saddles Most of the changes that were instigated at Fender by the CBS management were More...

By Guitar-Bass.net On Friday, June 13th, 2014
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Whammy! The Complete Guide to Tremolo

From crude bolt-on devices for archtop guitars of the ’30s to the transposing Steinberger TransTrem of the ’80s, the tremolo has become an indispensable part of what we do. Michael Heatley tracks the story of More...

By Guitar-Bass.net On Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
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The Heritage 80 Series – Back to the Future

Gibson rediscovered its Les Paul Standard mojo with the Heritage 80 series, forerunners of the reissues you see today. Michael Stephens investigates the story of what some believe is a new vintage classic Even More...

By Guitar-Bass.net On Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
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Single Pickups – The Power of One

At the dawn of the electric age one pickup was all you got, but then came the ’50s and ’60s with switching choices aplenty. Is there still a place for a guitar with the bare minimum of electronics, reflecting More...

By Guitar-Bass.net On Thursday, February 27th, 2014
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Casting Call – The Great Stratocaster Round Up

It’s the curvy classic that can do it all, depending on the pickups of course. But will a budget model deliver the delicious sounds and slinky feel of a high-end job? Grabbing nine current Strats with prices ranging More...