PRS Paul’s Guitar review

Guitar & Bass October-8

Paul Reed Smith’s name is on all of his guitars, but this one combines his favourite features. Chris Vinnicombe takes a look… It’s 30 years since a young Paul Reed Smith took 20 guitars to The NAMM Show and announced the arrival of a new brand that would force the big American guitar companies to up their game. Informed by a decade of repairing More...

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Guitar & Bass October-14
By On Friday, September 25th, 2015

Postmodern Love – Fender Custom Shop Postmodern Journeyman Relic Stratocaster & Telecaster review

The Fender Custom Shop’s Postmodern Series cherry picks features from six decades of the company’s heritage. Chris Vinnicombe checks out a pair of electrics with vintage looks and modern, player-friendly features… It’s More...

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By On Thursday, August 20th, 2015

House Of Tone House Special S Type 1960 pickups review

Matthew Bascetta went from building violins and acoustic guitars to winding pickups, but he feels pickup winding and acoustic instrument voicing are closely related. Huw Price discovers why… Pickup winders can More...

Guitar & Bass September-25
By On Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Gretsch G9555 New Yorker Archtop with Pickup review

When rock ’n’ roll was in its infancy, most electric guitars looked like this. Chris Vinnicombe needs no excuse to go retro… The original Gretsch 6050 New Yorker was introduced as a budget archtop in the More...

Guitar & Bass August-24
By On Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Strandberg Boden 8 Custom Shop review

Despite the retro-obsessed nature of our industry, some guitar makers continue to innovate. Chris Vinnicombe takes a walk on the wild side… Full disclosure: a headless, fanned fret eight-string couldn’t More...

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By On Monday, August 17th, 2015

Danelectro DC59 12-String review

The sound of an electric 12-string unifies an extraordinarily wide range of guitarists. Marcus Leadley checks out an affordable retro option. The chime of an electric 12-string is hugely evocative. Most guitar More...

Fender Dave Murray
By On Monday, August 10th, 2015

Fender Dave Murray Stratocaster review

A new signature model for the Iron Maiden guitarist, with a high-end spec at an affordable price. Simon Bradley checks it out…   Since their kinetic 1980 debut, Iron Maiden have been at the forefront of More...

Guitar & Bass August-3
By On Friday, August 7th, 2015

Gibson Memphis ES-Les Paul Black Beauty & Epiphone Les Paul Standard Florentine Pro review

Most regard the midrange push of a slab of mahogany as fundamental to the timeless magic of great Les Paul tone. Chris Vinnicombe finds out what happens when you introduce a little air into the equation in the More...

Duesenberg DCB-BK_2PU
By On Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Duesenberg Caribou review

Duesenberg’s most individual guitar design is back, with new colours, new pickups and a revised control layout. Huw Price does the Caribou test. I was smitten by the Duesenberg Caribou when I first reviewed More...

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By On Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

D’Angelico EX Series Style B review

If the name D’Angelico conjures up an image in your mind, it’s probably something like this. Huw Price takes a closer look…     This type of instrument epitomises the 1930s jazz aesthetic and recalls More...