Vintage Bench Test: 1963 Gretsch Duo Jet

Vintage Bench Test-16 opener

This classic rock ’n’ roller beloved of AC/DC’s Malcolm Young has a few issues but, as Huw Price discovers, it’s a super-cool vintage model… Although Roundups, Jet Firebirds and Duo Jets are sometimes referred to as ‘solidbody’ guitars, they’re actually semi-solid designs. This double-cutaway Duo Jet dates from 1963 and is far from More...

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Guitar & Bass February 2016-2
By On Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Novo Guitars Serus T review

Dennis Fano left the company that bears his name to found Novo Guitars. Chris Vinnicombe plays the first example to land in the UK… Dennis Fano is a name that you will doubtless recognise from its assocation More...

Guitar & Bass January-2
By On Monday, February 1st, 2016

PRS SE 277 Semi-Hollow Soapbar

Not just for metalheads, this affordable baritone from PRS is far from a one-trick pony. Chris Vinnicombe saddles up… Although PRS has built baritones in its Stevensville, Maryland facility for several artists More...

Guitar & Bass November-17
By On Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Vigier Excalibur Ultra AP review

This little black number is Vigier’s first foray into active/passive switchability – will it be a morale booster for Richard Purvis? The last time an Englishman was granted possession of Excalibur, he broke More...

By On Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Gear Of The Year 2015 – Best Electric Guitar Over £1000

The explosion in boutique guitar manufacture in recent years has not only provided well-heeled guitarists with more choice than ever, it has also put pressure on the big boys to keep highly desirable works of guitar-shaped More...

By On Friday, December 18th, 2015

Gear Of The Year 2015 – Best Electric Guitar Under £1000

Less than a grand to spend on your latest six-string squeeze? 2015’s star performers proved to be rather more niche than we might have expected, but there’s never been a better time to add 12-string sparkle More...

Guitar & Bass November-22
By On Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Feline Lion Cub review

The Lion Cub is a deceptively simple guitar, with a set-neck, all-mahogany construction. Huw Price finds it’s all in the fine details Jonathan Law set up Feline Guitars in 1997 as a Surrey-based guitar repair More...

Guitar & Bass November-31
By On Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

James Collins GTA review

Down in rural East Sussex, James Collins hand builds singular, double-cuts from beautiful timber. Huw Price tests his GTA… Should I be forced to choose a single word to describe the James Collins GTA, it would More...

Tyyster opener
By On Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Tyyster Pelti review

With its sheet metal body and internal pickup, the Tyyster Pelti is more than a retro-modernist fancy. Huw Price goes (mint) green Maybe it’s something to do with the persistent cold, or the long winter months More...

Guitar & Bass November-12
By On Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Vigier GV Rock review

The best-known electric luthier outside of the US unveils a new single-cutaway design. Richard Purvis assesses its true worth… France may not appear a very rock ‘n’ roll country. Alhough they have More...