Vintage Bench Test: 1963 Fender Stratocaster

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An original custom colour Sea Foam Green Strat is many a Fender collector’s holy grail. Huw Price finds there’s more to this guitar than just a rare finish… It’s always a thrill to play any pre-CBS Stratocaster, but largely intact examples with an original finish present an even bigger treat. The fact that our subject for this bench test More...

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By Guitar-Bass.net On Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016
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Vintage Bench Test: 1965 Gibson ES-335

With more than 50 years on the clock, this classic semi-acoustic is still in near-mint condition. Huw Price makes a close inspection… It’s never been entirely clear if ‘iced tea’ and ‘honeyburst’ were More...

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By Guitar-Bass.net On Monday, February 29th, 2016
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Vintage Bench Test: 1956 Fender Stratocaster

This barely-played 50s Strat has the unblemished appearance of a modern guitar. However, as Huw Price finds, it plays and sounds like a vintage dream… Originally given to The Music Guild in California by Fender More...

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By Guitar-Bass.net On Thursday, January 7th, 2016
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Vintage Bench Test: 1978 Zemaitis

Tony Zemaitis’ guitars became iconic thanks to the rockstars of the 1970s. Huw Price takes an in-depth look at a 1978 example… It’s no wonder so many rock stars ordered guitars from Tony Zemaitis back in More...

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By Guitar-Bass.net On Tuesday, December 1st, 2015
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Private Collection: Walter Heale – Alpha Male

Alphabetic guitarist Walter Heale is a big fan of Jazzmasters and Gretsches, often modded. He takes Lars Mullen on a tour of his enviable collection. “I’m happy to say that I am a Jazzmaster guy,” confirms More...

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By Guitar-Bass.net On Tuesday, November 24th, 2015
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Vintage Bench Test: 1967 Fender Custom Telecaster

A special place in guitar history may be reserved for pre-CBS Fenders, but Huw Price finds that this 60s Custom has many of the features of that golden age. A very long time ago, describing a guitar as ‘vintage’ More...

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By Guitar-Bass.net On Wednesday, November 4th, 2015
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Vintage Bench Test: 1954 & 1957 Gibson Les Paul Goldtops up close

Forget the flames and blingy ’Bursts, we check out two gold Les Pauls from the mid 1950s. Huw Price chooses the one that sets the Standard Welcome to the first in a new series in which we get up close and personal More...

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By Guitar-Bass.net On Friday, October 16th, 2015
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Private Collection: John Etheridge – Eclectic Warrior

John Etheridge is widely revered for his genre-spanning dexterity on the fretboard. His guitar collection is just as eclectic, as Lars Mullen discovers… John Etheridge is regarded by many a musician in the business More...

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By Guitar-Bass.net On Tuesday, October 6th, 2015
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DIY Workshop: ’57 Fender Vibrolux Project

Huw Price restores a tweed classic to its former glory and sends it back out onto the gigging circuit. Vintage bargains are still out there if you’re prepared to take the time to look around, and you aren’t More...

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By Guitar-Bass.net On Thursday, September 24th, 2015
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Private Collection: Martin Harley – Harley’s Street

Martin Harley is a highly-acclaimed lap steel slide player and collector of Weissenborn-style guitars. Lars Mullen pays him a visit… After years of touring the UK and abroad as a solo artist and fronting The More...