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Guitarist

June 2020

Guitarist is the longest established UK guitar magazine. You'll find authoritative gear reviews, artist interviews, technique lessons and advice. Plus, Guitarist's digital edition now includes all of the same audio and video content as the print edition; available to download from a special area of the Guitarist website!

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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
home, sweet home…

My own reminiscences about Paul Reed Smith’s guitars begin around 1992. Up until that point, all I had seen from the company was its 24-fret neck models and, call me strange, but I have never got on with 24-fretters. But then, one day the brand-new Custom 22 came into the Guitarist office and my heart skipped a beat. Okay, that might be a little bit of an exaggeration, but I was assigned to review the guitar, which meant I had an extra dose of ‘hands on’ with the instrument. We’ve all had that experience where you’re desperately trying to justify yet another guitar joining the family to both yourself and your partner, and, in the end, I had to bid the 22 a fond farewell and it disappeared from my…

8 min.
new romantic

Increasingly, Eastman guitars are becoming the alternative choice to many longer-standing USA companies. The brand builds its guitars in Beijing, China, but uses a considerable number of consultants in Europe and America to design and constantly evolve its ranges. A recent tie-up with Dana Bourgeois, for example, promises a great deal for its acoustic programme. Eclectic maker Claudio Pagelli has his own Eastman-made design, while archtop maker Otto D’Ambrosio not only has his own El Rey signature models but heads up Eastman’s USA design and custom shop in California. Us rock ’n’ rollers might not have heard of Otto, but his involvement with Eastman dates back nearly two decades, just as he was starting out building archtops in New York. This particular model, Romeo, started from a question, as Otto explains…

1 min.
eastman romeo

PRICE: £1,950 (inc case) ORIGIN: China TYPE: Single-cutaway thinline semi-hollowbody BODY: Solid spruce carved top with f-holes, laminate mahogany back and sides NECK: Lightly figured Maple,‘traditional even C’ profile SCALE LENGTH: 629mm (24.75”) NUT/WIDTH: Bone/43.92mm FINGERBOARD: Ebony, pearl dot inlays (with half circle pearl side markers), 305mm (12”) radius FRETS: 22, medium/jumbo (Jescar FW47104) HARDWARE: Gotoh GE-104B tune-o-matic bridge and GE101A stud tailpiece (nickel), Gotoh 510 HAP tuners (aged nickel) STRING SPACING, BRIDGE: 52mm ELECTRICS: 2x Lollar custom-wound Imperial humbuckers, 3-way toggle pickup selector, master volume and individual pickup tone controls WEIGHT (kg/lb): 2.41/5.3 OPTIONS: None RANGE OPTIONS: The Romeo-SC (£1,950) swaps the Lollar pickups for a Seymour Duncan Tele-style Vintage Stack at the neck and a full-size ’59 at the bridge LEFT-HANDERS: No FINISH: Golden ’Burst (as reviewed): all gloss nitro-cellulose Eastman Guitars www.eastmanguitars.eu Guitarist would like to thank Music Street for the loan of this guitar…

8 min.
celebrate in style

As the original PRS guitar, the 24-fret Custom has certainly earned its place in guitar history. For this milestone year there are three celebratory models – all Custom 24s – starting at the SE level then moving to the USA for the S2 and topped off with the ultimate Core version. While the Custom itself has constantly evolved over three-and-a-half decades and been the start point for the majority of subsequent PRS designs, it remains very much a halfway house between a Les Paul and a Stratocaster. In simple terms, it has the wood choice and construction style of the former but with the double-cutaway style and vibrato of the latter. A perfect hybrid? Its detractors, however, see this duality as its biggest failing: it’s not a Les Paul and it’s…

1 min.
prs s2 35th anniversary custom 24

PRICE: £1,799 (inc gigbag) ORIGIN: USA TYPE: Double-cutaway solidbody electric BODY: Mahogany with chamfered edge figured maple top NECK: Mahogany, Pattern Regular profile, glued-in SCALE LENGTH: 635mm (25”) NUT/WIDTH: Friction reducing/42.16mm FINGERBOARD: Rosewood, bird inlays, 254mm (10”) radius FRETS: 24, medium HARDWARE: PRS patented vibrato (cast), PRS designed low mass locking tuners – nickel-plated STRING SPACING, BRIDGE: 52.5mm ELECTRICS: PRS 58/15 ‘S’Treble and Bass humbuckers (bridge); 3-way toggle pickup selector switch, master volume and tone, 2 mini-toggle coil split switches WEIGHT (kg/lb): 3.37/7.4 OPTIONS: Colour only RANGE OPTIONS: The standard S2 Custom 24 (£1,699) has the same colour options but different electronics. The Core Custom 24 starts at £3,459; the 35th Anniversary version is £3,799 LEFT-HANDERS: No. The only PRS lefty is the SE Custom 24 (£825) FINISHES: Dark Cherry Sunburst (as reviewed), McCarty Sunburst, Elephant Grey, Faded Blue Smokeburst, Scarlet Red, Burnt Amber Burst, Whale…

8 min.
mccarty’s legacy

Ted McCarty looms large in the early history of PRS Guitars: he was the Gibson president during its halcyon days who, in the words of Paul Reed Smith, “downloaded the hard disk” on how they made guitars back then. While Ted had no direct involvement in the McCarty Model that launched in 1994, at the time it was the most ‘vintage-style’ PRS, with the changes Paul had already made to his Custom recipe – for example, a 22-fret version, the development of the pre-intonated Stoptail wrapover bridge, plus suggestions that early PRS-user David Grissom had requested. Over the years, the player’s favourite dropped in and out of production, but it returned recently in 2016, and for 2020 it has a subtle refresh that brings it bang up to date. Back in…