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Guitarist

October 2021

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!

国家:
United Kingdom
语言:
English
出版商:
Future Publishing Ltd
出版周期:
Monthly
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the man in the moon

The artist Pablo Picasso once said, “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” He might have been writing about Les Paul (see cover feature, page 56) who never stopped working, hardly even to sleep. These days, people tend to think of Les Paul as an inventor who was also a talented musician. But as his son, producer Gene Paul, told us, this is absolutely the wrong way round. He was an inventor because he was driven, as few people are, to unlock the full potential of the guitar as a music-making device. Making better music was a goal he pursued relentlessly – and so when inspiration visited Les (which happened often) it would inevitably find him working. His diligence in making the best music he could, by any…

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magnify your tone

Ashdown Music is well known all over the world as an industry standard in bass amplification, with a huge user-list that reads like a who’s who of the world’s greatest bass players. It’s such a strong reputation that Ashdown’s equally impressive guitar products sometimes tend to be a little unfairly overshadowed. Launched back in 2020, Ashdown’s Guitar Magnifier heads and combos take their inspiration from the best-selling Bass Magnifier range. Designed by amp guru Dave Green and made in the UK at Ashdown’s Essex Custom Shop, the AGM collection promises great tone and real-world versatility at affordable prices. We looked at the AGM-5C combo back in February, now it’s time to zero in on the AGM-484H head. Ashdown’s ultra-compact AGM-484H isn’t that much bigger than a box of cornflakes, but it’s considerably…

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ashdown agm-484h head

PRICE: £999 ORIGIN: UK TYPE: Valve preamp and valve power amp OUTPUT: 30W VALVES: 4x 12AX7, 4x EL84 DIMENSIONS: 80 (h) x 400 (w) x 220mm (d) WEIGHT (kg/lb): 12/26 CABINET: Steel CHANNELS: 1, with footswitchable boost CONTROLS: Boost, gain, bass, mid, treble, presence, volume, boost volume. Boost on/off switch, clip switch FOOTSWITCH: Single-button latching footswitch toggles boost function, not supplied ADDITIONAL FEATURES: Series effects loop, footswitchable boost OPTIONS: None RANGE OPTIONS: Ashdown’s Guitar Magnifier collection includes: AGM-5C combo (£749), AGM-30 Offset head (£1,099), 45W AGM-684C combo (£1,599) and 15W AGM-284C combo (£999). Matching speaker cabinets include the AGM-112 featured here (£349), AGM-210 and AGM-212 (both £599) Ashdown Music 01621 857853 www.ashdownmusic.com PROS A great-sounding, compact and portable all-valve head with plenty of punch; ideal with effects pedals; built to last CONS The fully enclosed steel chassis makes quick valve replacement difficult; it’d be nice to…

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the x factor

You don’t need us to tell you that there’s a rich seam of very high-quality guitar makers throughout Europe that, if we’re honest, we often overlook. Framus, owned by Warwick, certainly falls into that category – and visiting its factory a few years ago was like dropping into an otherworldly futuristic dream. Nobody that we’re aware of makes guitars (or world-class basses) quite like Warwick. That said, the modern Framus instruments that we’ve played over the past few years have an almost organic quality – obviously imbued by the spirit of Warwick – and from the moment we pull it out of its sturdy Rockbag gigbag, our Idolmaker sample feels very luthier-made. Exactly the origin of the Idomaker design we’re not sure, but we’d wager the good old reverse Firebird was…

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under the hood

The black plastic rear cavity cover sits slightly proud of the back, but it’s another unique Warwick ‘registered for patent’ design that just clips into the moulded top edge. Two little push clips allow you to remove it, rather like a battery compartment fixture – no screwdriver needed. Inside the cavity it’s pretty modern and minimalist-looking with a rectangular volume pot (500k audio) from German audio electronics specialist MEC – used throughout the Warwick line, too, we believe. There’s no treble bleed on the volume, while the similar-shaped tone control, again 500k audio, is a switched pot that attaches to a small PCB, although there’s no ID on the capacitor so we can’t describe a value.…

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framus pro series idolmaker

PRICE: £2,519 (inc gigbag) ORIGIN: Germany TYPE: Original offset shape, solidbody electric BODY: Mahogany with inset AAA figured maple NECK: Mahogany, glued-in SCALE LENGTH: 628mm (24.75”) NUT/WIDTH: Graph Tech Black Tusq/43.3mm FINGERBOARD: Tiger-stripe ebony, small oval abalone inlays, illuminated side-dots, 305mm (12”) radius FRETS: 22, jumbo HARDWARE: TonePros locking ‘Nashville’-style bridge and stud tailpiece, Graph Tech Ratio real-lock tuners – chrome plated STRING SPACING, BRIDGE: 51mm ELECTRICS: Chrome covered Seymour Duncan ’59 at neck, JB at bridge, 3-way toggle pickup selector switch, master volume and tone control (with pull switch coil-split) WEIGHT (kg/lb): 3.67/8.1 OPTIONS: No, but check out the Framus Custom Shop (£POA) RANGE OPTIONS: The Idolmaker also appears in the Chinese-made D-Series at £782 LEFT-HANDERS: Yes, £POA FINISHES: Nirvana Black transparent high polish (as reviewed), Solid Black high polish, Burgundy Blackburst Transparent high polish, and Vintage Sunburst Transparent high polish with Nirvana Black Transparent…

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