Guitarist January 2020

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 期号


gone but not forgotten

As we were putting together this month’s cavalcade of GAS-worthy gear, the Guitarist team got talking about about the guitars we regretted letting go – and the guitars, often laughably short-lived, that we bought with the proceeds instead. Nev Marten, editor of Guitar Techniques, still regrets selling a pair of John Cruz-built Custom Shop Fenders (a Strat and a Tele) he once owned, both were Sunburst and had consecutive serial numbers. Rather less grandly, I regret a Charvel Model 7 that was sold to me by Dan Hawkins of The Darkness when we were teenagers, the first proper electric guitar I ever owned. It was an odd fish, like a Telecaster but with a neck so thin that it should have been supporting an Orange Mivvi ice-lolly instead of frets.…

shimmer switch

Building an acoustic guitar isn’t exactly rocket science, or is it? Spend a few minutes talking to Andy Powers, Taylor’s chief designer and father of the company’s V-Class bracing system, and you might begin to think otherwise. Tuning a 12-string is, for many, an onerous task, and the end result is often a compromise, but Taylor might just be offering frustrated 12-string veterans a little light at the end of the tunnel with its new 562ce. It’s the first 12-string in the catalogue that includes the V-Class bracing system, but the refinements haven’t stopped there. Andy has thought the entire process through and made a few design tweaks here and there that could usher in a brave new world of tuneful 12-string sonority. The eagle-eyed might have noticed the first of…

taylor 562ce 12-string v-class

PRICE: £3,378 (inc case) ORIGIN: USA TYPE: Grand Concert 12-string cutaway acoustic TOP: Mahogany BACK/SIDES: Mahogany MAX RIM DEPTH: 111mm MAX BODY WIDTH: 381mm NECK: Mahogany SCALE LENGTH: 632mm (24.8”) TUNERS: Taylor nickel NUT/WIDTH: Tusq/47.6mm FINGERBOARD: Ebony FRETS: 18 BRIDGE/SPACING: Ebony w/ Micarta saddle/70mm ELECTRICS: Taylor Expression System 2 WEIGHT (kg/lb): 1.7/3.7 OPTIONS: Taylor gold-plated tuners, pickguard (black, clear or tortoise), 3-piece back – all at no additional cost. Sitka spruce top, Tobacco or Honey Sunburst finishes, short-scale neck, Gotoh tuners, all at additional cost (see website for price list) RANGE OPTIONS: None, the 562ce is Taylor’s first 12-string guitar with V-Class bracing LEFT-HANDERS: Yes, at no extra cost FINISHES: Gloss Brown Edge Burst Taylor Guitars +31 (0) 206 676030 www.taylorguitars.com PROS Sharply built compact 12-string with great clarity, sustain and tuning stability CONS The price point might put off some casual would-be 12-string players…

gold rush

Carlos Santana has been playing PRS guitars virtually exclusively since the early 80s. He’s mainly preferred the pre-production style that Paul himself made before he redesigned both the body and headstock shape to what we know as the Custom – the basis for the modern PRS guitar. Initially, it was a little odd that you couldn’t buy a replica of Carlos’s guitar (that came a little later), but when PRS finally decided to make a more affordable offshore range, the SE, the first model was a Santana signature. The peaks and troughs of Santana’s career aside, we’d guess more people have seen and heard a PRS in the hands of Carlos than any other. In recent years, however, he’s switched from that original-style double-cut to the later Singlecut design, most notably…

prs se santana singlecut trem

PRICE: £799 (inc gigbag) ORIGIN: Indonesia TYPE: Single-cutaway solidbody electric BODY: Mahogany NECK: Mahogany, Wide Fat profile, glued-in SCALE LENGTH: 622mm (24.5”) NUT/WIDTH: Friction reducing/42.83mm FINGERBOARD: Rosewood, pearloid bird inlays, 254mm (10”) radius FRETS: 24, medium HARDWARE: PRS patented vibrato (cast), PRS designed tuners–nickel-plated STRING SPACING, BRIDGE: 52.5mm ELECTRICS: PRS TCI ‘S’ Treble and Bass humbuckers, 3-way toggle pickup selector switch, master volume and tone WEIGHT (kg/lb): 4.12/9.1 OPTIONS: None RANGE OPTIONS: The double-cut 24-fret SE Santana also costs £799; the Core Santana Retro starts at £3,900. Other single-cut models with vibrato include the SE Mark Tremonti Standard (£475), SE Mark Tremonti Custom (£799) and Core Tremonti (from £3,499) LEFT-HANDERS: No FINISHES: Egyptian Gold only (as reviewed) PRS Europe 01223 874301 www.prsguitars.com PROS Big, beefy tones with clarity and definition; a very nicely voiced Singlecut that’s more than worth the asking price CONS One colour; no left-handers; no single-coil…

mastering digital

Ever since its introduction in 1963, Fender’s so-called ‘Blackface’ series has represented a zenith for the vintage era of American amplifier design. Such was Fender’s dominance that two amps in particular, the Deluxe Reverb and Twin Reverb combos, went on to become standard equipment for clubs, recording studios and stages all over the world. Fender has reinvented the Deluxe and Twin several times, including digital versions with the Cyber-Twin and Cyber-Deluxe, both of which were introduced nearly two decades ago. Digital technology has come a long way since then. Today, we’re used to hyper-realistic amp and effects models, infinite cloud-based presets, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth audio streaming and more, much of it pioneered by Fender. Announced at this year’s summer NAMM Show in Nashville, Fender’s latest digital offerings, the Tone Master Twin Reverb…