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Guitarist April 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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welcome to the jangle

At the time that Guns N’ Roses released their debut album, Appetite For Destruction, in 1987, I was a guitar teacher and so I had a ringside seat from which I could observe the effect it had on my younger students. All of a sudden, it seemed, everyone under the age of 25 wanted to learn Slash’s opening guitar part to Sweet Child O’ Mine, closely followed by the riff to Welcome To The Jungle. No doubt about it, there was a new guitar hero in town. In the intervening years, the band’s fortunes have seen many changes in line-up – not exactly a unique thing in the tinsel-and-tiara-strewn landscape of rock ’n’ roll, you have to admit. But now we welcome in another kind of debut from the behatted…

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roaring forties

Guild’s Newark St range isn’t intended to slavishly reissue instruments from yesteryear, but glancing through the now expansive range of hollow, semi-hollow and solidbody designs you find yourself in a near parallel universe. Not only were the majority of designs originally issued in the late 50s and 60s, but Guild – or rather its owner, the Cordoba Music Group – seems unrushed to launch new models. The Starfire I, II and III models date back to 1960, renamed versions of the prior T-100 ‘Slim Jim’. The Starfire II with LB-1 minihumbuckers joined the Newark St line-up in 2016 as the most affordable stripped-down model in the contemporary Semi-Hollow range. Announced last year is this latest addition that swaps the humbuckers for DeArmond Dynasonics and comes in a deep Royal Brown gloss…

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guild starfire ii st dynasonic

PRICE: £999 ORIGIN: Korea TYPE: Single-cutaway hollowbody electric BODY: Laminated mahogany with bridge block NECK: Mahogany, Vintage Soft ‘U’ profile, glued-in SCALE LENGTH: 629mm (24.75”) NUT/WIDTH: Graph Tech NuBone/43.1mm FINGERBOARD: Ebony, pearloid dots, 241mm (9.5”) radius FRETS: 20, narrow jumbo HARDWARE: Gold-plated Adjusto-Matic bridge with stud tailpiece, Grover Sta-Tite open-backed tuners STRING SPACING, BRIDGE: 52mm ELECTRICS: 2x DeArmond Dynasonic single coils, 3-way toggle pickup selector switch, individual pickup volume and tone controls WEIGHT (kg/lb): 2.78/6.12 OPTIONS: The Starfire II ST, with Guild LB-1 minihumbuckers, is available in Natural Brown at £819. A Guild polyfoam case costs £92; a humidified hard case is £139 RANGE OPTIONS: The Starfire III has the same thin single-cut design but with Bigsby, LB-1 humbuckers and wooden-foot tune-o-matic bridge from £1,090. The double-cut Starfires start with the IV from £1,090. DeArmond Dynasonic pickups cost £75 (nickel) and £80 (gold) LEFT-HANDERS: Not…

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thrill seeker

Dennis Cornell is one of the legendary figures of British guitar amplification, with a history that goes way back to the early 1960s, when he worked for the Arbiter group. Back then, Cornell was part of the team behind Sound City amplifiers and the original Fuzz Face effect, popularised by Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck and many other influential artists from that era. Still active today, Dennis puts his name to modern amplifiers and pedals that are used by Eric Clapton, Noel Gallagher and many other top players who value the tank-like build quality and vintage vibe that Cornell is known for. For this review we’re taking a look at a small but potent addition to the range, the all-new Cornell Explorer 10. It’s a typical ‘lunchbox’ head – a format that’s…

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cornell explorer 10 head

PRICE: £899 ORIGIN: UK TYPE: Valve preamp, power amp OUTPUT: 10W RMS, switchable to 2, 1/4 and 1/8W VALVES: 2x 12AX7, 1x 6L6GC DIMENSIONS: 165 (h) x 350 (w) x 180 (d) WEIGHT (kg/lb): 7/15 CABINET: Pressed steel CHANNELS: 1 CONTROLS: Gain, tone, volume, Clean/Mean switch, attenuator switch FOOTSWITCH: None ADDITIONAL FEATURES: 4-way attenuator switch reduces output from 10W to 2, 1/4 or 1/8W OPTIONS: None RANGE OPTIONS: None First Line Distribution Ltd 01626 832410 www.cornellamps.com PROS Wide range of tones from a deceptively simple layout; exceptional build quality; a truly superb recording tool CONS Expensive, but you definitely get what you pay for…

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slim pickin’

The idea of thinline acoustic guitars is hardly new. In fact, when we first opened the cases and saw this pair of super-slender Takamines we were reminded of Yamaha’s excellent APX range from a few years back. Only these are even thinner. Takamine proclaims that the concept here is to provide “comfort and performance to guitarists seeking a more slender body, uncompromised sound, and excellence on stage”. Sounds like a good idea to us. After all, not everyone wants to wrestle with a jumbo or a dreadnought on stage. Guitarists who are predominantly Strat or Les Paul inclined might want something that feels a little more familiar in their hands for the one or two acoustic numbers in their band’s set, for instance. Our two models here, drawn from an extensive…