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Guitarist December 2017

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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13 期号

本期

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raising the tone

Another year and another tempting cavalcade of tone-tackle to GAS over… Did you buy any kit that revolutionised your playing? I hope so, because while the most important thing is (to paraphrase Zappa) to shut up and play your guitar, sometimes a new pedal or an acoustic will inspire a dozen songs all by itself, or unlock inspiring sounds that get the creative juices flowing. My personal purchase of the year was a little Marshall 1930 Popular combo picked up through the readers’ ads pages. It’s by no means perfect: it has to be running full tilt before it sounds really good and it’s quite noisy – few would claim it boasts the greatest circuitry Marshall ever designed because they’re known to conk out frequently, too. But it still has one…

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velvet evolution

G&L LEGACY £1,899 WHAT IS IT? A Fullerton-built double-cut with a classic vibe but thoughtful refinements Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door, the saying goes. In guitar terms, building the MkII mousetrap was precisely the job that Leo Fender set himself when he founded G&L in 1979. The father of the Strat and the Tele decided that, despite their obvious popularity, he could refine certain aspects of his early masterpieces – and maybe build them a little better, too, given that Fender (which he’d sold to CBS in 1965) was deep in the doldrums at that point. Fast forward to the present and G&L are still very much a going concern, still offering an alternative take on Leo’s earlier designs. The guitar we’ve got in…

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brothers in arms

ESP E-II ECLIPSE £1,769 WHAT IS IT? Japanese-made modern single-cut with classic Seymour Duncan pickup combo ESP E-II ECLIPSE DB £1,879 WHAT IS IT? Japanese-made modern single-cut with made-for-metal active EMG pickup set-up Designed to “bridge the gap between ESP’s premium and more affordable LTD models,” the relatively new E-II range features high-spec Tokyo-built renderings of the Japanese brand’s rock and metal-flavoured favourites. You shouldn’t need Lieutenant Columbo to help you figure out what guitar our new E-II Eclipse and Eclipse DB models take inspiration from. The shadow cast by those single-cutaway bodies is a big clue. Figure in a mahogany back mated to a contoured maple top and you’re in classic Les Paul territory. Ditto, the anchored tune-o-matic bridge and stop tailpiece (both sourced via Gotoh) and the twin humbucker format. The trail only begins…

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little giants

SUPRO 1606 SUPER COMBO £699 WHAT IS IT? All valve 1 x 8 reissue combo with five watts RMS output from the 6V6 output stage SUPRO REVERB 1605R COMBO £999 WHAT IS IT? Enhanced version with three valve-driven line outs and treble and bass EQ There are few more iconic rock guitar images than a wall of 4 x 12s topped by 100 watt heads, and we’d all like to play on a stage with that kind of backline at least once, but ironically the biggest sounds on record often come from the smallest of amplifiers. Small single-ended combos are behind some of the biggest riffs in rock history, which is perhaps why we continue to love them so much. Under the guidance of New York-based effects pedal supremos Absara Audio, Supro’s successful and…

3
‘the heir to blackie’ eric clapton guitar sale san francisco art exchange

The sale of Eric Clapton’s beloved Blackie in 2004 caused a stir for more than just the then-world-record $959,500 it fetched at his second Christie’s guitar auction. For 15 years it was a huge part of Slowhand’s legacy and to give it up in aid of his Crossroads charity seemed a significant step. But there was another of his mainstay Strats sold at the same auction; Blackie’s heir. And now it’s up for sale again. This 1990 Strat was very much created under the influence of Blackie, taking the baton of Clapton’s famed 50s ‘partsocaster’ after its retirement. Another black Strat with white scratchplate, the icon’s collaboration on the guitar with Fender makes it, in essence, the very first signature Clapton Strat and would become his main guitar between 1990 and…

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what’s goin’ on

Extreme 13 to 20 December Various UK venues Nuno Bettencourt and Co have always had a loyal following in the UK, who were the first to embrace the band outside their home. But there’s been a long wait for fans who want to hear a follow-up to 2008’s Saudades De Rock. The guitarist is hoping that will finally be ready early next year, but in the meantime they have plenty of tried-and-true classics to deliver. And that applies to Nuno’s rig too; his signature Washburn N4s and a wall of Randall NB King 100 amps with a BOSS GT-8 – using four patches for the majority of the songs. “I am a creature of habit,” he tells us, “using just my classic rig, pretty much the same for decades. I go with what…