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Guitarist December 2018

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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all change

As we go to press with this issue, we heard news that Gibson has appointed a new CEO to replace its long-standing, embattled man-at-the-top Henry Juszkiewicz. The incoming head of Gibson is former Levi’s president James ‘JC’ Curleigh, an avowed fan of Gibson’s heritage who says he owns many of the brand’s best-known models himself – and that his plan is to focus on the core guitar-making business. That’s just as well, as it was Gibson’s adventures in other areas that holed them below the waterline financially and led them into Chapter 11 bankruptcy, as Henry Juszkiewicz told Guitarist in a recent interview. Most players, I suspect, will want that back-to-basics approach to be centred on well-priced examples of Gibson’s flagship electrics with rock-solid build-quality, great tone and very few…

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editor’s highlights

Khruangbin Tasteful, soulful playing with vintage surf tones and inspirations from around the world. What’s not to like about this Texas trio? p60 Waiting For Godin Godin is the sleeping giant of North American guitar-making and its electrics offer stunning value for money. Find out more about the company on p98 All White On The Night The Bootleg Beatles are possibly the greatest tribute band there’s ever been – David Mead found out how they nail The White Album tones and more on p82…

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taste of the xotic

Anyone with an ear for tone will know all about US manufacturer Xotic, whose pedals have graced the ’boards of the great and the good for two decades. Units such as the EP Boost have reached almost mythical status with many players leaving theirs permanently on because they add that classy ‘something’ to the sound. The question is, can Xotic bring that same expertise to a range of boutique remakes of classic Fullerton designs such as this California Classic XSC-2, a more-than-a-little-obvious nod to Leo’s Stratocaster? The XSC-2’s body is alder and our guitar boasts a AAAA ‘master grade’ roasted maple neck and a covered humbucker at the bridge. Otherwise, at its heart is the 65-year-old recipe we all know and love, with several decades of artificial ageing that includes expert…

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xotic california classic xsc-2

PRICE: £2,899 (inc case) ORIGIN: USA TYPE: Double-cut solidbody electric BODY: 2-piece, centre-joined alder NECK: Roasted ‘master grade’ flamed maple; oil finished SCALE LENGTH: 648mm (25.5”) NUT/WIDTH: Bone/42.2mm FINGERBOARD: Integral maple, 241mm (9.5”) radius FRETS: 22, Jescar jumbo HARDWARE: Nickel-plated Gotoh bridge, tuners, strap buttons STRING SPACING, BRIDGE: 50mm ELECTRICS: 2x Raw Vintage RV-50 single coils; 1x Raw Vintage RV-PAF humbucker, 5-way lever pickup selector switch, master volume, tone 1 (neck and middle), tone 2 (bridge) WEIGHT (KG/LB): 3.2/7.04 OPTIONS: Various levels of ageing, pickup choice (£2,699-£3,299), factory custom orders, rosewood ’boards, alder/ash body wood RANGE OPTIONS: XTC (due Xmas ’18) is based on Fender’s 1950 design LEFT-HANDERS: Yes FINISHES: Numerous including Two/Three-Tone Sunburst, Lake Placid Blue/Green, Candy Apple Red, Sea Foam Green – thin nitro cellulose Peach Guitars 01206 765777 www.peachguitars.com PROS Superbly made; brilliantly finished with a unique feel; range of vintage tones at a competitive…

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think positive

Digital amp simulations have matured at a scary speed over the past few years, and Positive Grid has underlined its reputation as one of the best with a recent new version of its mega-popular Bias Amp software. The brilliantly designed app works on iOS and Windows platforms, allowing users to build their own virtual amp from scratch as well as tapping into the thousands of ready-made patches on Positive Grid’s ToneCloud app. Bias Amp has proved so popular that some guitarists were plugging into audio interfaces and using it live. So, it was a natural step for Positive Grid to introduce its own in the shape of the Bias Head, which promises practically zero-latency operation, as well as the option of a whopping 600-watt power stage. The hardware range has…

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bias head (powered version)

PRICE: £1,398 ORIGIN: Taiwan TYPE: Digital modelling preamplifier with Class D power stage OUTPUT: 600W RMS VALVES: None DIMENSIONS: 314 (w) x 190 (h) x 153mm (d) WEIGHT (KG/LB): 7/15 CABINET: Steel/aluminium CHANNELS: 25 presets, 5 banks of 5 CONTROLS: Gain, bass, mid, treble, presence, master volume, output level. Amp type, model, tube stage selector, distortion, topology, power amp, 1 custom assignable FOOTSWITCH: Standard latching footswitch changes presets – also compatible with MIDI and Positive Grid switches ADDITIONAL FEATURES: Stereo balanced and unbalanced line outputs with ground lift, programmable effects loop, headphones socket, MIDI in/out/ thru, USB, Bluetooth wireless OPTIONS: Bias Footswitch and Bias BT-4 Bluetooth Footswitch, both £198.89 RANGE OPTIONS: There’s a non-powered DSP version for £1,098, while the rack versions are the same prices for powered or DSP-only EMD Music info@emd music.com www.positivegrid.com PROS Excellent low-latency sounds; superb app CONS Effects aren’t part…