Guitarist July 2018

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interesting times

Recent news of Gibson filing for bankruptcy protection had an air, perhaps, of inevitability. No one takes any pleasure in the humbling of a mighty name in guitars but there are some bright notes amid the gloom. The way forward seems to involve Gibson unburdening itself of a sprawling portfolio of non-core brands and placing a renewed focus on making guitars – a part of the business which has never struggled to sell its products. “We have sold non-core brands, increased earnings and reduced working capital demands,” CEO Henry Juszkiewicz said. “The decision to re-focus on our core business, musical instruments, combined with the significant support from our noteholders, we believe will assure the company’s long-term stability and financial health. Importantly, this process will be virtually invisible to customers, all of…

got to get you into my life

EASTMAN T64/V-GB £1,769 WHAT IS IT? Chinese-made ES-330-style hollowbody with top USA and Japanese-made parts and unique old-style finish The thinline semi is one of the most enduring of all guitar designs. At home in almost any musical setting it rarely looks or sounds out of place, and is therefore one of the most versatile instruments you can own. Not surprising then that everyone wants a piece of the pie that Gibson famously first baked in 1958, when the ES-300 range launched. Since then companies as diverse as Guild, Gretsch, Fender, Höfner, Hagstrom, Heritage, Ibanez, Yamaha, Epiphone and dozens more have used the template as the basis for some fine instruments. Today though we are examining something from Chinese manufacturer Eastman, whose products consistently impress with both styling and build. With its all-hollow…

eastman t64/v-gb

Price: £1,769 (inc case) Origin: China Type: Double-cutaway six-string thinline hollowbody Body: Multiple-bound maple laminate with single-bound f-holes Neck: Maple, with pearl inlaid ebony headstock veneer SCALE LENGTH: 629mm (24.75”) NUT/WIDTH: Bone/44.45mm FINGERBOARD: Bound ebony, large pearl parallelogram markers, 305mm (12”) radius FRETS: 22 Jescar medium/jumbo HARDWARE: Gotoh ABR-1 style tune-o-matic, USA Bigsby B7 vibrato tailpiece, Gotoh aged ‘green button’ Kluson-type tuners STRING SPACING, BRIDGE: 52mm ELECTRICS: Two Lollar P90-style single coil pickups, two volumes (CTS 250K), two tones (CTS 250K), Switchcraft three-way selector and output jack WEIGHT (kg/lb): 2.86/6.3 OPTIONS: None RANGE OPTIONS: The T64/V (£1,679) is essentially the same guitar but fitted with Seymour Duncan Antiquity P90s. Other semis in the Vintage laminated range include the centre block T59/V (£1,499) with Seymour Duncan Seth Lover humbuckers LEFT-HANDERS: No FINISHES: Antique Violin Varnish, hand applied French polish Eastman Guitars www.eastmanguitars.eu PROS: Light weight, range of excellent tones,…

valentine’s day

MUSIC MAN CUTLASS HSS PRICE: £2,749 What Is It? Special finish version of Music Man’s active nod to Fender’s finest MUSIC MAN VALENTINE TREMOLO PRICE: £2,649 What Is It? A vibrato-equipped version of James Valentine’s ultra versatile signature As one of the most carefully considered makers out there, Music Man defines the high-end production electric, never afraid to incorporate new concepts like active boosts, hum-cancelling circuits, stainless steel frets, compensated nuts and, on an increasing number of models including the Cutlass, roasted (aka torrified) maple necks. These on-going additions, of course, come on top of design elements that go back to the mid-eighties like the highly distinct and practical 4-over-2 headstock, or the wheel-style truss rod adjustment that is now copied by many, Fender included. Both the Cutlass and Valentine launched back in 2016. The…

music man cutlass hss

PRICE: £2,749 (inc case) ORIGIN: USA TYPE: Offset double-cutaway solidbody electric BODY: Alder NECK: Roasted maple, bolt-on SCALE LENGTH: 648mm (25.5”) NUT/WIDTH: Compensated/41.3mm FINGERBOARD: Rosewood, 6.4mm white dots, 254mm (10-inch) radius FRETS: 22, high profile, medium, stainless steel HARDWARE: Music Man Modern vibrato, Schaller M6-IND locking – black-plated STRING SPACING, BRIDGE: 54mm ELECTRICS: MM humbucking bridge pickup, two custom single coils with Silent Circuit, five-way lever pickup selector switch, master volume and tone with transparent buffered output WEIGHT (kg/lb): 3.45/7.59 OPTIONS: Rosewood or maple fingerboards. £2,499 for all colours, except Vintage Sunburst (£2,599) and Stealth Black RANGE OPTIONS: The original Cutlass SSS, in 2018 spec, now £2,399 (£2,549 in Vintage Sunburst) LEFT-HANDERS: No FINISHES: Stealth Black, Firemist Silver, Coral Red, Ivory White, Vintage Turquoise, Charcoal Frost, Vintage Sunburst – satin polyester body, satin polyurethane finish to neck Strings & Things 01273 440 442 www.music-man.com PROS: Upgraded spec and…

music man valentine tremolo

PRICE: £2,649 (inc case) ORIGIN: USA TYPE: Offset double-cutaway, bolt-on-neck electric BODY: Solid figured ash (tapered from bottom to top) NECK: Roasted maple, bolt-on SCALE LENGTH: 648mm (25.5”) NUT/WIDTH: Compensated/41.3mm FINGERBOARD: Roasted maple, 6.4mm black dots, 254mm (10”) radius FRETS: 22, stainless steel tall/ medium-fine HARDWARE: Music Man Modern vibrato with vintage bent steel saddles, Schaller M6-IND locking – chrome-plated STRING SPACING, BRIDGE: 54mm ELECTRICS: Custom wound Music Man ceramic humbucker in neck position and slanted pole-piece single coil at the bridge, three-way pickup selector, volume with push/push switch for active gain boost, tone with push/push switch for coil-split (neck) WEIGHT (kg/lb): 3.2/7.04 OPTIONS: No RANGE OPTIONS: The original, hard-tail Valentine costs £2,549 LEFT-HANDERS: No FINISHES: Husker Red (as reviewed), Saturn Gold, Toluca Lake Blue, Trans Black, Trans Maroon, Trans Buttermilk. Gloss polyester body, gunstock oil and hand-rubbed special wax blend to neck PROS: Build, sound, playability…