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Guitarist

December 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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Future Publishing Ltd
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1 min.
tapping into greatness

This issue, we learned with great sadness of the passing of one of the few guitarists who genuinely deserve to be called ‘iconic’, Eddie Van Halen. Many of the extraordinary things that earned him that well-deserved status are detailed in our in-depth tribute to his life and works on page 60. But it’s also worth pointing out that it was his spirit as a player not just his mastery of the instrument that set him apart. For sure, his technical command of the guitar opened the door to the whole shred era – but I don’t think too many players would have been so eager to walk through it had it not been for the joyous, headlong energy of his playing on tracks such as Jamie’s Cryin’ or Ain’t Talkin’…

7 min.
one for the road

We’ve said it many times before, but Fender’s simple Telecaster platform of slab body, bolt-on neck and basic pickups, switching and controls makes it the perfect candidate for ‘pimping’. Fender recognised this early on, with models such as 1959’s bound-bodied Custom, the Paisley, Blue Flower and Thinline of ’68, the Rosewood version from the following year, and many more. Come the early 70s and a tougher rock movement had ushered in the new decade. This time Gibson ruled the roost and for a change Fender found itself on the back foot. So it chose the good ol’ Tele to represent its vision of a thicker-toned and more powerful instrument. Enter the Custom and Deluxe, the former with single neck humbucker but retaining the Tele’s bridge single coil, and its double-humbucker sibling…

1 min.
fender vintera road worn ’70s telecaster deluxe limited edition

PRICE: £1,099 (inc gigbag) ORIGIN: Mexico TYPE: Single-cut solidbody electric BODY: Alder NECK: Maple, ’72-style medium C profile, three screw w/ Micro-Tilt bolt-on SCALE LENGTH: 648mm (25.5”) NUT/WIDTH: Synthetic bone, 42mm FINGERBOARD: Maple, integral to one-piece neck, black dot inlays, 241mm (9.5”) radius FRETS: 21 medium jumbo HARDWARE: Chrome-plated Strat-style hardtail bridge with through-body stringing,‘witch hat’ knobs, Fender vintage-style ‘F’-stamped tuners STRING SPACING, BRIDGE: 54mm ELECTRICS: 2x revoiced Fender Wide Range humbuckers, 3-way toggle pickup selector, individual pickup volume and tone controls WEIGHT (kg/lb): 3.56/7.85 OPTIONS: None RANGE OPTIONS: Other Vintera Road Worns include the 50s Telecaster and the ’50s and ’60s Stratocaster – all £999 LEFT-HANDERS: Not at present FINISHES: Daphne Blue (as reviewed), Olympic White – aged nitrocellulose Fender Musical Instruments EMEA 01342 331700 www.fender.com PROS Fuss-free player; third of the price of a Custom Shop model; stunning range of tones CONS Not sure about the dulled…

7 min.
club class

Blackstar’s long-running HT Venue series has been one of the world’s most popular amplification choices for more than a decade now, and it’s around three years since Blackstar took the brave move to update it. Not just a case of adding ‘MkII’ to the front panel, every feature was painstakingly explored and improved, with several new functions to facilitate modern home recording, including USB audio, balanced DI outputs with speaker emulation, and a brand-new digital reverb. The update proved to be a major success, cementing the HT Venue’s reputation as the go-to mid-priced valve amp. Meanwhile, Blackstar never stands still and, following significant customer demand, there’s been a recent addition in the shape of the HT Club 40 MkII 6L6, which swaps the standard-issue EL34 power valves for a pair of…

1 min.
blackstar ht venue mkii club 40 6l6 combo

PRICE: £749 ORIGIN: Designed in the UK, made under licence in China TYPE: Hybrid preamp and valve power amp OUTPUT: 40W RMS, switchable to 4W RMS VALVES: 2x 12AX7, 2x 6L6 DIMENSIONS: 588 (w) x 480 (h) x 260mm (d) WEIGHT (kg/lb): 24/53 CABINET: Birch ply LOUDSPEAKER: 1x12” Celestion G12 Seventy 80 CHANNELS: 2, each with 2 foot-switchable voices CONTROLS: Clean channel: volume, bass, treble, voice switch. Overdrive channel: gain, volume, bass, mid, treble, ISF, voice switch. Global reverb level, power reduction switch and master volume. Speaker emulation cab select, effects loop level select FOOTSWITCH: 2-button FS-15 footswitch (supplied), selects channels and voices ADDITIONAL FEATURES: Series effects loop with switchable levels, digital reverb with 2 modes, power reduction switch, speaker-emulated direct outputs on balanced XLR and headphones/line jack, 4-channel USB audio, external speaker jacks OPTIONS: 5-button all-access FS-14 foot-controller, £80 RANGE OPTIONS: EL34-equipped HT…

6 min.
style & substance

Epiphone’s latest Joe Bonamassa tie-up, based on his three-pickup Les Paul Custom circa 1958, certainly comes across as a very complete package. It has vintage credentials, a great backstory, comes with a very tidy case and, oh, looks great! But it’s far from style over substance and is another reminder of the ever-increasing quality of the Asian-built guitar. The original Custom recipe is replicated here. This guitar is all mahogany with an ebony fingerboard. While it’s actually slightly lighter than Joe’s original, it’s chunky and weighty; there’s no weight relief and it’s well in line with numerous modern single-cuts we’ve tested. Of course, we’re not talking nitro finish, but the standard poly is perfect. It’s beautifully contrasted by the amber-tinted binding to the top and back of the body with multi-ply…