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Guitarist February 2019

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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alright on the night

The letters we received about the Fender EU Master Design guitars we tested back in issue 439 (see Feedback, p43) got me thinking about the gear that guitarists take to gigs. Gigging’s an interesting test of one’s rig and many is the perfectly fettled home-use rig that gets torn to pieces and totally re-jigged after being tested in the crucible of live performance. For one thing, a number of factors come into play that have nothing to do with tone. Weight is a perfect example – heavy amps get tiresome after only a few back-crippling journeys from car boot to basement bar. More subtly, our cover star Joe Bonamassa (see feature, p66) draws attention to the fact that the added adrenaline of a live show, when tense fingers are apt…

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soapbar stars

Choice is one thing the modern guitar market gives us in spades. Or at least that’s the way it seems. Recently, looking for a dual-soapbar P-90-style guitar, we were surprised by the lack of new guitar choice. Even Gibson’s 2019 range packs just one dual-P-90 guitar, the SG Special. Reverend flies the flag, Epiphone, too, in the lower end, but looking for a more serious electric we’re all too soon into custom-shop level ‘historic’ or reissue cost-a-lot-territory. Eastman’s hollow TV64 was one of our favourite guitars of 2018, and launched during that year was the SB56, a single solidbody model loaded with Lollar soapbars. Meanwhile, looking further afield led us to an unusual choice, perhaps, from Finland’s Ruokangas. Its Les Paul-inspired Unicorn Classic will relieve you of £5k-plus, but a somewhat…

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eastman sb56/n-gd

PRICE: £1,769 (inc case) ORIGIN: China TYPE: Single-cut, solidbody electric BODY: Carved maple top on 1-piece mahogany NECK: 1-piece mahogany, glued-in SCALE LENGTH: 629mm (24.75”) NUT: Bone FINGERBOARD: Bound ebony, Pearl crown inlays FRETS: 22, Jescar (FW47104-P), medium jumbo HARDWARE: Gotoh GE101A-NI Relic tune-o-matic-style bridge with Gotoh GE104B-NI Relic stud tailpiece, vintage Kluson-style (Gotoh SD90) tuners – aged nickel-plated STRING SPACING/BRIDGE: 51.5mm ELECTRICS: Lollar custom-aged soapbar single coil (bridge) and Lollar underwound custom-aged soapbar single coil (neck), 3-way toggle pickup selector switch, individual pickup volume and tone controls WEIGHT (kg/lb): 3.6/8 OPTIONS: None RANGE OPTIONS: Also in vintage nitro is the SB57/n (£1,950. Other single-cuts include the gloss-nitro SB59 (£1,599) and the antique varnish SB59/v (£1,999) LEFT-HANDERS: No FINISHES: Gold Top (as reviewed) – vintage nitrocellulose Eastman Musical Instruments Europe BV +31 (0)36 5404478 www.eastmanguitars.com PROS Classic single-cut style – a very tidy guitar that sounds as good…

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ruokangas unicorn supersonic

PRICE: £3,250 (inc case) ORIGIN: Finland TYPE: Single-cut, solidbody electric BODY: Figured Arctic birch top on Spanish cedar back NECK: Spanish cedar, glued-in SCALE LENGTH: 629mm (24.75”) NUT/WIDTH: Moose shin bone/43.2 FINGERBOARD: East Indian rosewood,‘clay’ dot inlays FRETS: 22, stainless steel, medium jumbo HARDWARE: ABM 3024 wrapover bridge (with Lock-Thru-Body studs), Gotoh SE700 open-back tuners – nickel-plated STRING SPACING/BRIDGE: 51.5mm ELECTRICS: 2x Häussel 1956 P-90 soapbar single coils, 3-way toggle pickup selector switch, individual pickup volume and tone controls WEIGHT (kg/lb): 3.41/7.5 OPTIONS: As a custom maker, just ask RANGE OPTIONS: For a more classy single-cut vibe, check out the Unicorn Classic (around £5,250) LEFT-HANDERS: Yes FINISHES: Bare Bone Faded Cherry (as reviewed), Bare Faded Yellow – numerous colours/finishes available The North American Guitar 0207 835 5597 http://ruokangas.com PROS Beautifully considered design and build that takes the LP Special and runs with it; lots of options CONS The…

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electro magnetic

When was the last time you went shopping for a new acoustic guitar? What was once a pleasant afternoon spent strumming down your local guitar emporium now feels more like some epic quest worthy of a Sir Walter Scott novel. You’re literally spoiled for choice these days. You can’t see the sustainable tonewood for the reclaimed mammoth bone and responsibly sourced abalone… The fact is, stamping any kind of brand identity into a new acoustic guitar isn’t easy. Most of the gear out there conforms to tried-and-trusted body formats, not least the iconic ‘dreadnought’. If you haven’t sussed it out already, that’s where the new PRS SE T50E and SE A60E models have a distinct advantage over the legions of doppelgängers. They are, well, distinctive. By incorporating some well-kenned eye-candy from…

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prs se t50e

PRICE: £749 (inc case) ORIGIN: China TYPE: Tonare Grand electro-acoustic TOP: Solid Sitka spruce with X/ Classical bracing and abalone purfling BACK/SIDES: Figured maple (laminate) MAX RIM DEPTH: 110mm MAX BODY WIDTH: 394mm NECK: Mahogany SCALE LENGTH: 643mm (25.3”) TUNERS: Chrome PRS-Designed NUT/WIDTH: Bone/43mm FINGERBOARD: Ebony with bird inlays, 300mm (11.8”) radius FRETS: 20, medium BRIDGE/SPACING: Ebony with bone saddle/56mm WEIGHT (kg/lb): 2.2/4.9 PICKUP/PREAMP: Fishman GT-1 with under-saddle pickup RANGE OPTIONS: All electro-acoustic: TXE20ENA Natural (£549); TE40ENA Natural and TE40ETS Tobacco Sunburst (£649); TE55EBG Natural top and Black Gold Burst back & sides and TE55EBH Abaco Green (£829); and TE60ENA Natural (£879) LEFT-HANDERS: No FINISH: Vintage Sunburst (as reviewed), Natural (top) with Black Gold Burst (back & sides) PRS Europe 01223 874301 www.prsguitars.com PROS We’re sold on the great playability and pleasing good looks, but it’s the tone that really knocks us bandy; this guitar feels alive in our hands CONS…

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