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Guitarist April 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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slow music

The other day I put the excellent new Robin Trower album, Coming Closer To The Day, on in the car. I found myself transported by Robin’s playing – unhurried phrases, played with consummate taste (see review, p38). It put me in mind of a topic some of us were debating in the Guitarist office recently, namely that most of the world’s greatest guitarists don’t spend an awful lot of time playing fast. Cover star David Gilmour (see p56) didn’t make Comfortably Numb famous by widdling over it, while Mark Knopfler told us a few years ago that playing fewer notes “usually says more”. That’s not an argument against technically dazzling players, whose work I have enjoyed, too. But all too often, as we develop as guitarists, we fixate on two…

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the right stuff

At various points since 1985, Heritage has provided a very valid alternative to Gibson – building its guitars in a purchased space of Gibson’s historic Kalamazoo factory, and, originally, with some key senior ex-Gibson employees on the team. Its guitars have been a rare sight in the UK over the past decade, but new owners in 2016 signified a seemingly revitalised company, and now its streamlined range has proper distribution here, too. Now, as then, it’s that heritage that is the biggest pull for many. Somehow, guitars built in the same location as those of the 50s and 60s classics must be as good, if not better, than the Gibsons themselves. Ironically, at times the almost-ramshackle production facilities and original machinery proved just as variable in terms of quality and consistency…

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heritage h-535

PRICE: £2,755 (inc case) ORIGIN: USA TYPE: Double-cutaway, centre-blocked semi BODY: Laminated maple top and back, solid maple sides, with maple centre block NECK: Mahogany,‘standard’ profile, glued-in SCALE LENGTH: 629mm (24.75”) NUT/WIDTH: Corian/43.3mm FINGERBOARD: Bound rosewood, trapezoid inlays FRETS: 22, Jescar medium jumbo HARDWARE: Nashville-style locking tune-o-matic bridge; locking stud tailpiece. Gotoh Rotomatic tuners – nickel-plated STRING SPACING/BRIDGE: 50.5mm ELECTRICS: Seymour Duncan Seth Lover at neck and bridge, 3-way toggle pickup selector switch, individual pickup volume and tone controls WEIGHT (kg/lb): 3.51/7.72 OPTIONS: None RANGE OPTIONS: The more ES-330-style H-530 (£2,849) is joined by the H-575 (£3,429), Heritage’s take on the ES-175. The Eagle Classic (£4,239) drops into classic archtop territory with solid Sitka spruce top construction LEFT-HANDERS: Not currently advertised FINISHES: Antique Natural (as reviewed), Original Sunburst, Trans Cherry, Ebony – gloss nitrocellulose PROS Like the H-150, this thinline semi is smartly made; excellent weight, feel…

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heritage h-150

PRICE: £2,459 (inc case) ORIGIN: USA TYPE: Single-cut, solidbody electric BODY: Carved maple top, mahogany back NECK: Mahogany,‘standard’ profile, glued-in SCALE LENGTH: 625mm (24.6”) NUT/WIDTH: Corian/42.46mm FINGERBOARD: Bound rosewood, trapezoid inlays FRETS: 22, Jescar medium jumbo HARDWARE: Nashville-style locking tune-o-matic bridge; locking stud tailpiece. Gotoh Rotomatic tuners – nickel-plated STRING SPACING/BRIDGE: 50.5mm ELECTRICS: Seymour Duncan covered ’59 at neck and bridge, 3-way toggle pickup selector switch, individual pickup volume and tone controls WEIGHT (kg/lb): 4.14/9.1 OPTIONS: None RANGE OPTIONS: The other solidbody in the current range is the single-cut Les Paul Special-style H-137 (£1,869), in TV Yellow and Original Sunburst with dog-ear Lollar P-90s LEFT-HANDERS: Not currently advertised FINISHES: Dirty Lemon Burst, Original Sunburst, Vintage Cherry Sunburst, Ebony (as reviewed) – gloss nitrocellulose Westside Distribution 0844 326 2000 https://heritageguitars.com PROS Smart build, neck shape, fretwork and setup with classic sounds to match CONS It’s (yet) another close cousin to…

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hail to the king

One of the world’s oldest and most revered amplification brands, Supro, has been enjoying a long-overdue renaissance in the capable hands of New York-based Absara Audio, headed up by Pigtronix effects and all-round tone guru David Koltai. It’s been a long and winding road for the brand, which can trace its origin back to the mid 1920s and the beginning of the Chicago blues scene, with which it’s been linked ever since. Supro disappeared in the 1970s, but not before Jimmy Page used the earthy, organic tones of a Model 24 to cut some early Led Zeppelin tracks. After a long layoff, it’s been satisfying to see Absara successfully bring the brand back to life with a carefully blended mixture of old and new features, sometimes in the same product.…

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supro blues king 12

PRICE: £599 ORIGIN: USA TYPE: Hybrid valve/solid-state preamp and class A valve power amp OUTPUT: 15W RMS VALVES: 1x 12AX7, 1x 6L6 DIMENSIONS: 440 (w) x 420 (h) x 190mm (d) WEIGHT (kg/lb): 13/29 CABINET: Poplar LOUDSPEAKERS: 1x custom-design Supro BK12 12” CHANNELS: 1, with 2-stage footswitchable boost CONTROLS: Gain, volume, bass, mid, treble, reverb level. Boost and gain toggle switches FOOTSWITCH: 2-button footswitch toggles gain and boost functions ADDITIONAL FEATURES: Line out, series effects loop, spring reverb OPTIONS: None RANGE OPTIONS: Previous to the Blues King, the range kicked off with the Super 1x8 Class A 6V6-equipped single-ended, 5W combo, with or without reverb at £699 and £999 respectively JHS 0113 286 5381 www.suprousa.com PROS A lot of tone from a deceptively simple control panel; it can sound vintage or modern at the touch of a button CONS Footswitch has no status LEDs; the vintage-style upside-down…

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