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Guitarist May 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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store of memories

This issue’s celebration of the Telecaster (see p56) took me back to the first few times I ever ventured into a guitar shop, many years ago, as a complete beginner. I grew up in Lowestoft, in East Anglia, and our town’s music shop was Morlings. Sadly, it closed in 2012, after a 120 years of serving the town’s musicians – a casualty of changing times on the high street. Back when I was a teen, though, the place was always full of customers on a Saturday morning. Foremost in my mind is the glorious smell of guitars that filled the shop’s upper floor. There was a stand of Fender combos with red knobs, then the hot new look. And on the walls, guitars that I coveted without really even knowing…

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Art Editor Darren Phillips darren.phillips@futurenet.com Managing Editor Lucy Rice lucy.rice@futurenet.com EDITORIAL Contributors Richard Barrett, Rod Brakes, Adrian Clark, Trevor Curwen, Adam Goldsmith, Nick Guppy, Phil Hilborne, Martin Holmes, Richard Hood, Rob Laing, Neville Marten, Ed Mitchell, Roger Newell, Nigel Pulsford, Davina Rungasamy, Adrian Thorpe In-House Photography Phil Barker, Olly Curtis, Neil Godwin, Will Ireland, Joby Sessions, Jesse Wilde ADVERTISING COMMERCIAL SALES DIRECTOR Clare Dove clare.dove@futurenet.com ADVERTISING SALES DIRECTOR Lara Jaggon lara.jaggon@futurenet.com ACCOUNT SALES DIRECTOR Alison Watson alison.watson@futurenet.com ACCOUNT SALES DIRECTOR Steven Pyatt steve.pyatt@futurenet.com ACCOUNT SALES EXECUTIVE Guy Meredith guy.meredith@futurenet.com MARKETING MAGAZINE MARKETING DIRECTOR Sharon Todd sharon.todd@futurenet.com ACQUISITIONS CAMPAIGN MANAGER Tom Cooper tom.cooper@futurenet.com PRINT & PRODUCTION HEAD OF PRODUCTION UK & US Mark Constance mark.constance@futurenet.com PRODUCTION MANAGER Frances Twentyman frances.twentyman@futurenet.com PRODUCTION PROJECT MANAGER Clare Scott clare.scott@futurenet.com ADVERTISING PRODUCTION MANAGER Joanne Crosby joanne.crosby@futurenet.com DIGITAL EDITIONS CONTROLLER Jason Hudson jason.hudson@futurenet.com INTERNATIONAL LICENSING GUITARIST IS AVAILABLE FOR LICENSING. CONTACT THE LICENSING TEAM TO DISCUSS PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES HEAD OF PRINT @futurenet.com CIRCULATION HEAD…

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orange crush

Whenever we’re presented with a new Gretsch guitar to review, we always remind the reader that these things aren’t just for rockabillies. This is closely followed by the obligatory wheeling out of non-rockabilly Gretsch icons such as Small Faces and Humble Pie genius Steve Marriott, Quadrophenia-era Pete Townshend and, of course, the late AC/DC rhythm king, Malcolm Young. It’s a weird caveat for any brand, but then, like Rickenbacker, Gretsch still appears sealed inside certain genres like a fly in amber. While Gretsch has embraced its 50s rock ’n’ roll and 60s Beatlemania heritage, it has produced many models that distil classic features into more modern packages. Stuff like the Power Jets, and the recent hardtail BT variants, look like something Beatle George might have picked up in early 60s Hamburg…

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gretsch g5655tg electromatic center block jr

PRICE: £859 ORIGIN: China TYPE: Single-cutaway semi-acoustic electric guitar BODY: Laminated maple with chambered spruce centre block NECK: Maple, glued-in SCALE LENGTH: 625mm (24.6”) NUT/WIDTH: Graph Tech NuBone/43mm FINGERBOARD: Laurel, 305mm (12”) radius FRETS: 22, medium jumbo HARDWARE: Gold Licensed Bigsby B70 True Vibrato, Adjusto-Matic anchored six-saddle bridge, die-cast tuners STRING SPACING, BRIDGE: 54mm ELECTRICS: 2x Black Top Broad’Tron humbuckers, master volume, 2x volume, master tone, 3-way pickup selector toggle switch WEIGHT (kg/lb): 3.5/7.11 OPTIONS: No RANGE OPTIONS: Limited Edition G5655TG Electromatic Center Block Jr in Snow Crest White (£839) LEFT-HANDERS: No FINISHES: Orange Stain (as reviewed), Azure Metallic, Cadillac Green Fender Musical Instruments EMEA 01342 331700 www.gretschguitars.com PROS While you get all the Gretsch eye candy you can handle here, the G5655TG offers a wider tonal range than its illustrious ancestors CONS The Broad’Tron pups might not please the old-school crowd, but there are plenty of other Gretsch…

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doubling up

Taking a quick poll around the Guitarist office confirms that we’ve liked – loved, even – virtually every Eastman guitar we’ve seen. The China-based company has been making waves throughout the industry with its solidbody single-cut models, with the SB59/v in particular causing some heart palpitations in this vicinity. But making electric instruments using classic old-school technique to breathtaking effect isn’t the only trick up its sleeves – this acoustic Grand Auditorium looks set to win the guitar world’s hearts and minds as well. The first thing to look at is the whole ‘double top’ concept. Explained in more detail elsewhere in this review (see Double Top Theory, p17), in layman’s terms this means that the top of the guitar is basically a Sitka spruce sandwich with some very clever space-age…

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double top theory

We asked Pepijn ’t Hart from Eastman Europe to give us the lowdown on the double top concept: “The Double Top project started two years ago after a visit from renowned US classical guitar builder Kenny Hill,” he tells us. “He has done many double tops on his classical signature series. What is a double top? Two very thin layers of Sitka spruce and in the middle a honeycomb core of Nomex, vacuum-pressed to one top. Nomex is a paper-thin material that comes from NASA technology. The top is 30 per cent lighter than a regular guitar top and when we started this project I still remember sitting in the workshop playing two visually identical guitars and the difference in sound just blew my mind. One had an Adirondack top,…