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Guitarist August 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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English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues

In this issue

2 min.
the price of experience

This month, I embarked on building my first acoustic guitar – a factory kit issue by Martin (see feature, p76). And it was an education in more ways than one. Aside from learning many useful and practical skills (such as how to sharpen a plane properly), the process threw fresh light on issues that guitarists have to weigh up when they’re considering what guitar to buy. First, many people wonder what the premium price tag of a handmade guitar actually buys. As consumers, it’s arguable that guitarists have become a bit blasé about pearl inlays, fancy binding and the like, taking it for granted. But each of these processes takes time and care to get right and all of that has a cost attached to it – especially if you don’t…

9 min.
rock of ages…

Everyone knows that old expression, ‘we buy with our eyes’. To that end, some of you have probably already dismissed these new Charvel Pro-Mod DK24 guitars as 80s throwbacks or ‘shred machines’. Just look at that one guitar’s finish. It couldn’t be any more orange. They might as well have called it ‘Presidential Tan’. Well, before you write these guitars off as ‘not for me’ and turn the page, let’s pick them apart like Quincy ME. Aside from their respective finishes, not to mention the front pickups, our Mexico-born DK24 HSH and HSS are identical. Skipping down the spec sheets you’ll find an offset ‘Dinky’ alder body at the nucleus of each guitar. Ribs and beer bellies alike are catered for with your classic Strat-style rear contouring. The front of the…

1 min.
charvel pro-mod dk24 hsh

PRICE: £939 ORIGIN: Mexico TYPE: Offset solidbody electric BODY: Alder NECK: 2-piece caramelised maple with hand rubbed urethane finish and graphite reinforcement, bolt-on SCALE LENGTH: 648mm (25.5”) NUT/WIDTH: Graph Tech TUSQ XL/42.86mm FINGERBOARD: Caramelised maple with small dot inlays, 305-406mm (12-16”) radius FRETS: 24, jumbo HARDWARE: Chrome Gotoh Custom 510 6-saddle floating bridge with screw-in arm, Charvel die-cast locking tuners STRING SPACING, BRIDGE: 53mm ELECTRICS: Direct-mount Seymour Duncan SH-10B Custom Full Shred humbucker (bridge), SSL-6 Custom Flat Strat single coil (middle), APH-1N Alnico II Pro ’bucker (neck), 500k EVH Bourns Low-Friction master volume, No-Load master tone, 5-way pickup selector lever switch WEIGHT (kg/lb): 3.5/7.12 OPTIONS: Hard case (£108.99); padded gigbag (£43.99) RANGE OPTIONS: Pro Mods with Floyd Rose vibratos: DK24 HH FR twin-humbucker with alder body and quilted maple top (£949); DK24 HH FR twin -humbucker with alder body (£889); DK24 HH FR twin-humbucker…

1 min.
charvel pro-mod dk24 hss

PRICE: £939 ORIGIN: Mexico TYPE: Offset solidbody electric BODY: Alder NECK: 2-piece caramelised maple with hand rubbed urethane finish and graphite reinforcement, bolt-on SCALE LENGTH: 648mm (25.5”) NUT/WIDTH: Graph Tech TUSQ XL/42.86mm FINGERBOARD: Caramelised maple with small dot inlays, 305-406mm (12-16”) radius FRETS: 24, jumbo HARDWARE: Chrome Gotoh Custom 510 6-saddle floating bridge with screw-in arm, Charvel die-cast locking tuners STRING SPACING, BRIDGE: 53mm ELECTRICS: Direct-mount Seymour Duncan SH-10B Custom Full Shred humbucker (bridge), SSL-6 Custom Flat Strat single coil (middle), SSL-6 Custom Flat Strat RWRP single coil (neck), 500k EVH Bourns Low-Friction master volume, No-Load master tone, 5-way pickup selector lever switch WEIGHT (kg/lb): 3.4/7.9 OPTIONS: As Pro-Mod DK24 HSH RANGE OPTIONS: See HSH. There are two Pro-Mod DK24 hardtails: HH HT twin-humbucker with alder body and quilted maple top, and with ash body (both £889) LEFT HANDERS: No FINISHES: Primer Gray (as reviewed), Satin…

7 min.
grand designs

In case you hadn’t heard, Taylor’s master designer Andy Powers is set to see his V-Class bracing system permeate the company’s entire fleet of guitars and it’s currently reached the Grand Concert instruments. V-Class replaces the more established X-bracing pattern that has been standard for generations and is said to increase sustain and improve intonation. We’ve looked at a few V-Class Taylors in the past and found them to be sweetly voiced and characterful, and so expectations are high for the duo in front of us here. The Grand Concert body shape is smaller; Taylor comments that it represents the perfect dimensions for “players of smaller stature as well as those who simply prefer an intimate guitar-playing experience”, and that the addition of the V-Class bracing makes for “a fuller, more…

1 min.
taylor 512ce 12-fret v-class

PRICE: £3,378 (inc hard case) ORIGIN: USA TYPE: Grand Concert acoustic TOP: Western red cedar BACK/SIDES: Tropical mahogany MAX RIM DEPTH: 111mm MAX BODY WIDTH: 381mm NECK: Tropical mahogany SCALE LENGTH: 632mm (24.8”) TUNERS: Taylor slot head with ebony buttons NUT/WIDTH: Black Graphite/44.45mm FINGERBOARD: West African ebony FRETS: 18 medium BRIDGE/SPACING: Ebony/57mm ELECTRICS: Taylor Expression System 2 WEIGHT (kg/lb): 1.7/3.7 OPTIONS: Sitka spruce top, sunburst finish, short scale neck – all at additional cost RANGE OPTIONS: The V-Class Grand Concerts kick off with the 312ce in both 14 and 12-fret version (£2,217 & £2,428) Other 500 series models include the 14-fret 512ce (£3,167) and the mahogany-topped 522ce in both 14 and 12-fret versions (£3,273 & £3,484) LEFT-HANDERS: Yes, no additional cost FINISH: Natural gloss body with satin neck Taylor Guitars +31 (0) 206 676030 www.taylorguitars.com PROS Superbly made instrument with instant ‘take me, I’m yours’ appeal and the sweetest of voices CONS…