December 2016

S-Style

5-Way Frenzy: Vintage-Style Strat Pickup Review Roundup

October 5, 2015
We test high-end sets from Amalfitano, Fender, Klein, Manlius, and Mojotone in a carefully calibrated American Vintage ’56 Stratocaster.
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Axes & Artifacts: '55 Fender Stratocaster and '59 Deluxe

August 11, 2015
In our second installment, Gruhn Guitars’ Greg Voros shows and tells us about two rare ’50s Fenders—a tweed Deluxe and a Strat with Bakelite parts—while PG’s John Bohlinger mesmerizes us with stellar playing on these fascinating pieces.
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SNAMM '15 - ESP Guitars LTD SN-1000W TSB-F, EC-1000 Koa, M-1000 Koa, & H-1007 B Demos

August 2, 2015
Greg Koch talks about and cranks out some hot licks on the LTD S-style that comes loaded with Fishman Fluence pickups.
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SNAMM '15 - Vintage Guitars Lemon Drop, V6 Icon, & V100MU Demos

July 23, 2015
See and hear Trev Wilkinson talk about three new guitars—a S-style and two LP-style models.
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SNAMM '15 - Schecter Custom Shop Sultan Demo

July 17, 2015
See and hear the recreation of Mark Knopfler's prized S-style axe from the '80s.
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Fender American Standard Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker Review

May 25, 2015
A versatile humbucker/single-coil Strat with pickups by tone guru Tim Shaw.
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Will Ray's Bottom Feeder: 2002 Folk-Art Fender Strat

May 17, 2015
Can you get a good deal if you buy a guitar on the sidewalk?
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Built to Spill’s Doug Martsch: The Lure of Limitations

April 23, 2015
The first album in six years from Idaho’s greatest export since the potato.
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Mod Garage: Trad Strat and Bridge 'Bucker Tones

March 27, 2015
A standard Strat pickup set—and—a switchable humbucker.
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Bottom Feeder: Vintage Icon Series V6 Distressed S-style

March 16, 2015
An authentically vintage-sounding Strat-style axe for under $300.
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Rig Rundown: Wayne Krantz

February 25, 2015
The jazz-rock maverick spills the details on his no-frills, get-it-done setup.
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Echoes of Sweden: The Amazing’s Reine Fiske

February 19, 2015
The Amazing’s Reine Fiske uses vintage gear to take classic guitar vibes into new realms.
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NAMM '15 - Michael Kelly Guitars Triad 10E and 1967 Demos

February 19, 2015
Check out two of the newest offerings from the "boutique-on-a-budget" brand.
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NAMM '15 - Friedman Jerry Cantrell Signature Amp, Phil X Signature Amp, & Custom Guitar Demos

February 13, 2015
The amp master creates three new rock boxes and unveils a new handmade collection of 6-strings.
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NAMM '15 - Kauer Guitars Arcturus & Banshee V2.0 Demos

February 3, 2015
The boutique guitar builder shows off what he thinks a Strat should look and sound like.
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NAMM '15 - Fender 2015 American Standard Limited Edition Demos

January 23, 2015
Each guitar is limited to 500 pieces and will only be available March through December.
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Esoterik Guitars Unveils the DR3

December 3, 2014
This axe comes loaded with Seymour Duncan Blackouts, a Kahler tremolo, a GraphTech nut (placed before the lock for optimum tone) and Gotoh 510 mini tuners.
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Guitar Shop 101: Coil-Tap an HSS Strat

November 21, 2014
Sometimes a small wiring change can yield major sonic dividends.
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Thank You Scientist’s Tom Monda

November 7, 2014
The multi-instrumentalist on his daring new album, odd time signatures, and his early days with Bumblefoot.
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