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Reviews: Guitars

ESP James Hetfield Snakebyte Electric Guitar Review

November 15, 2011
Metallica’s James Hetfield, who began using their guitars extensively in the late ’80s while in the twilight of the band’s thrash-metal era, often championed ESP’s quality, playability, and tone.
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Charvel Desolation Skatecaster SK-1 ST Electric Guitar Review

November 2, 2011
With the introduction of Charvel’s new Desolation series, the Surfcaster’s cool visual lines were reborn in the new Skatecaster model.
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Framus Hollywood DC Electric Guitar Review

October 18, 2011
The new 24 3/4"-scale Hollywood DC is based on the original Hollywood 5/131—a model that originated as Framus’ late-’50s bid to meet the demand for rock-oriented guitars.
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G&L Tribute Series ASAT Deluxe Carved Top Electric Guitar Review

October 12, 2011
A handsome, cost-effective alternative to the Fullerton-made ASATs, packed with features that reflect both a muscular posture and a sense of refinement.
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Gibson Firebird X Electric Guitar Review

October 4, 2011
If you remove any preconceived notions or expectations, the Firebird X is a pretty cool guitar, both in sound and function.
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Gretsch G6128T-GH George Harrison Signature Duo Jet Electric Guitar Review

September 20, 2011
Made in Japan, the guitar features all the custom appointments that differentiated Harrison’s guitar from other Duo Jets of the late ’50s and early ’60s.
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Collings 290 DC S Electric Guitar Review

September 20, 2011
This is a Collings through-and-through—a guitar that significantly refines one of the most elegantly simple templates in electric-guitar history.
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Dingwall Custom I Electric Guitar Review

September 13, 2011
A boutique blend of Tele twang with Filter''Tron-style pickups and Bigsby.
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Line 6 JTV-59 Variax Electric Guitar Review

August 30, 2011
The JTV-59 combines Line 6''s modeling technology with a pair of PAF-style humbuckers
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Richmond Guitars Empire Mahogany Electric Guitar Review

August 16, 2011
Richmond’s latest, the Empire, rocks with a no-frills, budget-lux combination of appointments and playability that’s the stuff of pawnshop sleepers and minor classics like the Gibson Melody Maker.
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