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Reviews: Guitars

Vigier Excalibur Special 7 Guitar Review

April 15, 2013
The tone, playability, and flawless build of the Vigier Excalibur Special 7 elevates the guitar to a level of all-around performance that few companies can touch.
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Eastman T185MX Electric Guitar Review

April 15, 2013
The new Eastman T185MX is an all-solid-wood 15" thinline that channels the rich sound of a full-bodied archtop.
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Eastman AR371CESB Archtop Review

April 3, 2013
Eastman''s affordable jazzbox puts ES-175 style in the hands of jazzers and rockers alike for under $800.
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Ibanez AFJ957 7-String Archtop Review

March 27, 2013
At just $800, this Premier Gear Award-winning 7-string jazz box from Ibanez is perhaps the least-expensive, quality 7-string hollowbody on the market.
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H.S. Anderson Mad Cat Electric Guitar Review

March 11, 2013
If you’re looking for a masterfully built T-style with some unique quirks, the H.S. Andersen Mad Cat is a straight-up killer guitar.
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Godin Montreal Premiere Electric Guitar Review

March 11, 2013
Godin''s Montreal Premiere is a cool deviation from established semi-hollow design templates that''s beautifully built and delivers a more playable, comfortable, and unique sounding guitar.
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Island Forty-Four Electric Guitar Review

March 11, 2013
Island’s Forty-Four is a handcrafted, handsome reinterpretation of the small-bodied, single-pickup Harmony H44.
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Epiphone 50th Anniversary 1962 Crestwood Custom Outfit Electric Guitar Review

February 27, 2013
A reissue of Epiphone''s double cutaway solidbody that proves versatile and individual in terms of tone and style.
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Epiphone 1962 Sheraton E212T Semi-Hollow Guitar Review

February 4, 2013
The new Epiphone 1962 Sheraton E2125 is one of the coolest convergences of vintage feel, playability, and value we’ve seen in a long time.
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Carvin HH2 Allan Holdsworth Electric Guitar Review

February 4, 2013
Boasting a headstock-free design, all-in-one bridge, tailpiece, and tuner assembly affixed to its tail end, Carvin''s new HH2 will evoke thoughts of Steinberger for many.
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PRS 408 Maple Top Electric Guitar Review

January 9, 2013
With its comfortable but substantial neck, artfully and precisely built body and hardware, and vast array of timbres, the PRS 408 Maple Top is an amazing tool for carving out a very individual tone.
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Campbell American Guitars Space Biscuit Electric Guitar Review

December 10, 2012
Beautifully playable and feeling perfectly broken-in right out of the case, the Space Biscuit from Campbell American Guitars is a space-age looking, rock-solid instrument that can sound gloriously traditional when you want it to.
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Fender Cabronita Telecaster Electric Guitar Review

December 10, 2012
Putting the basic recipe of a Custom Shop Cabronita Especial within reach of players on a humbler budget, Fender has shown that it’s heard the pleas of Tele forum members by introducing the Mexican-made Cabronita Telecaster.
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Eastwood Airline ’59 Coronado Electric Guitar Review

November 27, 2012
The latest retro creation from Eastwood channels vintage Supros with a voice that''s all its own.
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G&L Tribute ASAT Classic Bluesboy Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar Review

November 5, 2012
For fans of modern blues and/or classic rock looking for a quality axe that can take them from slicing bridge-pickup leads to funkier dual-pickup sounds and gristly neck-pickup tones, the Bluesboy is well worth checking out.
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Fender American Vintage '65 Jazzmaster Electric Guitar Review

October 16, 2012
The Jazzmaster is relatively en vogue these days, thanks in no small part to once-fringe players like Nels Cline, Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo and Thurston Moore, and a host
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PRS Stripped 58 Electric Guitar Review

October 10, 2012
Since their 2001 debut, Paul Reed Smith’s Singlecut electric guitars have been one of the company’s biggest success stories. Sure, they’re clearly influenced by Smith’s love of the tones
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TV Jones Spectra Sonic C Melody Electric Guitar Review

October 8, 2012
The TV Jones Spectra Sonic C Melody doesn’t disappoint in any regard other than the semi-steep price.
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Gibson Les Paul Standard Electric Guitar Review

August 10, 2012
The 2012 Les Paul Standard is a superb all-around axe that combines archetypal styling with some genuinely smart performance enhancements that make it one of the most versatile Les Paul’s ever and about as varied an electric guitar as you’ll find.
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Deimel Firestar Electric Guitar Review

August 10, 2012
The artistically executed Deimel Firestar is an amazing rock ’n’ roll guitar that was also built with the limitless possibilities of noise rock in mind.
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