August

Reviews: Guitars

Echopark Downtowner Custom Koa Limited Electric Guitar Review

February 10, 2012
The Downtowner is a simultaneously stunning and understated instrument that cleverly fuses design elements from a few famous vintage guitars—the curvy bout of the Les Paul and simplicity of the SG Classic—with funky Supro- and Silvertonelike lines.
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MJ Guitars GrooveMaster Electric Guitar Review

January 10, 2012
MJ’s newest creation is the Groovemaster, a P-90 equipped solidbody that melds the company’s distinctive, curvaceous designs with elements from vintage Fender and Gibson axes.
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Mario Guitars Serpentine 2 Electric Guitar Review

January 10, 2012
The sounds you can extract from the hyperlight, super-playable, and sweet-sounding guitar can range from beautifully familiar to revelatory—and just might change the way you see and hear the potential in shortscale, Fender-style solidbodies.
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Schecter Hellraiser Solo-6 E/A Guitar Review

December 20, 2011
Even though it’s based on what’s been one of the company’s biggest hits, this version uses semi-hollow body construction and a Fishman Powerbridge to expand its sonic potential.
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Larrivée Guitars Bakersfield Electric Guitar Review

December 20, 2011
It is little surprise that the Canadian-turned- Californian luthier would be compelled to try his own take on a Tele-style in the form of the Bakersfield.
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Peavey Session Electric Guitar Review

November 15, 2011
Somewhere at a point where superhero paint-jobs, traditionally-inspired design, and a heavy-rocking attitude meet, lives the new Peavey Session.
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Perri Ink Protostar Custom Electric Guitar Review

November 15, 2011
Perri Ink is a newcomer in the high-end guitar market.
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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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ToneNation Guitars Heartland Standard Electric Guitar Review

August 16, 2011
ToneNation’s Heartland Standard is a set-neck, dual-humbucker electric that unites traditional construction principles and more personal, player-oriented design optimizations.
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Vigier Guitars G.V. Wood Electric Guitar Review

August 16, 2011
The new G.V. Wood single-cutaway model is very much a product of Vigier’s evolutionary impulses—with a fantastic array of tones and an innovative, super-slick fretboard.
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Ibanez RG920QM Premium Electric Guitar Review

August 9, 2011
The Premium series aims to bring the features and quality of a high-end Ibanez to a new line of Indonesian-made guitars.
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