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S-Style

ARTICLES

Mod Garage: Taming Highs with Virtual Tone Controls

May 6, 2016
Got a shrill-sounding pickup? Here’s a cheap and easy fix.
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Mod Garage: The Strat-o-Tele Crossover

April 8, 2016
Four ways to bring classic Stratocaster sounds to your Tele.
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Mod Garage: Riptide Stratocaster Wiring

March 4, 2016
Can you merge the best qualities of a Strat and Tele?
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Fender Jimi Hendrix Stratocaster Review

March 1, 2016
A quirky homage to Jimi’s idiosyncratic Stratocasters delivers sonic dividends at an accessible price.
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NAMM '16 - Mojotone '58 Quiet Coil S-style Pickup Set, Deacon, and MT Pilot Demos

February 25, 2016
Hear a new, vintage-inspired set of S-style pickups and two new tube heads—one loaded with 6V6s and another with KT66s.
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NAMM '16 - John Page Classic AJ & Ashburn HH Demos

February 19, 2016
The renowned custom builder shows off two axes geared for working musicians, but with his attention to detail and high-end appointments.
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NAMM '16 - Xotic California Classic XSC Demo

January 28, 2016
The SoCal company shows off a whole line of handbuilt S-style guitars that offer custom-shop appointments at a lower price point.
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NAMM '16 - Charvel Guitars Pro Mod San Dimas Demo

January 22, 2016
Take a ride alongside the hottest super strat at this year's show.
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Vintage Vault: 1965 Foam Green Fender Stratocaster

December 28, 2015
In excellent condition, this handsome instrument can fetch up to $25,000 today.
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Guitar Shop 101: Wiring Humbuckers in Parallel on an HH Strat

December 11, 2015
Put some shimmer and spank into your dual-humbucker guitar with this alternative wiring scheme.
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Jackson SLATXMGQ 3-6 Soloist Review

December 4, 2015
Jackson sets a high standard for affordable shred with an all-round extraordinary axe.
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Mod Garage: Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster Mods

October 30, 2015
Craving Blackmore’s signature tones? These easy mods will edge you closer.
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Fender Announces the Jimi Hendrix Stratocaster

October 28, 2015
The guitar features classic appointments based on his distinctive flipped-over guitars.
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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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