June Issue

What's New

Solar Guitars Announces New Signature Guitars for Jonas Stålhammar and Martin Larsson from At The Gates

May 25, 2018
The A1.6 Baritone ATG is based on the Solar Type A model and includes an extended-scale neck and Fishman Fluence Modern active humbuckers.

Fender Eric Johnson Signature Stratocaster Thinline Review

May 25, 2018
A classic design filtered through the preferences of an iconic Strat player.

ThroBak Electronics Announces the’63 MXVTM Stratocaster Pickup Set

May 25, 2018
The new set was wound on the same model vintage ME-481A pickup winder used to wind early 60’s vintage Fender Stratocaster pickups.

Holy Grail Guitar Show '18 - Jersey Girl Homemade Guitars Seevie & Takutack Demos

May 25, 2018
Hokkaido, Japan, luthier Kaz Goto shows us two of the Holy Grail Guitar Show’s most intricately made guitars—with matching stompboxes and handmade straps.

Holy Grail Guitar Show '18 - iVee Guitars iVee#13 "TTT Bass" Misery 3030 & iVee#107 "es" Wayang Demo

May 25, 2018
Indonesian luthier Ivan Mulia demos 6- and 4-string instruments with meticulously hand-etched metal parts—the bass’ fretless fingerboard.

Holy Grail Guitar Show '18 - Isaac Jang Guitars Orchestra Model Demo

May 25, 2018
Hailing all the way from Hollywood, Jang comes to Berlin with an Italian-spruce-and-cocobolo flattop demoed by British picker Clive Carroll.

Mod Garage: Lean, Mean Series Wiring for Telecasters

May 25, 2018
It’s easy to convert the middle position on a stock 3-way switch into a potent “solo preset.”

Holy Grail Guitar Show '18 - H Guitars H Cutaway Demo

May 24, 2018
Chicago luthier and Hamer Guitars founder Paul Hamer bursts back on the scene with the exquisitely ornate—and surprisingly rocking—H Cutaway.

Holy Grail Guitar Show '18 - Greenfield Guitars G3, Concert Classical & G2 Demos

May 24, 2018
The Canadian builder to stars like Tony McManus and Andy McKee shows off a fanned-fret, slotted-headstock fingerstyle axe played by Pipo Romero.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Peter Hayes and Robert Levon Been

May 24, 2018
On the new album Wrong Creatures, the sonic shamans blur the lines between guitar and bass with effects, open tunings, and banks of amps to create a cocoon of sound.

Holy Grail Guitar Show '18 - Galasso Instruments Kybalion Demo

May 24, 2018
Argentine builder Ezequiel Galasso demos the Kybalion—a solidbody built out of pine bookshelves from an old church and featuring exchangeable brass, ebony, and nylon bridge saddles.

Warwick Unveils the Masterbuilt Streamer Stage I LTD and Teambuilt Streamer LX LTD Basses

May 24, 2018
All the LTD 2018 models can be ordered as four- or five-string basses in both fretted or fretless varieties.

Holy Grail Guitar Show '18 - Deimel Guitarworks Firestar LesLee Custom & Firestar Ellipse Demos

May 24, 2018
The German offset guru shows off two jaw-droppers—a colorful pièce de résistance art piece, and one with a behind-the-bridge pickup and experimental percussion chambers.

Vintage Vault: 1979 Rickenbacker 362/12 Doubleneck

May 24, 2018
A rare bird in mapleglo that’s double the 6-string fun!

Reggie Lucas: 1953–2018

May 23, 2018
From playing classic soul to breaking ground with Miles Davis to crafting pop hits for Stephanie Mills and Madonna, the guitarist-producer led a dazzling and varied career.

Holy Grail Guitar Show '18 - Vuorensaku Guitars T Family Demos

May 23, 2018
Finnish luthier Saku Vuori shows off classic-styled electrics featuring handmade components, reclaimed vintage hardware, and even a built-in fuzz circuit.

Rig Rundown: The Breeders

May 23, 2018
For nearly 30 years, these alt-rock pioneers have created gristly tones full of attitude and angst. Find out how guitarist Kelley Deal and bassist Josephine Wiggs craft their signature tones.

SoundBrut Announces the DRVA MkII

May 23, 2018
The upgrades include a quieter switch, treble-cut pot, and a simplified Q control.

Holy Grail Guitar Show - Red Layer Guitars Juggernaut Demo

May 23, 2018
Amsterdam builder Jort Heijen ups the Berlin show’s metal ante with the 8-string Juggernaut, which features stunning inlay work and a cool ported design.

MOD Devices Launches the MOD Footswitch

May 23, 2018
The footswitch allows users to toggle effects on and off, scroll through lists, and define tap tempos.