April 2020

Reviews: Guitars

Jason Z. Schroeder Chopper TL "T-Pine" Electric Guitar Review

Jason Z. Schroeder Chopper TL "T-Pine" Electric Guitar Review

May 11, 2012
The Chopper TL is a more classic, mid-century riff on the Chopper concept that marries Schroeder’s aura of handcrafted loveliness with semi-hollow tones.
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Reverend Sensei RA Electric Guitar Review

Reverend Sensei RA Electric Guitar Review

May 2, 2012
Sporting the company''s innovative new Railhammer pickups (half pole-pieces, half rail), the Sensei RA represents the heavier side of Reverend''s lineup.
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Epiphone Ultra-339 Electric Guitar Review

Epiphone Ultra-339 Electric Guitar Review

April 18, 2012
Epiphone adds a blendable NanoMag pickup and USB output to Gibson''s small-bodied semi-hollow form.
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Fender Johnny Marr Signature Jaguar Guitar Review

Fender Johnny Marr Signature Jaguar Guitar Review

April 6, 2012
When Fender gave Marr a chance to come up with his own version of the design, he responded with a smart, thoughtful, superbly executed take on this much-misunderstood, and ultra-expressive instrument.
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Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider S Guitar Review

Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider S Guitar Review

April 6, 2012
A more Strat-style three-pickup/tremolo configuration that gives you enough versatility to cover a musical range as wide as Anderson’s.
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Squier Vintage Modified Surf Stratocaster Electric Guitar Review

Squier Vintage Modified Surf Stratocaster Electric Guitar Review

April 4, 2012
A hot-rodded machine ready to churn out anything from cutting, reverb soaked surf crescendos to crisp old-school bluesy bite.
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BilT Guitars El Hombre Electric Guitar Review

BilT Guitars El Hombre Electric Guitar Review

March 20, 2012
Fusing influences from pawn shop prize to 1970s Fender and more, the El Hombre is both bold and familiar.
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M-Tone Slipstream Electric Guitar Review

M-Tone Slipstream Electric Guitar Review

March 9, 2012
Light-emitting diodes, freeze-dried ice cream, and amazing new foams were among the many Space Race spin-offs that trickled down to consumers and ultimately enriched their lives (well, maybe not
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BilT Guitars S.S. Zaftig Electric Guitar Review

BilT Guitars S.S. Zaftig Electric Guitar Review

March 9, 2012
Fender’s also-ran guitars of yesteryear aren’t such also-rans these days. While vintage Stratocasters and Telecasters are out of reach for most folks who don’t have a CEO after their
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Washburn USA Custom Shop Nuno Bettencourt N7 Electric Guitar Review

Washburn USA Custom Shop Nuno Bettencourt N7 Electric Guitar Review

February 22, 2012
The latest collaboration between Washburn and Nuno is an updated version of the classic N4 with a low B string that shines for shred.
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Godin 5th Avenue Uptown GT Electric Guitar Review

Godin 5th Avenue Uptown GT Electric Guitar Review

February 10, 2012
A dual humbucker model with Bigsby vibrato and several clever design decisions that give it an impressive modern feel and a wider array of sounds than you’ll find elsewhere in the 5th Avenue line.
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Echopark Downtowner Custom Koa Limited Electric Guitar Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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