June Issue

Articles by Shawn Hammond

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.
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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.
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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 art pièce de résistance, and one with a behind-the-bridge pickup and experimental percussion chambers.
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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.
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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.
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Holy Grail Guitar Show '18 - Versoul Custom Raya 6 and Buxom 12-string Demos

May 23, 2018
Kari Nieminen comes to Berlin from Finland with a gold-leaf-covered solidbody favored by Ron Wood and a jumbo 12-string used by Pete Townshend.
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Holy Grail Guitar Show '18 - Teuffel Guitars Naked Birdfish and Niwa Prodigy

May 23, 2018
German boutique guitar icon Uli Teuffel shows off even more refined versions of two heralded models—the Naked Birdfish and Niwa Prodigy.
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Holy Grail Guitar Show '18 - Malinoski Guitars Hobo Demo

May 22, 2018
The Maryland, U.S.A., builder hops the Atlantic to show the high-end European gathering two Hobo models with unique, one-piece ribbed construction.
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Holy Grail Guitar Show '18 - Matsuda Guitars M1 Demo

May 22, 2018
Tokyo-born acoustic craftsman Michihiro Matsuda came from Oakland to Berlin with a flattop bearing exquisitely ornate mosaic work.
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Holy Grail Guitar Show '18 - Manzer Guitars Archtop Demo

May 22, 2018
D’Aquisto-trained Canadian luthier Linda Manzer demos a sumptuously curved archtop featuring a unique complement of soundports.
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Quick Hit: Lovell Shakey

May 11, 2018
Myriad subtleties lurk within this lovely-sounding pedal named after Neil Young’s filmmaking alter ego.
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Tuning Up: “Hi, Please Throw Away My New Album”

May 9, 2018
Eight reasons why your music might not be getting the attention you crave.
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Hü Tonelabs Psychlone Jr. Review

May 7, 2018
Custom-shop style and quality collide in a unique axe that references Fender and Gibson via George Jetson and Lindy Fralin.
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Tuning Up: A Chord, Perhaps, Mr. Creosote?

April 19, 2018
How guitarists are like the most disgusting character in Monty Python’s history.
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Quick Hit: Schuyler Dean Jazzmaster Gold Foil Set

March 29, 2018
Offset meets Teisco meets Danelectro meets Tele, anyone?
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Quick Hit: Red Hawk Effects Raven

March 22, 2018
A Brazilian take on ’60s Fuzz Faces serves up some gorgeous germanium and silicon sounds at an incredible price.
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Tuning Up: The Transformational Reverb Sandwich

March 19, 2018
Signal-chain placement can make or break a lot more than just your fuzz or wah pedals.
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NAMM '18 - Bose S1 Pro Multi‑Position Bluetooth PA System Demo

February 15, 2018
The pro-audio gurus demonstrate a remarkably small, powerful, and great-sounding acoustic-amp option.
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NAMM '18 - Hughes & Kettner Era 2 Demo

February 15, 2018
Hankering for a bigger, more powerful version of the German amp maker’s acoustic blast box? Search no more!
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NAMM '18 - Benson Amps The Sorcerer Ryan Adams Signature Amp Demo

February 15, 2018
A collaboration with Ryan Adams and Chase Bliss Audio’s Joel Korte yields one of the coolest-sounding amps of the entire NAMM show.
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