A V-shape body paired with the handsome, classic appointments of an early-’60s Telecaster Custom
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Bridge pickup, Tone and Volume at 10
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Middle position, both pickups in parallel, Tone and Volume at 10
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Neck pickup, Tone and Volume at 10
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The roots of RS Guitarworks can be traced back to 1994 when woodworker and musician Leedy moved to Winchester and forged a friendship with fellow woodworker and guitarist Bowen, who was a seasoned repairman for a local Fender repair shop. They shared a passion for vintage guitars—particularly an interest in the components that made certain examples of these instruments special. Two years later, they set up shop in Bowen’s basement offering repairs, vintage restorations, custom projects, and distressing jobs. RS has since grown into a full-service shop occupying a large, newly built facility with a staff of six. RS still offers repairs, restoration services, and custom builds, and has also generated a substantial following for its aged parts and electronics upgrade kits, but with guitars like the TeeVee, the company is fast establishing a reputation for building top-shelf vintage-inspired instruments.
A Touch of Vintage
If you didn’t know better, you would swear that the TeeVee Custom was a vintage guitar. The aging of the finish, hardware, and overall appearance is nicely executed. The TeeVee even smells old. Consisting of a few dings and some checking and worming that look pretty authentic, the played-but-loved distressing treatment is tasteful and not overdone.
The guitar is finished with a proprietary blend of three different nitrocellulose lacquers, and I particularly like the aged, 3-tone sunburst finish with its receding brown and red hues that actually appear more vivid on the back of the guitar than the front—not unlike a guitar that spent years sitting in a sunny music store window. And the yellowed cream binding, aged 3-ply mint-green pickguard, and aged nickel hardware add to the instrument’s convincing vintage aura.
Weighing in at a comfortable 7 pounds, 1 ounce, the TeeVee Custom stays close to its Telecaster Custom inspiration with a center seam, non-contoured, 2-piece alder body and a bolt-on, 1-piece maple neck with a dark rosewood fretboard. The 25 1/2" -scale neck has a 10" fretboard radius and is affixed to the body at the 16th fret, which enables excellent upper-register access.
The neck carve, which RS calls the “63C,” is inspired by the shape of Bowen’s favorite 1964 Stratocaster that has a C-shaped tapered carve measuring .835" at the 1st fret and .960" at the 12th fret. (Other carves are available.) And on the back of the neck, the worn satin finish combined with rolled fretboard edges gives the TeeVee a super-silky feel. The neck is topped off with the compact RS Guitarworks Tele-esque headstock that features aged nickel TonePros Kluson-style tuners. The fretboard sports a 1 5/8" Tusq nut and is capped with 21 polished 6105 nickel-silver frets. The TeeVee’s clay-dot fret markers contrast nicely with the dark rosewood ’board. True to its vintage specifications, the single-action truss rod is accessed by removing the neck—not the most convenient setup, but true to the TeeVee’s inspiration.
The guitar has a pair of proprietary, vintage-voiced Lindy Fralin RS 60 staggered single-coils that feature alnico 5 bar magnets. The nickel-covered neck pickup is wound hotter than the bridge pickup (these aged pickups spec at 7k and 6.2k, respectively).
The electronics and hardware reflect exacting standards and an eye for vintage realism and high quality. The TeeVee has a low-profile RS-stamped Glendale Bridge (with its treble side ground down), compensated aluminum saddles, a 280 kΩ RS Superpot for volume, and a CTS tone pot. All the parts are aged, and, where possible, conform to period-correct specifications. The builders at RS even dye the guitar’s cloth-covered wiring to match the instrument’s finish.
Perhaps my only real qualm with the instrument’s design is the location of the Tele-type control plate on the V shaped body, which places the volume knob a bit closer to the bridge than I’d like, and right in the path of my picking hand when I’m strumming.
Care Translates to Tone
The high degree of craftsmanship on the TeeVee Custom translates into an instrument that has exceptional playability and offers a wide range of sounds on tap. The lightweight, resonant guitar sounded great before I even plugged it into the blackface Fender Bandmaster and TomasZewicz 35112 amps I used for this review.
The combination of alder body and rosewood fretboard works well with the spanky Fralin pickups to emphasize the lower midrange. In general, the tone seems somewhat more muscular and less bright than a typical Telecaster, but there’s still plenty of traditional snap and twang on tap if you need it. The bridge pickup is not overly bright, and the tone control has a really broad range that enabled me to move from brighter Tom Petty-like rock tones to darker and more aggressive sounds.
The folks at RS and Fralin devoted a lot of time to designing these pickups, and the attention to detail is evident in their sound. The hotter neck pickup was a pleasant surprise, featuring a clear, harmonically rich color that’s perfect for single-note passages or fingerpicking. And the middle position (pickups in parallel) also offered up some truly funk-worthy textures that were simultaneously fat and chiming with a trace of out-of-phase quack. In any setting, the Fralin pickups are impressive, consistently delivering sweet, balanced sounds in both clean and high-gain applications. The TeeVee Custom has enough sonic variety to adapt to virtually any musical style—just like a good Tele.
With its quality components and meticulous craftsmanship, the TeeVee custom stands out as a top-notch player’s tool, and its unique synthesis of Tele and V designs and relic’d look make the RS TeeVee a real showstopper onstage. But the icing on the cake is the TeeVee’s full-bodied, muscular tones and silky playability. This combination makes the TeeVee a professional-level instrument fit for a guitarist who doesn’t mind a bit of flash.
you’re looking for vintage Tele tone in a more individual-looking guitar, and you’re not a wallflower.
the integration of the two classic designs doesn’t resonate with you, and you like a Tele-sounding guitar to look like one too.
Street $3095 - RS Guitarworks - rsguitarworks.net
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Looking for a compact, “noiseless” way to plug in and play guitar? Check out the brand-new Gibson Digital Amp, available only in the Gibson App.
The new Gibson App simplifies the learning process and brings guitar playing to life for the current and next generation of guitarists in a modern, comprehensive, and intuitive way. The Gibson App is the place to take your guitar playing to the next level. New to the Gibson App is the Gibson Digital Amp, the ultimate starting amplifier for beginners and a flexible amp on-the-go for intermediate players and pros to get their sound anywhere. The Gibson Digital Amp is an accessible amplifier for both acoustic and electric guitars, and is currently available for Apple/iOS users--an Android version will debut next year.
Use the Gibson Digital Amp’s jamming guide to get started and transform your sound with built-in effects and pedals, jam to backing tracks, or use it in lessons and songs. The Gibson Digital Amp only requires your phone, and wired headphones for the best playing experience, no cables are needed. The amp features 3 acoustic mic presets, 4 electric amp presets, and 6 effects pedals.
The Gibson Digital Amp is the ultimate starting amplifier for beginners and a flexible amp on-the-go for intermediates and pros.
The Gibson App uses a unique two-way, interactive platform to teach guitar students how to do everything from playing their first note to shredding loads of songs. The Gibson App features interactive lessons with thousands of lessons and songs. Learn the songs step-by-step with video tutorials from superstar artists and pro guitarists in the “Gibson App Guide.” The Gibson App also includes the new Digital Amp, a built-in tuner, a metronome, Gibson TV, and new songs are added every week. New Gibson App Guides are added regularly and include Tommy “Spaceman” Thayer’s favorite iconic KISS guitar solos, Richie Faulkner’s (Judas Priest) “Guide to Metal,” Jared James Nichols’ “Guide to Blues,” CELISSE’s “Guide to Songwriting,” and more.
The Gibson App uses “audio augmented reality” to provide dynamic feedback to students as they learn and play. As you pluck a note or strum a chord, the Gibson App listens to your guitar and gives you real-time feedback on your playing. It also gives students a more contextual learning experience: Instead of learning chords and scales in a vacuum, you’re able to practice on a scrolling tablature that lets you hear how you sound with the backing of a virtual band. That means you can load up “Hurt” by Johnny Cash, “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison, “American Girl" by Tom Petty, “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica, “Where is My Mind" by Pixies, “Country Roads” by John Denver, “I Hate Myself For Loving You" by Joan Jett, “Heaven” by Kane Brown, “Shape Of You” by Ed Sheeran, “Killer Queen” by Queen,“ Sweet Child O’ Mine,” by Guns ‘N Roses, “Run to the Hills” by Iron Maiden, “Roxanne” by The Police, and “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “The Man Who Sold the World” by Nirvana, “Are You Gonna Go My Way” by Lenny Kravitz, and “Don't Look Back In Anger” by Oasis and hundreds more songs in a wide range of genres, to see how your play matches up with such seminal tracks.
As you’re playing, the Gibson App gives you feedback on timing and tone, ensuring that students are getting active input on how their play is developing. The Gibson App appeals to players of all levels, it’s not just for beginners looking to learn a few chords; the app can assist seasoned guitarists who are working their way through difficult riffs, want to learn their favorite songs, or polish their advanced techniques.
Players can also challenge themselves by speeding up or slowing the tabs. Like having a full-time guitar teacher, the Gibson App keeps track of all your progress and adjusts lesson plans accordingly. The Gibson App released a “backing track mode” which supports both lesson and song playback without headphones, so users can self-select what works best for their current environment. And that’s not all: the Gibson App also packs in a fully-featured digital tuner for guitar first-timers, there’s even a detailed lesson on how to tune your instrument, a multi-function metronome, players can connect to free one-on-one consultations with Gibson’s Virtual Guitar Tech team, and to direct links to the Gibson, Epiphone, and Kramer online stores for easy shopping for guitars, gear, apparel, and accessories.
Learn Guitar With The Gibson App
The Gibson App is more than a pocket-sized guitar teacher, it’s loaded with an archive of exclusive content and original programming from its premium and accessible award-winning online network, Gibson TV, featuring music icons telling their best guitar stories, with more episodes and installments added regularly. Users can watch Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi share insights and tales from his decades-long career on the series “Icons,” dive into Joe Bonamassa’s assortment of legendary Les Paul guitars on “The Collection,” or see how Gibson’s iconic instruments are made in their Nashville factory from body to binding on “The Process.” There’s even a series called “The Scene” that focuses on backstage stories from hallowed music venues from coast to coast like The Troubadour and Grand Ole Opry.
The Gibson App free version features a few lessons a day; the premium version of the Gibson App offers full access and a 14-day free trial, then costs $19.99/£16.49 monthly or $119.99/£98.99 yearly.
For more information, please visit gibson.com.
This pickup captures the clear, bell-like single-coil chime of a classic P-90 when played clean and retains the tight mids and articulate low-end vintage growl and smooth sustain saturation when pushed into overdrive.
Belltone Guitars, as part of their Custom-Select System curated offering of pickups, has partnered McNelly pickups to create a one-of-a-kind retro-vibe P-90 pickup in the standard Filtertron size format. This pickup captures the clear, bell-like single-coil chime of a classic P-90 when played clean and retains the tight mids and articulate low-end vintage growl, and smooth sustain saturation when pushed into overdrive.
The McNelly P-90 Foil-Coil comes housed in a ‘raw’ nickel outer casing with a dull nickel foil face with metal mount screw gromets to complete the ‘new-vintage’ aesthetic, making it a perfect choice for your signature Belltone custom build. Available exclusively through Belltone Guitars.
Check out the Custom-Select System belltoneguitars.com to preview the McNelly P-90 Foil-Trons and all our standard and selectable components available to create your own signature Belltone. Then visit the Dream Lab on our website and select either model B-Classic ONE with its top binding or B-Classic TWO with its arm and body contours select your body color from our wide range of offerings, select your neck profile of either standard ‘C’ or thicker ’59 Round Back and either Maple or Rosewood fingerboard followed by your tuners, pickguard, and strings. Finally, review our curated custom-designed, and unique pickup selection to locate the McNelly P-90 Foil-Trons to complete your signature build.
Builds start at just over $2,300.00 with a custom case and shipping included.
For more information, please visit belltoneguitars.com.
McNelly P 90 Foil Tron video Sep27
DiMarzio, Inc. announces the Relentless P (DP299), the Relentless J Bridge (DP301), Relentless J Neck (DP300), and the Relentless J Pair (DP302) for 4 string basses.
DiMarzio, Inc. announces the release of the Relentless P (DP299), the Relentless J Bridge (DP301), Relentless J Neck (DP300), and the Relentless J Pair (DP302) for 4 string basses. The new Relentless P and Relentless J series pickups feature the Relentless cover designed in collaboration with Billy Sheehan.
As with the Relentless pickups, we removed all the hard edges from the standard P Bass and standard J Basspickups, and added an arch to the top of the pickups to bring the sensing coils and pole pieces closer to the strings. These improvements increase the dynamic range and make active circuitry unnecessary.
The Relentless P and Relentless J pickups incorporate Neodymium magnets and produce 70 percent more output than traditional passive pickups, and they’re dead quiet due to the incorporation of metal covers and foil-shielded cables. To dial in (or fine-tune) the individual string output, the Relentless P and Relentless J include eight adjustable pole pieces. These pickups also have a broad magnetic field so you can even bend notes without volume dropout.
DiMarzio’s extra shielding makes the Relentless P and Relentless J better for both recording and stage performances. We’ve mounted them onto robust .09375” thick circuit board base plates to eliminate the annoying protruding mounting screws — ultimately creating a more comfortable and consistent foundation to rest your fingers on.
The new Relentless P steps beyond the traditional P-Bass sound and can only be described as massive. It has more of everything: more volume, beefier lows, a growling midrange, and crispy highs with better individual string definition.
The Relentless J incorporates a new invention, (patent pending) parallelogram-shaped coils, offering an expanded mid-range punch, snappy highs, precise lows, and a new dimension to the sound of the Relentless series pickups.
Relentless P and Relentless J pickups will breathe new life into any bass, increase playability, and work well for any style of music from Motown to metal.
DiMarzio’s Relentless P, Relentless J Bridge, Relentless J Neck, and Relentless J pair are made in the U.S.A. and may now be ordered for immediate delivery.
Suggested List Price for the Relentless P is $169.00 (MAP $119.99).
Suggested List Price for the Relentless J Bridge and Relentless J neck is $155.00 (MAP $109.99).
Suggested List Price for the Relentless J Pair is $296.00 (MAP 209.99).
For more information, please visit our website at dimarzio.com.