December 2020

Single-coil-equipped

ARTICLES

1961 Supro Vintage Vault

A ’61 Supro That’s Super for Slide

November 22, 2020
This original archtop Coronado’s Vistatone pickups speak the language of Ry Cooder and other tone hounds.
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Nov20 Reader Guitar of the Month 1972 Fender Strat homepage

Reader Guitar of the Month: A Strat Comes Full Circle

November 5, 2020
A Hendrix fan details the journey of his first real guitar, a 1972 Fender Strat that he modded, returned to spec, and is now enjoying again in quarantine.
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fender Brent Mason Telecaster

First Look: Fender Brent Mason Telecaster

October 26, 2020
B-bender, mini-bucker, and copious switching options make this session master's signature Telecaster a twanging tone chameleon.
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Fender American Professional II Strat

First Look: Fender American Professional II Stratocaster

October 13, 2020
The world’s most iconic electric evolves again—this time with a roasted pine body, contoured heel, rolled fretboard edges, and more articulate pickups.
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Oct20Wizard of Odd Valco Custom Kraft homepage

How Could Guitars with Names Like These Not Be Amazing?

October 8, 2020
Meet the Custom Kraft Beat Blaster, Agitator, Bone Buzzer, and Groover!
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Surf with a Space-Age Samurai Yamaha guitar homepage

Surf with a Space-Age Samurai

September 14, 2020
Up close and personal with a mint-condition 1968 Yamaha SG-5.
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Bottom Feeder King Stang homepage

Will Ray’s Bottom Feeder: Scoring a King T-Stang

September 13, 2020
Three offers and a partial refund—the beginning of a beautiful 6-string friendship.
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Mod Garage HSH Mod homepage

How to Get the Most out of Hum-Sing-Hum Wiring

September 11, 2020
This circuit lets you get HSH and SSS-like tones from a single guitar.
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Fender

Fender Celebrates with 70th Anniversary Esquire

August 19, 2020
Leo Fender's first solidbody was released in 1950 and the new anniversary model will feature a Tim Shaw-designed Esquirebridge pickup inspired by an original '50 Esquire from Songbirds Museum in Chattanooga, TN.
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Brent Mason Fender Telecaster homepage

Fender Announces the Stories Collection Brent Mason Telecaster

August 11, 2020
One of the most-recorded guitarists gets the spitting-image signature treatment on his heavily-modified 1967 solidbody.
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Fender Player Series Duo-Sonic demo

First Look: Fender Player Duo-Sonic

August 10, 2020
A streamlined, short-scale solidbody that spans Stratocaster tones and Telecaster simplicity.
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Rickenbacker 381 vintage guitar vintage vault dave's guitar shop homepage

A Thick Body Rick Classic in Perfect Fireglo

June 29, 2020
This 381 from 1970 also features then-new Hi-Gain single-coil pickups.
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Aug20 Will Ray Bottom Feeder Bohemian Guitars Oil Can Guitar Ebay Photo homepage

Will Ray’s Bottom Feeder: Bohemian “Old Glory” Oil-Can Guitar

June 22, 2020
After a time-consuming series of tweaks, our columnist is glad he didn’t can the can.
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Fender Acoustasonic Strat homepage review guitar

Fender Acoustasonic Stratocaster: The Premier Guitar Review

June 19, 2020
Convincing acoustic images, sweet single-coil tones, and slinky playability make up an impressively utilitarian hybrid instrument.
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Wizard of Odd JVC Victor Japanese Guitar homepage

Rare '60s Japanese JVC Victor Still Flies Today

May 24, 2020
The flagship model for Japanese electronics juggernaut was here and gone in the blink of an eye, but certainly not because of quality issues.
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Abernethy Sonic Empress homepage

Comfort Is King in This ’60s-Inspired Offset That’s Full of Surprises

April 20, 2020
Mutant forces converge in a super-playable solidbody. The PG Abernethy Sonic Empress review.
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Vintage Strats Iso Lab

Iso Lab: 1955 vs. 1966 Fender Stratocasters

April 20, 2020
PG's John Bohlinger couch surfs during the quarantine and slugs it out with his vintage Strats.
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No-Brainer Mods DIY - homepage

No-Brainer Mods 2020

April 14, 2020
Three bold projects for DIY-ers tired of the tame.
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Guild X-175

First Look: Guild X-175 Manhattan Special

March 30, 2020
Thanks to its DeArmond Dynasonic pickups, true hollowbody tone delights await in this classy and handsomely styled 6-string that won't break the bank.
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Cozart “Custom Shack” T-Style homepage

Will Ray’s Bottom Feeder: Cozart “Custom Shack” T-Style

March 25, 2020
Our columnist’s winning ticket: a modded China-built 6-string for $160 including shipping.
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