It may not be your dad’s ’Stang from the 1960s—unless he’s from Italy—but this axe has a unique look and flavor that’s begging for surf rock.
I woke around 5 a.m. a few nights ago when my wife’s phone started buzzing with a FaceTime alert. My in-laws are visiting Italy, and not fully realizing the time difference, kindly decided to say hello in the wee hours of the morning. They’re checking out a few different areas in Italy, and as I listened to the daily vacation recap on speakerphone, I thought about visiting Italy myself someday to search out vintage guitars. Old Italian guitars are among my favorites, and I count the Galanti Grand Prix among my all-time favorite guitars, but this month, I want to talk about a lesser-known example from the 1960s.
This Meazzi Mustang (Photo 1) hailed from the “Hollywood” electric guitar line that spanned from around 1966 to 1969. I have perused a Meazzi catalog from 1967, and the guitars from the era were really something. Touches like geometric pickup covers, beautiful body lines, flashy logos, totally intriguing controls, and clear, tiered pickguards really give one the feeling of a fine Italian sports car ... or maybe one of those ultra-cool old Lambretta scooters that are still weaving through the streets of Capri (where my in-laws were broadcasting from). There’s no question that artistic Italian design has always had a stylish flair, and these guitars were certainly no exception.
Even the names of the guitars in the line included such doozies as the Lovely, Corsair, Jupiter, Zodiac, and Zephir. The hollowbody guitars were coined Spitfire, Old Jazz, and Supersonic, while some of the basses included the Meteor, Tiger, and Kadett. This was a fully complete guitar line for the era, and the features of the Meazzi guitars were a bit dizzying.
Many of the instruments featured over-engineered components such as a proprietary tremolo system (Photo 2), a super-groovy string damper, and an adjustable bridge, as well as quite fine-sounding pickups. Some of the guitars even had an onboard transistorized preamp, which can be pretty awesome when layered over a fuzz pedal.
The Meazzi name is the surname of the founders, and to me, the company seemed very similar to Japan’s Arai, because they both dabbled in all sorts of products and imports—not just guitars. The Hollywood guitars have all the hallmarks and quality of the builders from the famous Catelfidardo region—the birthplace of the accordion and the Polverini factory there. The Meazzi electric-guitar line ceased production in 1969, but Meazzi continued to deal in instrument distribution and amplification for several more years.
This Mustang—and all the Meazzi guitars—are very difficult to find here in the U.S. It’s a shame because they really are fine instruments with a unique feel and voice. The body of this particular Mustang sports a thin, green lacquer finish that contrasts with a slender-profile neck with a thicker, almost plasticized finish. It’s a strange contrast to be sure, but then again, this is a guitar filled with little details that most of today’s guitar makers would never consider.
Things like the string mute that almost resembles a piece of jewelry and the shapely pickguard really give this guitar a bit of sexy. The scale is typical Fender length at 25.5", and the pickups give this guitar a bright, but not overly aggressive tone when compared to the other Italian mini-humbuckers of the era, which can really bust speakers. When layered with deep reverb, this guitar is a total surf-rock machine. And like a Lambretta scooter, the controls are simple enough that it could be an everyday player—with a little work, of course. Viva l’Italia!
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Each year, Premier Guitar likes to put out these mystery boxes as a part of bringing some fun to the holiday season. Remember, this is supposed to be a fun holiday treat! If the contents of this box will ruin your holiday, deplete the last of your bank account, or end your ability to see the good in humanity, it may not be for you.
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Featuring the Adaptive Circuitry recently introduced on their Halcyon Green Overdrive, Origin Effects have brought us a pedal with a character all of its own and a new flavor of drive.
Origin Effects introduce the new M-EQ DRIVER mid booster & drive pedal. Based on a vintage Pultec studio EQ, this unique pedal offers a range of mid-focused tones, from a subtle mid boost to thick, resonant overdrive. Featuring the Adaptive Circuitry recently introduced on their Halcyon Green Overdrive, Origin Effects have brought us a pedal with a character all of its own and a new flavor of drive.
A choice of three mid-range frequencies ensures that you can boost just the right part of your guitar signal and, when pushed harder, can elicit a range of saturation from a classic “mid-hump” overdrive to fierce “cocked wah” distortion. Thanks to the Adaptive Circuitry, the high-end roll-off of the Cut control is reduced as the pedal cleans up. This allows for a smooth transition from warm overdrive to bright clean tones in response to playing dynamics or guitar volume knob changes.
Introducing... M-EQ DRIVER || Mid Booster & Drive
Built-in the UK to the highest standards, the M-EQ DRIVER continues the Origin Effects tradition of vintage, studio-inspired tones in modern guitar pedals. The Origin Effects M-EQ DRIVER is available now from Origin Effects dealers worldwide.
RRP: 259 GBP (Inc VAT) / 319 USD (Ex TAX)
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The new finish, according to Lava Music, is “inspired by the beauty of the golden hour,” a shining time just before sunset and after sunrise when photographers covet to capture stunning pictures.
With bright and warm golden hues, the new finish adds a brilliant metallic glow to the surface of Lava ME 3, complementing its AirSonic 2 carbon fiber unibody which features L3 Preamp with FreeBoost 2.0, delivers industry-leading sounds by breakthrough acoustic technologies, and houses a multi-touch display powered by Lava-developed HILAVA system.
Speaking of the HILAVA system, Lava Music also added four new effects: Nebula, Desert Rose, Cassette, and Edge of Breakup. As unique as their names sound, they are very much different from what we normally know about effects. Programmed into the HILAVA system, each of the four is powered by the company’s latest ArctanDrive algorithm and incorporates effects like Pitch Shift, Delay, and Reverb. And every one of those incorporated sub-effects comes with various parameters that players can adjust to design unique, overdriven sounds by just tapping on the multi-touch display. That said, those effects enable users to play with overdriven tone on an acoustic-electric guitar without even plugging in any external gear.
LAVA ME 3 | Now in Golden Hour | LAVA MUSIC
Lava Me 3 in Golden Hour is now available starting from $999 on LAVA MUSIC, Amazon, and local guitar dealerships near you.
For more information, please visit store.lavamusic.com.