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DIY Workshop: 1965 Gibson Firebird restoration part one

It will take some work to make this much-modified vintage ’bird fly again. First it needs a refret and some woodwork…

Vintage Bench Test: 1963 Gibson SG Special

The SG Special took over from the single- and double-cutaway Les Paul Special models in 1961. This example features the short-lived Maestro Vibrola.

Review: Ivison Guitars The Hurricane

With years on the road as a guitar tech and musician under his belt, Neil Ivison recently made the transition from high-end replica builds to original electric guitar design. Will The Hurricane blow our minds?

DIY Workshop: How to relic a 1950s-style sunburst finish

After a break for lacquer curing, sun fading and tinted clear coats, it’s time to see how close we can get to the look of a vintage instrument.

Vintage Bench Test: 1969 Gibson ES-330TDC

Not all ES-330s were created equal and, during its lengthy first run in Gibson’s catalogue, there were some notable changes – the most significant coming in 1968 when the neck join was shifted from the 16th to the 19th fret.

The Big Review: Matchless Laurel Canyon 112R

The king of British-inspired boutique amplifiers debuts its first 6V6 circuit, and it’s every bit as good as you’d expect.

DIY Workshop: Restoring Chris Buck’s house-clearance Stratocaster

Finding a bargain-priced 1962 Stratocaster at a local auction sounds like a fairytale, but this guitar needed a lot of work.

Vintage Bench Test: 1965 Fender Electric XII

The Electric XII was only manufactured from 1965 to 1970, but its contribution to the sonic legacy of guitar music is significant.

The Big Review: B&G Goldfinger

Does this boutique dream machine prove B&G has the Midas touch?

Review: ThroBak Electronics Koss-301 MXV

PAF replicas based on the pickups in Paul Kossoff’s Les Paul, sublime vibrato not included.
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