Vintage

Vintage Bench Test: 1960s Fender Deluxe Shootout

Fender Deluxe amplifiers date back to the early days of the company but, by the mid-1960s, they were almost unrecognisable when compared to amps from the tweed era. We take a look at what happened during the first half of the 60s and compare amplifiers from the brown and black-panel eras.

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.

Tele Shootout: CBS vs pre-CBS Fender Telecasters

Much is made of the desirability of pre-CBS Fenders, but how does a 1952 Telecaster from the golden era stand up to a model from 1968? Time to find out if the answer is as cut and dried as you might think.
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