Vintage

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.

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.

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.

Vintage Bench Test: 1963 Gibson J-50

A vintage Gibson acoustic is many a producer’s secret weapon and this gorgeous example certainly has ‘that’ sound.

Vintage Bench Test: 1969 Fender Rosewood Telecaster

Late-1960s Telecasters are not especially rare – unless they happen to have a rosewood body and neck like the guitar George Harrison played on the roof of the Apple building in 1969.

Vintage Bench Test: 1963 Fender Bass VI

The ultimate secret weapon in the recording studio?

Vintage Bench Test: 1961 Jazzmaster vs 1966 Jaguar shootout

Fender’s Jazzmaster and Jaguar might look similar, but when we put a pair of vintage custom-colour offsets through their paces, they prove to be very different animals.

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.

Vintage Bench Test: Les Paul Special shootout

Only a year separates these two Gibsons, but the sonic and structural changes are significant. Find out what happens when single and double-cut Les Paul Specials from 1958 and ’59 go head-to-head.

Vintage Bench Test: 1959 Fender Jazzmaster

This ash-bodied 1959 Jazzmaster sports a gold anodised pickguard and a blonde finish, making it one of the rarest and most collectible offsets in the Fender canon. Although its price tag that places it firmly in the wheelhouse of collectors and rockstars only, we wonder about the impact that ash has on vintage Jazzmaster tone.
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