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: 1967 Marshall Super Bass

Despite its name, many guitarists regard the 100-watt Marshall Super Bass as the ultimate in vintage Plexi tone. We check out this very early example and find out why… 

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.
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