Every month, we’ll compile a few lists of gear that’s fresh out of the oven. Here’s one devoted to electric and acoustic guitars.
Here’s a bargain of a six-string: The X500 sports quality after-market pickups, high-quality construction and premium hardware—and it’ll set you back only about a grand.
Caparison Horus-M3 CC
Courtney Cox, guitarist of The Iron Maidens, receives a signature axe that’s a shred-friendly version of Caparison’s Horus-M3 model.
Ernie Ball Music Man 2018 Cutlass RS
A gorgeous roasted figured maple neck is the key highlight of the 2018 Cutlass models.
Fender Parallel Universe Strat-Tele Hybrid
Classic Tele looks plus a Stratocaster’s features equals this hybrid guitar that looks as though it emerged through a portal from an alternate timeline.
Framus D-Series Diablo Supreme
Framus’ new D-Series of electrics runs the gamut from budget to premium—and the Diablo Supreme is the most spec’ed-out of the lot.
Ovation Richie Sambora Signature Series Elite Double Neck
This twin-necked axe—popularized in Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive” video—is a six- and 12-stringer with a solid Sitka spruce top, ebony fretboard and star inlays.
Ball Family Reserve Axis Super Sport Buckeye Burl Top
This über limited-edition Axis Super Sport has an incredible buckeye burl top, among other exotic tonewoods.
Strandberg USA Select
Not a guitar per se, this line of bespoke headless guitars is meant to be an alternative answer to the Swedish brand’s Made to Measure series.