Saturday, September 21, 2019

Reviews

Gibson SG

Review: Gibson SG Junior, SG Standard ’61 Maestro Vibrola, SG Standard ’61 Sideways Vibrola

The last 12 months have seen big changes at Gibson Brands Inc, with the aim of the company’s Original Collection being to give Gibson fans the guitars they want at prices that won’t break the bank. As we head towards 2020, does this horned trio of red devils prove that vintage-style SGs still deliver the goods?
Supro Silverwood

Review: Supro 1296 Silverwood

The Silverwood was described as “Supro’s finest electric” in the 1960 catalogue. This reissue combines simplified controls with in vogue Gold Foil pickups.
1959 Blonde Jazzmaster

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.
Bunting Melody Queen

Review: Bunting Melody Queen

Boutique offsets may have become almost as popular as fuzz pedals with hand-painted enclosures, but the Bunting Melody Queen is much more than an attempt to jump on the bandwagon.
Gibson 1964 Firebird III red in case landscape

Vintage Bench Test: 1964 Gibson Firebird III

Finding a vintage reverse-body Firebird without a headstock repair is hard enough, but when custom colours are thrown into the mix, they’re scarce indeed.
earthquaker devices plumes

Review: EarthQuaker Devices Plumes

When EarthQuaker launches a new overdrive based on the legendary Ibanez TS808 Tube Screamer, you know it’s going to be more than just a straight tribute.
Fender Pre-CBS coloured strats group shot

Vintage Bench Test: 1961 and 1963 Fender Stratocasters

If you’ve ever wondered whether vintage tone is in the wood or the pickups, this pair of custom-colour pre-CBS Fender Stratocasters may help settle the issue.
Fidelity Guitars Stellarosa

Review: Fidelity Guitars Stellarosa

Public Service Broadcasting and The Horrors are fans, and Dave Grohl was recently seen playing one. If you’re looking for an inspiring retro electric with an identity all of its own, it’s time to get hip to Fidelity Guitars.
blackstar amplug2 fly

Review: Blackstar amPlug 2 Fly Guitar & Bass

Blackstar brings its small-amp knowhow to the popular amPlug range – could these be the best headphone amps on the planet?
Rotosound Ultramag strings

Review: Rotosound Ultramag electric guitar strings

Need more magnetism from your electric strings? Rotosound has you covered with its new Ultramag range.
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