Burls Art crafts translucent 100% epoxy resin guitar

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Burls Art has made some fascinating guitars and many have involved using epoxy resin as part of the guitar body. He has embedded coloured pencils and jaw breakers in his guitars, making instruments that are nothing if not eye catching. Almost as interesting as his guitars are the videos that record his manufacturing process. His latest […]

Gibson’s answer to PRS? 1992 Experimental Prototype DC Standard Pro

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Back in the late ’80s and early ’90s Gibson was trying to fight off the competition from newcomer PRS and one of their ideas was this experimental prototype DC Standard Pro that has just turned up on YouTube’s Trogly’ Guitar Show channel. 1992 Experimental Prototype DC Standard Pro Trogley’s Guitar Show has just posted an interesting new […]

How to tell a fake PRS John Mayer Silver Sky guitar from the real thing

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Unfortunately, the guitar market is replete with fakes and copies of respected brands. We’ve all seen our fair share of copies of famous models by Fender and Gibson. This week, a bunch of suspiciously cheap instruments advertised as PRS John Mayer Silver Sky guitars have turned up on the internet. The only problem is, they’re not. Not […]

Possible CITES U-turn: Is Rosewood set for a comeback?

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In January, the International Coalition Meeting involving trade bodies from all over the world discussed the proposal to exempt rosewood used in instrument manufacture from CITES regulatory controls. If adopted, this would have a huge impact on guitar makers all over the world.  In May 2019, the CITES board will meet in Sri Lanka to discuss […]

Top 5 Guitars of 2018 by Fender, PRS, Ibanez, Reverend and Lucem

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For me, 2018 has been a pretty epic year for guitarists. We’ve had some amazing new gear and advances in both guitar design and technology. Some of them have even been quite controversial for the reserved ‘old guard’ of guitarists…  Top Gear 2018 Okay, I’m going to say it and I have no qualms about […]

Maple on Maple: PRS SE Custom limited edition guitars for Europe

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PRS Europe has just announced a limited run of SE Custom ‘Maple on Maple’ guitars. Following on from their recent European limited run of Bernie Marsden signature model guitars, this exclusive run has a rather sleek look that PRS fans may find tempting. ‘Maple on Maple’ Available only in Europe, the models in this limited […]

Guitar sustain: Do heavier guitars really sustain for longer?

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There are many myths around the guitar out there and one thing you hear again and again: heavy guitars resonate longer and have better sustain. Ergo lighter guitars sound thinner or have less bass. But is it true? Heavy = Sustain? Darrell Braun from the YouTube channel Darrell Braun Guitars just tried it. How did […]

Is ESP going to finally release the James Hetfield Purple Snakebyte?

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The ESP James Hetfield Snakebyte is Metallica frontman’s signature model guitar and fans have seen him toting a purple version on stage for the last six months. Now it looks like it may actually be released sometime soon… ESP James Hetfield Purple Snakebyte Metallica fans have been arguing over whether or not the Purple Snakebyte […]

UK Guitar Show 2018: A new two-day event for Brits mad about guitars

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A new two-day show for guitarists is coming to London in late September and will feature some of the best electric and acoustic guitars, equipment and, of course, demos. The UK Guitar Show 2018 The show is being held on 29th and 30th September at the Olympia in London, a large enough venue to cram in […]

Waves PRS SuperModels amp plugins – Launches with low introductory price

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The brand new PRS SuperModels amp plugins are the latest plugin collection from Waves and were designed in conjunction with Paul Reed Smith himself. Based on three desirable PRS valve amps and available for a short time at a nice introductory price point. PRS SuperModels The bundle announced back in January during the Winter NAMM Show has […]