Shergold Masquerader SM01-SD Ltd Ed Tango Fandango: Bright finish, flexible tones

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With its, ahem, subtle orange finish, the new Shergold Masquerader SM01-SD Ltd Ed Tango Fandango will certainly turn heads! Shergold Masquerader SM01-SD Ltd Ed Tango Fandango Shergold’s new Masquerader models were designed in conjunction with British luthier Patrick Eggle, whose name you may remember from our coverage on the Provocateur model back in May. This latest limited […]

Gibson 2019 Lineup revealed at last – A return to quality and tradition?

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Gibson has been teasing their customers with the ‘Be Ready’ campaign for. a few weeks now and today the new models for 2019 were finally released. All 25 of them are now officially launched. Is 2019 the year that Gibson springs back into life and sheds their poor image? Gibson 2019 Lineup Gibson’s new CEO James […]

New Fender Flame Maple Top ‘Rarities’ Stratocaster: A Strat on steroids?

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Fender has just announced its new Flame Maple Top Stratocaster! They seem to be going for a classic American guitar – with an added touch of class. The new Fender Flame Maple Top Stratocaster is a part of its Rarities series. This one has a two-piece alder body with a lovely flame maple Golden Brown top and a […]

How to make a cheap Squier play like an American Fender

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The difference between expensive American made Fender guitars versus their cheaper import counterparts from the Squier range is often time. What I mean by this sweeping statement is that US-built guitars often benefit from more time spent on the finer details. We could argue over tonewoods, hardware and pickups all year long. It won’t get […]

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 […]

NAMM 2019: Ernie Ball Music Man Stingray Short Scale bass

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Ernie Ball Music Man has released their first ever Short Scale Stingray bass for 2019. It follows on fro a few other companies who are also doing shorter scale length basses, so could 2019 be the year of the short scale? Music Man Stingray Short Scale bass This is a first for the company a […]

NAMM 2019: Fender Duff McKagan Deluxe Precision Bass

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Fender has teamed-up with Guns N’ Roses’ bass more paly Duff McKagan and released a signature version of his old black ’80s Jazz Bass Special model. as its basis, They have tweaked it a little though and given some of the features of his current P Bass. Fender Duff McKagan Deluxe Precision Bass The whole […]

Improve your guitar fretboard with Jef’s secret walnut trick!

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Christmas is upon us and many of you may well have bowls of nuts laying around your home during the festive season. So I figured now would be a good time to share this little guitar trick… Walnut fretboard treatment The humble walnut has many properties – including reducing the risk of heart disease and supposedly […]

Gibson The Paul reissued for its 40th anniversary – A ’70s revival?

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Gibson first introduced the “The Paul” in 1978 and produced it until the 1980s. The peculiarity is the wood, as it is all walnut. Time to celebrate the Seventies? The Paul 40th Anniversary 2019 Gibson has just the reissued The Paul, and according to their own statement everything has been done the same as back […]

Fender Midnight Series: Three classy Strat, Tele and Precision versions made in Japan

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Fender Japan has just announced a new limited edition run, the Midnight series. These dark, almost blacked out versions are available for the Stratocaster, Telecaster and the Precision Bass. Fender Midnight Series These limited edition is made in Japan and encompasses hree guitar models in a Gloss Black finish with matching black-white-black pickguards and finished with gold […]