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JMJ Mustang Bass

Another guitar “inspired” by an artist.  This one is a “road worn” model with a specification of Justin Meldal-Johnsen “signature.” He has played Bass for numerous artists, in particular Nine Inch Nails.

Personally, I like a short scale bass and this one in  Daphne Blue with a split-coil pickup, 30” scale and 9.5”-radius fingerboard with rolled edges seems to be ideal.

Ibanez Jem for Lefties

JEM-Vai

This “Lefties only” model (Lefties must like a colourful axe) is part of the Steve Vai 30th anniversary issue.  The HSH pickup layout has an interesting switch system.

Love to try it but I’m right handed.  Could be a new project.

Fender VG Stratocaster USA

A standard USA Strat with a Roland pickup and electronics.  Lots of different sounds.


Nashville B-Bender Telecaster

You may have heard of the Nashville Tele with a Texas Special™  or normal Strat pickup in the middle position, and a five-way pick up selector but this instrument takes it a step further.  With the addition of a device linked to the strap button that enables a player to mechanically bend the B-string up a whole tone to C-sharp. Continue reading

Manchester Guitar & Bass Building Academy

Spent a great day here with James learning the ‘proper’ way to dress frets and set up a guitar. Continue reading

Fender STRAT® PLUS

This new Strat Plus looks and plays no different but features interchangeable “personality cards” which rewire the guitar without the hassle. Continue reading

Custom Built Guitars in Spain

While in Spain last week I came across a luthier who has a small workshop in Plaza Santa Monica at Las Chapas near Marbella on the Costa del Sol.  His name is Alberto Martin Ramos and he allowed me to try out a few of his custom built concert and flamenco guitars which are outstanding. Continue reading

Gibson ES335 Silverburst

This version of the popular Gibson ES335 comes with a Curly Maple/Poplar/Maple laminated top, back, and rims, joined together with a single solid maple center block, mahogany neck with bound rosewood fingerboard. Continue reading

Fender Mando Strat

Fender electric four-string mandolins of the 1950s and ’60s were not too popular but here we have new release (20122/13) for your Fender collection. Continue reading

Collector’s Choice™ #4 1959 Les Paul “Sandy”

Collector's Choice™ #4 1959 Les Paul "Sandy"

At the same time as Gibson are reducing the price of most Les Paul models we have here the latest offering from the Custom Shop Series and a bargain at around £5699. Continue reading