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Fender Classic Series – 50’s Esquire

Classic Series Esquire

The Classic series ’50s Esquire features an ash body, a C-shaped maple neck, a vintage-style three-saddle string-through-body Telecaster bridge, and a vintage-style single-coil Telecaster pickup with custom-wired three-way switching.

The  three-way switching on a single-pickup guitar gives you three preset tones. In the bridge position, the pickup is connected only to the volume control (the tone control is disconnected); this minimal circuitry produces more top-end sparkle than is possible with a Telecaster. In the middle position, the standard tone control circuit is activated. In the neck position, the tone control is again disengaged, but a tone-shaping capacitor rolls off much of the top end and some bottom, producing a darker tone and slight volume loss.

The original version of this oldie was used by artists such as Jeff Beck and Bruce Springsteen.  The New release can be yours for around £500 and is available in Black, White or Sunburst.

Bert Weedon

A fond farewell to Bert Weedon who died today aged 91. Thanks for the riffs Bert.Play in a Day

Krist Novoselic Signature RD Bass

The RD standard bass was launched with the active RD artist in 1977, and sold just over 900 instruments to 1979 when production ceased. The standard was the passive model and featured two newly designed Gibson series 3 humbuckers.

The body was solid maple, with a three-piece laminated set maple neck. Fingerboards were either maple or Ebony.

Krist Novoselic used several different Gibson basses while in Nirvana, and the black RD bass on which this Signature model was based.

Graham Coxon Signature Telecaster

Graham Coxon Signature Telecaster
Graham Coxon Signature Telecaster

Around £550

Fender hounors Blur guitarist and famous Telecaster user with a signature guitar with a Blonde finish ash body, C-shaped maple neck. It has a gloss urethane finish, rosewood fingerboard with 9.5” radius and 21 medium jumbo frets, Seymour Duncan® ’59 SH-1 humbucking neck pickup with black bezel, vintage-style single-coil Telecaster bridge pickup, three-position switch with “top hat” tip, knurled chrome knobs on 375k volume and tone pots that contribute to brighter sound from both pickups, tortoiseshell pickguard, vintage-style Telecaster bridge with three threaded steel saddles, chrome hardware, vintage-style tuners, ’70s-style headstock decal and Coxon’s signature on the back of the headstock.

Looks like a Telecaster to me.

Epiphone Ultra III

Epiphone Ultra III

This new offering from Epiphone/Gibson is a Les Paul lookalike which features a Nanomag pickup for acoustic tones, as well as the pair of Epiphone’s new ProBucker™ humbucking pickups similar to Gibson’s BurstBuckers™. Also built into the bridge pickup mounting ring is a full-function, chromatic tuner.

By using the standard 1/4″ jack both the humbuckers and NanoMag are mixed into one signal. When you plug another 1/4″ cable into the Ultra III’s Stereo output, the humbuckers are routed through one cable and the NanaMag the other.  Also using a USB cable you can plug directly into your computer.

Watch the video, it’s err “Interesting”

Available in 4 colours at around £550

Colour Range

50th Anniversary Pete Townshend SG

Wow, another anniversary model.  Pete Townshend started using the SG model when it became too expensive to smash up the semi acoustics that he was playing.  At least the SG could be repaired a little easier.

It comes with:

  • Solid Mahogany body with Alpine White nitrocellulose finish
  • Slim, fast 60’s style neck profile
  • Two Gibson USA P-90 single-coil pickups
  • Wraparound bridge with compensated “lightning bar” saddle ridge
  • High-quality Mini Grover™ kidney button tuners
  • Gibson USA hardshell case with silver block-letter WHO stencil

The P90 pickups are wound with more turns than Fender single coils which makes them a bit meatier but produces more hum, hence the development of the Humbucker.  These days it isn’t such a problem.

The Fender Tele-Bration series

Yet more Anniversary Models from Fender

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Telecaster has been around for a while and now with yet another limited edition launched you may feel spoiled for choice.

From the top they are:

1 Flame Top

2 Old Growth Redwood

3 Modern Thinline.

Advertised at around £1400 with 50 of each coming to Europe.  What do you think?

 

Gibson Midtown Standard

Gibson Midtown Standard

The Midtown Standard with Bigsby® has a solid mahogany body a solid maple top with f-holes is glued on and comes ins Faded Red, as shown,  or Ebony Black.

A solid mahogany neck is carved to  ’60s-style profile that measures .800″ at the 1st fret and .875″ at the 12th, and has a bound rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium-jumbo frets and nice reflective dot inlays.

Profile – ’60s-style SlimTaper Neck
57 Classic (Alnico II) Bridge
57 Plus Classic (Alnico II)
Bigsby b70 Vibrato Tailpiece
Schaller roller-saddle bridge

Duane Eddy Gretsch G612ODE Signature

This Duane Eddy signature model is based on a ’57  “Chet Atkins” style G6120 that he used on some of his  string of late 1950s and early ’60s instrumental hits.

To give the axe it’s full title it is the “Gretsch G6120DE Duane Eddy Signature model hollow body guitar”  Like me he is still around despite the rock and roll lifestyle.