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

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.

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