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 Mustang

Seen at the Guitar Show in Birmingham yesterday this new MIM version based on the classic Mustang “Offset” shape expands the range.  Retailing in the UK at around £490 for the single coil MP90 pickups with the more conventional single coil model a little cheaper. Continue reading

Fender Duo Sonic Reissue

First introduced in the 1950’s  this guitar came with a much shorter scale (22.5″) aimed perhaps at the younger player or people with smaller hands.  The body style, known as “Fender Offset” is similar to the Mustang. Continue reading

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

Gibson Futura Models

In 2014 Gibson introduced Les Paul and SG models called Futura.  If you have not heard of them you are not alone.  I stumbled across one while in Spain. Continue reading

American Deluxe Stratocaster® HSS Shawbucker

This new release for 2015 comes in four finishes with either Rosewood or Maple fingerboard. 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