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

Xtra Lite strings for your Air Guitar

Air Guitar Strings

Air Guitar Strings

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.