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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
This new offering from Gibson is a long-scale, drop-tuned instrument with a 28″ scale length that is suitable for lower tuning.
It comes with a maple top and weight-relieved mahogany body. The mahogany neck has the ’50s profile with a rosewood fingerboard that has 22 medium-jumbo frets and a 12-inch radius with a 1 11/16″ nut width.
I have yet to try this guitar but my immediate thoughts are around balance and weight for playability and how much use I would get out of it to make it worth forking out over £1000.
The Pawn Shop Series instruments are all-new Fender guitars with a mixture of diverse Fender components. Fender call them “guitars that never were but should have been.”
This is the Fender ’51. It has a Stratocaster® body and a “C”-shaped Telecaster® neck. Pups are a Texas Special™ neck pickup, and a Fender Enforcer™ humbucking bridge pickup.
Here we have the Fender ’72. It has a semi-hollow Stratocaster® body with f hole and a Telecaster® neck with a Enforcer™ humbucking bridge pickup and a standard Wide Range humbucking neck pickup.
The Mustang Special has a modified offset Mustang® body, ’60s “C”-shaped 24” short-scale maple neck, and dual Fender Enforcer™ humbucking pickups with ’70s-style covers and unique switching.
More info here http://www.fender.com/en-GB/products/pawnshop
Not content with adding a Bigsby to a LP standard, Gibson announce the Les Paul Axcess which is marketed as the Alex Lifeson (of Rush) model.
This hybrid has two high-output humbucking pickups with series/parallel wiring options via its push-pull volume controls, and a Floyd Rose® licensed unit that is not only vibrato system but also loaded with GraphTech™ Ghost® piezo bridge saddles.
Combining the series/parallel options with the Ghost’s® realistic acoustic tones for a blend of acoustic and magnetic voices
You can route it all through a traditional mono jack (labeled “Regular”) using a single guitar cable, or use two cables to split your acoustic sounds into a separate output path using the “Regular” and the “Life-O-Sound” output jacks together.
While the Floyd Rose® looks a little better than the Bigsby VS I have not been a huge fan of them in the past. Perhaps Gibson have made some improvements to this “licensed” version and at an advertised price of around £2,699 one would hope so. The electronics are interesting but it is doubtful that they are much different to those found on other guitars with split coils. The addition of the GraphTech™ Ghost® piezo seems to be at odds with the high output humbuckers. Anyway I would like to try one.