Founders Keepers: George Blanda Jazzmaster

Fender’s R&D guru George Blanda tells Chris Vinnicombe all about his contribution to the Custom Shop’s 30th anniversary celebrations… George Blanda has been responsible for decades of innovation at Fender. His Founders Design instrument is a reimagining of the Jazzmaster inspired by the Olympic White and tortoiseshell scratchplate combination More...

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By On Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Art & Lutherie Legacy Tennessee Red

Combining believable vintage looks with modern production techniques, this mid-sized acoustic offers the best of both worlds. James Stevens investigates… The seemingly unending stream of new mid-priced acoustics More...

By On Monday, February 12th, 2018

PRS SE Bernie Marsden Signature 2017 LTD

The Whitesnake founder’s signature guitar returns to the stage. Chris Vinnicombe finds out if it’s a beast of its own… As co-writer of Whitesnake’s most famous songs, Bernie Marsden’s place in rock More...

By On Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Gretsch G5435 Limited Edition Electromatic Pro Jet

Limited to just 250 pieces in Europe, will this affordable single-cut leave Chris Vinnicombe feelin’ blue? Although the Electromatics are no longer the most affordable Gretsch guitars – the sub-£400 Streamliners More...

By On Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Blackstar HT Venue MkII Club 40 & Stage 60 212

Blackstar gives its award-winning mid-price amplifier range an overhaul. Chris Vinnicombe checks out the new breed… 2017 was a big year for Blackstar Amplification. First, the company marked 10 years since More...

By On Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Ernie Ball Paradigm Strings

A year after we first saw them at NAMM 2017, we get to grips with these highly advanced strings. Can we believe the hype? Simon Bradley tunes up…  Click here to win a set of Ernie Ball Paradigm Strings! Where More...

By On Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

Manson Guitar works MA-25 Anniversary Edition

Manson has chosen to mark a quarter-century of high-class luthiery with one of the sparkliest guitars we’ve ever seen. Richard Purvis prepares to sing for absolution… The Mansons have been making guitars More...

By On Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Black Volt Amplification Crazy Horse

Eye-catching cabinets and a unique vibe have seen this LA amp company generate the right kind of buzz among A-list players. Huw Price saddles up the Crazy Horse… The design, materials and technology utilised More...

By On Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Deimel Guitarworks – Firestar Custom

Quirky looks and even quirkier electrics make this German boutique creation a guitar for the true individualist – but will it flick all the right switches for Richard Purvis? The North American Guitar is a More...

By On Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Taylor Builder’s Edition K14ce with V-Class bracing

Taylor’s V-Class bracing is a seismic shift in acoustic construction that promises more volume, great tone and improved intonation. Huw Price takes a deep dive… Whether you’re a Taylor Guitars aficionado More...