Vintage Bench Test: 1950 Fender Broadcaster – Broadcast Quality

The roots may be showing on this old blonde, but it sure can sing. Huw Price surfs the airwaves with one of Fender’s first guitars: a 1950 Broadcaster… In the event you are unfamiliar with the story, the Broadcaster was Leo Fender’s first two-pickup guitar, but the name was dropped after Gretsch pointed out it was already using the moniker More...

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By On Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

Jackson X Series Marty Friedman MF-1 Review & Interview

Former Megadeth man Marty Friedman needs a guitar that’s built to shred, and this affordable Jackson seems to fit the bill. Darran Charles from Godsticks straps in and gets ready to rock, and also speaks to the More...

By On Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Rick Turner Model 1 Deluxe LBU & Special C Limited Edition

For many of us, Rick Turner guitars will have only crossed our radars as Lindsey Buckingham’s preferred axe. Huw Price samples two examples of hand-built US exotica that buck all the trends… The big round More...

By On Monday, August 6th, 2018

Lowden GL-10 Koa

What started as a one-off commission has ended up being Lowden’s very first production solidbody electric. Does it have the magic of the Downpatrick company’s acoustic models? Huw Price plugs in… When More...

By On Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

Eastman T49D/v

Why should rockers have all the fun? Chris Vinnicombe gets his fingers all in a tangle as Eastman takes its stunning Antique Varnish finishing process to the jazz club… The latest Eastman to land here at The More...

By On Monday, July 30th, 2018

Collings I-30 LC

The Texan company reinvented the ES-335 with its much-admired I-35 model. Now it’s the turn of the ES-330. Chris Vinnicombe takes a look under the hood… The Collings Guitars story began in the mid-1970s, More...

By On Monday, July 23rd, 2018

Fender Player Series: Player Power

The past two years have seen Fender reinvent its American Standard series as American Professional and American Vintage as American Original. Now the company’s attention turns to its entry-level models as we say More...

By On Monday, June 18th, 2018

Fender Strat-Tele Hybrid – Parallel Lines

Meet Fender’s limited edition Strat-Tele Hybrid, the first model in the company’s 2018 Parallel Universe series. Launched at the Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California back in January, Fender’s Parallel More...

By On Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

TV Jones Spectra Sonic Supreme

TV Jones is a renowned pickup maker, but the American company is no slouch when it comes to electric guitar design, either. Chris Vinnicombe takes the Spectra Sonic for a spin… TV Jones is a brand name synonymous More...

By On Monday, June 4th, 2018

Gretsch 135th Anniversary Models

We’ve often raved about Gretsch Electromatics and been consistently wowed by sheer quality of the Players Edition Anniversary, so what happens when they go head to head? Huw Price indulges in a spot of jazzboxing… We More...