Vintage Bench Test: 1956 Gibson Les Paul Custom – Custom Fit

The black-lacquered, jazz club sophistication of the earliest LP Custom takes more of its styling cues from Steinway than Stromberg. Huw Price steps out with a grand ’56 model… Introduced in late 1953, the first Les Paul Custom differs from the standard Goldtop model in three ways – an all-mahogany body, a fully intonatable bridge and a ‘staple’ More...

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By theguitarmagazine.com On Monday, June 11th, 2018
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The Money Shot: Fender 1963 Precision Bass & 1964 Telecaster

The 8 March guitar auction at Gardiner Houlgate in Corsham, Wiltshire, featured a staggering array of desirable vintage instruments, but two of our favourites were beaten-up sunburst Fenders from the first half More...

By theguitarmagazine.com On Tuesday, June 5th, 2018
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Vintage Bench Test: 1963 Fender Stratocaster

You might think that the idea of unearthing an all-original golden-era Fender that’s been kept under a bed or in a closet for decades is pure fantasy. But they are still out there, as Huw Price’s encounter with More...

By theguitarmagazine.com On Wednesday, April 25th, 2018
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Vintage Bench Test: 1969 Gibson Les Paul Custom

In 1953, Les Paul asked for a guitar that “looked like a tuxedo”, but by the late 60s the Custom had built its own legend. Huw Price checks out a strummer from ’69… The luxurious Les Paul Custom evolved More...

By theguitarmagazine.com On Monday, April 16th, 2018
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Andy Scott’s ES-335 – Block Buster

Andy Scott’s red ES-335 starred on the Sweet’s remarkable string of glam hits in the early 1970s. Steve Clarke gets up-close with this storied Gibson and busts a few myths about it along the way… Before More...

By theguitarmagazine.com On Thursday, April 5th, 2018
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Vintage Bench Test: 1960 Gibson Les Paul Standard ‘Duggie Lock Burst’

There are times when an instrument is so wonderful and iconic that staying appropriately impartial and dispassionate can be a challenge. With that in mind, this gorgeous 1960 Les Paul Standard is going to be a test More...

By theguitarmagazine.com On Wednesday, March 14th, 2018
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Vintage Time Machines: Gibson Trini Lopez

With its diamond soundholes, the Trini Lopez is one of Gibson’s most recognisable semi-hollow designs. This original 60s example is in excellent condition for its age… While never one of the more mainstream More...

By theguitarmagazine.com On Monday, February 12th, 2018
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Vintage Bench Test: 1969 Gibson Flying V

Ted McCarty’s modernist models were ahead of their time but second time around, they proved perfect for psychedelia, glam, metal and more. Huw Price test pilots a 1969 Flying V… These days, the Flying V More...

By theguitarmagazine.com On Monday, February 12th, 2018
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The Money Shot: 1965 Guild Duane Eddy 400

This hollow-bodied twangtastic beast was one of the highlights of the December 2017 Gardiner Houlgate Guitar Auction (www.guitar-auctions.co.uk) down the road in Corsham, Wiltshire. The vintage Duane Eddy signature More...

By theguitarmagazine.com On Monday, January 15th, 2018
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Vintage Bench Test: 1948 Gibson L-4

It may appear old and tired but this Gibson is fighting fit and ready for action. Huw Price gets to grips with a late-1940s workhorse that’s still punching its weight nearly 70 years after it came out of Kalamazoo… In More...