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Knaggs Eric Steckel Kenai T/s
PRICE: £5,399 (inc case) ORIGIN: USA TYPE: Single-cutaway, carved top, solidbody electric BODY: 1-piece mahogany with carved Tier 1 maple top and back NECK: Mahogany, Knaggs ‘C w/Slight V’ profile, glued-in SCALE LENGTH: 629mm (24.75”) NUT/WIDT
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The Evolution of the Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman
Chet Atkins begins collaborating with Gretsch First batch of 50 manufactured; single-cutaway; dual Filter’Trons; ‘stairstep’ Grover tuners Advertised alongside 6119, 6120 & 6121 signature models Zero fret; bone nut (replaces metal nut); Gretsch
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Tech Spec
ORIGIN: USA TYPE: Reverb pedal FEATURES: True bypass, 24 presets, 12 reverb types (Room, Spring, Plate, Reverse, Echo, Trem, Mod, Dyna, Auto-Inf, Shimmer, Polyphonic, Resonant) CONTROLS: Reverb Type selector, 2x parameter knobs, Fx Level/Inf Level
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Singled Out
Many of us want the right name on the headstock, and in recent years Gibson’s revitalised management has upped the ante on its USA production models. Available in ’60s or ’50s versions, it’s hard to argue with the proposition. Weights on the non-weig
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Mcnally Shane Hennessy Om Signature
PRICE: £3,999 (inc Mono gigbag) ORIGIN: Northern Ireland TYPE: Cutaway electro-acoustic Orchestra Model TOP: Sitka spruce BACK/SIDES: Walnut MAX RIM DEPTH: 102mm MAX BODY WIDTH: 380mm NECK: Single-piece mahogany SCALE LENGTH: 645mm (25.4”) T
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Tapestry Of Tone
Fender’s Custom Shop guitars are the best the Californian company makes. And yet, within the Custom Shop itself, there is also another tier beyond that: guitars made by the company’s master builders, its most experienced and skilled luthiers, each of
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The Players
Four stage-friendly signature pedals to help get you #BackToLive Kotzen always chooses his endorsements meticulously – and here he has an all-in-one solution. This second iteration changes the SansAmp footswitch to an on/off push-button, and includes
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Steve Cradock
What was the first serious guitar that you bought with your own money? “The first guitar I bought was from a catalogue. It was a Kay bass guitar and it didn’t have a name on it, and I remember I paid 65 quid for it. I believe it had copper strings
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Steve’s Go-to Rig
“I’ve got two Blackstar combos that have got Peter Blake artwork put on them. Then I go into my effects ’board, which is quite old-school. I’ve got quite a lot of Boss gear: a delay that I use for reverse delay, two distortions, an RE-20 delay, and a
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On The Mend
Since I started working as a guitar maker, I have always taken on repair and restoration jobs. As well as helping to establish a steady income stream in the feast-or-famine world of guitar making, repair work has allowed me to see first-hand the succ
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Fender American Acoustasonic Jazzmaster
PRICE: £1,879 (inc gigbag) ORIGIN: USA TYPE: Double-cutaway offset-style electro-acoustic BODY: Mahogany (hollow) with inset Sitka spruce top NECK: Mahogany, modern ‘deep C’ profile, bolt-on SCALE LENGTH: 648mm (25.5”) TUNERS: Fender standard c
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Gas Of The Month
What? Martyn Booth Signature Where seen? www.martynboothguitars.co.uk Price? £5,350 (with MB logo Hiscox or TKL case) If you want a guitar that’s built with the finest materials, with as much skill and attention to detail as you’d find anywhere o
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Tech Spec
ORIGIN: USA TYPE: Analog Weirding Module pedal FEATURES: True bypass CONTROLS: 7x sliders: Vol, Sens, Range, Bright, Fuzz, Rate, Sub. Internal slide switch and trimpot, bypass footswitch CONNECTIONS: Standard input, standard output POWER: 9V bat
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Albums
10/10 If you haven’t experienced Greg Koch at full throttle, do yourself a favour and head on over to YouTube and be amazed. Monster chops doesn’t even begin to cover it. And, to cap it all, he’s a Michelin Star tonemeister, serving up Telecaster-fl
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Shut Up ’n Play Yer Guitar
MIKE KENEALLY: “Mine is the specific version of The Idiot Bastard Son that Frank prepared for the Mothermania compilation. The tape is running at a different speed from the [We’re] Only In It For The Money version, there’s no weird talking section in
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Go Pro
With arguably the world’s richest guitar amplification legacy, Fender can hardly be blamed for occasionally looking to its own back catalogue for a little inspiration. Fender’s classic early 60s black-panel amplifiers are universal benchmarks for Ame
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Perfectly Frank
It was well overdue. Since Zappa’s death in 1993 there has been a yawning gap where a film about his life should be, and actor/ director Alex Winter found it hard to believe that nothing had been done to fill that space so far. “It seemed striking to
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Under The Hood
Once again peering into the rear control cavity we’re met with that large PCB loaded with trillions (well, over 380 components) of surface-mount components and that has little in common with the simple radio technology of the solidbody versions. Inte
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Alex Lifeson’s Open Chords
Compared with the piano, the guitar’s potential to play a variety of chords may seem limited, but these supposed restrictions force us to explore its scope for mixing the tones of open and fretted strings, creating unusual voicings that contain scale
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Light Work
If you’ve never dropped below your nines and 10s, you might be surprised by the choice you have. Our Rotosound set (£5.49) is gauged at 0.008, 0.011, 0.014, 0.022, 0.030, 0.038. Like all our set suggestions here, the bottom three are wound, the tops
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New Solo Album: Track By Track
“I did the record in eight days,” says Steve of his new album, I Found The Sun Again.“We’d go in, no rehearsals, no demos, no click tracks, no lockup with a computer. I wanted to do it like they used to in the early 70s: play the track, do the solos
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The Rowdy Cousin
Breaking the rules is a key part of the design of the American Acoustasonic platform. It’s a concept that really shouldn’t work, but with the release of this Jazzmaster, the third version, it clearly does. It was just as much a surprise as the origin
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Straight Eights
A missed call on my phone from my dentist had me quickly redialling. I didn’t know dentists had reopened, but I could do with a quick check-up. “Oh, hi, Dave. Would you be able to take a look at a couple of my guitars?” I should have guessed. And, ye
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Steve Lukather
“I had a Kay acoustic guitar. A piece of wood with strings on it, man. Five bucks maybe. I struggled to make this thing make noise. My parents made it into a lamp for my 21st birthday, as a joke, because at that point I had a hit record and all this
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‘Mark I’ Mesa/boogie
Every now and then, a bona fide classic amp will be plucked from a cupboard, attic or garage and shown the light of day after spending years in the dark. Many of these amps didn’t retire from service in the best shape, having been heavily worked, mod
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Blues Headlines
RITCHIE BLACKMORE has long been associated with the neo-classical/baroque lines that inspired the young Yngwie Malmsteen and Randy Rhoads. Indeed, he has continued on this path somewhat with the Renaissance-inspired Blackmore’s Night, though this gen
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Eye Poppin’ Candy
There are few top makers who don’t have a single-cut in their ranges and Knaggs is no exception. The Kenai is no stranger to these pages and is a part of the more Gibson-inspired Influence Series. It has been a key model since master guitar maker Joe
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Oceans 12
When we took a look at the Oceans 11 a few issues back, we were aware that its lack of stereo outputs could be a dealbreaker for some potential users. Now, Electro-Harmonix is back with a version that can not only run in stereo if required but actual
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Under The Hood
The vintage-style control circuit uses long shaft CTS 500k pots and Orange Drop 223J (.022 microfarads) tone caps. Both the Seymour Duncan ‘Candy’ humbuckers here have four-conductor wiring, although that’s not used; they are simply linked in series.
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Tones Behind The Tracks
Artist: Marty Friedman Album: Tokyo Jukebox 3 (Mascot Label Group/The Players Club) Regularly hailed as one of the most innovative and explosive guitarists in the rock arena since his appearance on Cacophony’s 1987 debut album, Speed Metal Symphony
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